Can’t Wait Wednesday: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title: Imaginary Friend Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Horror

Length: 720 pages

Release Date: October 1, 2019

Blurb (from GoodReads): We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.

Why I’m Excited For It:  I was curious, when I read that this is the same author who wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  These seem like two very different books, (unless I have a gross misunderstanding of what Perks..of a Wallflower is about- please do let me know).

Aside from being a new-to-me author, this story is exactly the kind of story I love.  An epic fight between good and evil in a small town and (maybe?) a kid to save the day.  It sounds an awful lot like something King could have written, and you all know how I feel about King.

What new releases are you looking forward to?

19 thoughts on “Can’t Wait Wednesday: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

  1. Perks is a contemporary coming of age story and this sounds completely different! I’m excited to see what he does with the horror genre, and it’s been so many years since his last book came out, I feel like this is going to be really good.

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  2. This really does sound like a Stephen King novel! And as such, though it sounds interesting, I will wait and let other people read it and tell me if I’d like it or be too scared by it before I even consider it. 😉

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    • It’s being called “literary horror”, I’m not sure what that means exactly, lol. I have a feeling it means: “less gory and more poetic than King”. But I’d love it if it was really scary, as long as the kids are all okay.
      I also got lucky and was able to snag an advanced copy, so I’ll let you know how it turns out!


      • I hope you enjoy it! I would normally describe “literary horror” as horror without the paranormal stuff so often in King’s work, but based on the synopsis for this book, that’s probably not what they mean. Then again, Dracula and Frankenstein could both potentially fall under “literary horror” and they have paranormal elements to them.

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      • That’s true! I hadn’t considered those- and I definitely do get some paranormal vibes from that description, but then again a good vs evil battle could be anything….

        Huh. I’m going to have to check out the first chapter or two when I get home!


  3. so I have never read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but I’m really excited for this book as well! I have seen people live tweet their reading experience on twitter, and their reactions are… quite interesting. I’m excited to see how Stephen King will transition to writing horror from coming of age contemporary, so I may pick this up if its reception is convincing!

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    • Huh- I didn’t know live tweeting book reactions was a thing- I’m definitely going to have to check that out! And yes- it’s definitely an interesting change of genre!


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