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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

It was true, everyone hated Jacques Papier --- everyone except his sister Fleur and his parents, that is. Fleur, it seemed, was the only person who really saw him. They carved their initials into a tree and drew maps of their world. Even still, Jacques was sad. Nobody ever picked him for kickball, his teacher never called on him and his parents sometimes forgot to set his place at the table.  He felt invisible and ignored. This is when he realized that he was, in fact, invisible. He was Fleur's imaginary friend.

Author Michelle Cuevas wrote a magical story about what it means to be real with CONFESSIONS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND. Through our narrator Jacques Papier, she tells us, "...that's all anyone wants, to be known..., to be seen. I don't mean our hair or our clothes, I mean seen for who we really are.  We all want to find that one person who knows the real us, all our quirks, and still understands." Jacques, although imaginary, is just like all of us.  

This is easily one of the best books I have ever read. No matter how old you are, if you have a heart it will melt, if you have a brain it will wonder and if you have a mouth it will smile.

Cuevas also developed many touching metaphors throughout the novel that were both creative and thoughtful. For instance, when talking about how it’s easier to see what makes someone else special than what makes yourself special, Jacques says "I guess you can't know what those things are about yourself. Maybe it's because you're too close to see it, like a flower that looks down and thinks it's just a stem." 

Although there were many tearjerkers throughout the book, there were just as many parts that made me laugh. Cuevas made references to THE GIVING TREE and THE LORD OF THE FLIES that made me smile, and she put Jacques into farcical situations that would make anyone giggle, like when he filled out paperwork for the Imaginary Office of Reassignment in an unexpected manner.

This is easily one of the best books I have ever read. No matter how old you are, if you have a heart it will melt, if you have a brain it will wonder and if you have a mouth it will smile. This book taught me that the line between imaginary and real is a blurry one. Or maybe it's not there at all.   

Reviewed by Maya Berman on September 14, 2015

Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
by Michelle Cuevas

  • Publication Date: April 4, 2017
  • Genres: Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books
  • ISBN-10: 0147514339
  • ISBN-13: 9780147514332