Book Review Tuesday: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

It takes a special type of book to get me to drop everything when I get home from work and start reading.  Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky was one of these books.  The hardcover version is 705 pages, and I read it in five days.

I was hooked from the first chapter, and was driven by a need to know what would happen next, which is the hallmark of a solid suspense thriller.  Imaginary Friend manages to keep you guessing and leaves you reading until 3 or 4 in the morning, desperately fighting sleep to finish the next chapter.  

It’s on my list of books I want to read again.

Below is the review I wrote after I finished it last year:

Reading this book was an amazing experience. I bought it last year, having no idea what it was about, never reading the dust jacket (expect for a brief skim), and then picking it up off my bookshelf a week ago and diving in. 

And I enjoyed every minute of reading this book.

Chbosky creates a world that envelopes you in its mystery and suspense. Imaginary Friend felt like a Stephen King novel (an author I love!), and I look forward to his next book in this genre.

I 100% won’t buy it and wait almost a year to read it. It’s buy it, read it next time!

If you’re a fan of Stephen King, suspense thrillers with the supernatural twist, and complex stories that deliver, I highly recommend Imaginary Friend.

What did you think of Imaginary Friend?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Writer’s Workshop Wednesday: Stephen Chbosky

Last year, I read Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky loved everything about it.  I stayed up way later than I should have while reading this novel and would even rush home from work at night to jump back into the mesmerizing story.  I love books like that, and Imaginary Friend is a definite page-turner. 

Stephen Chbosky’s best-known book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was successfully adapted to the big screen thanks to the authors writing and directing talents.  He also has written and/or directed several films, including Rent (the 2005 adaptation), As Above, So Below (2014), Beauty and the Beast (the 2017 live-action remake), Wonder (2017), and the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen (the 2021 film adaptation).  

Below are some interviews with Chbosky talking about his various projects and writing.


Check back next week for another great author!