Cuevas, Michelle Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacque Papier, 169 pgs. Penguin (Dial), 2015, $16.99. Language: G: (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
8-year-old Jacque Papier is tired of not been noticed. No one talks to him at school, his teacher never calls on him, even his parents seem to ignore him. Only his twin sister Fleur, who is his best friend pays any attention to him. They do everything together. One day, he overhears his parent talking about their concern that his sister’s imaginary friend is becoming a problem. Jacque is so jealous he can hardly stand it! Fleur has an imaginary friend and she never told him? Turns out Jacque is an imaginary friend, not a real twin brother. So he goes on a quest to find himself.
I loved the premise of this book, but it sure got strange in the middle. Although the characters are young, it would require the sophistication of a bit older reader. Creative and well written, the other imaginary friends reminded me of characters from Raggedy Ann and Andy. I love the message that they are real to the imaginer and “you’re only as invisible as you feel, imaginary or not.”
MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian