Title: The Imaginary Friend
Author: Kelly Hashway
Release Date: July 04, 2011
Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. But will Samantha be able to move on and fulfill her duty as an imaginary friend?
This book was only 3,220 words long (6 pages in PDF form), but every words was used with purpose! I have never felt so emotional over a short story before. I felt for Sam and the heart-ache she was going through. Kelly is able to bring the reader through the ups and downs of loving a friend, losing him/her, then having to move on and make more friends. The story is broken into 2 parts: first being introduced to Sam and the idea of imaginary friends; the second being in Imagination Land where Sam must move on. Each character you meet is brought in with a purpose and you can feel the love written into this story.
This would be a great book for a child who has recently had a friend move away (or similar situation). I also found it great to read just because. I have been in a bit of a reading slump this month, but this story did provide me with an amazing break from the real world – even if it was only for 20 minutes or so.
Rating: 5 stars – Loved It!
The Imaginary Friend can be purchased for free from Smashwords