Imaginary by Poppy Jackson
Review by Leslie Fear
This book was personally sent to me by it's young author, Poppy Jackson and let me tell you folks, once I started reading, I knew I liked it immediately. This is Paranormal YA at it's best. The storytelling was surprisingly good and so was the editing, which only aided in it's well executed flow.
Charlotte Todd is a misfit in school and when she meets "Moody", (the boy with a funny nickname), and equally awkward fellow student, they become fast friends. The trouble they encounter with other more popular kids is unfortunately a reminder of what still continues to happen...yep, bullying is alive and well is suburbia. No problem though, Moody's a big dude and becomes somewhat of a body guard for Charlotte - but also loses his heart along the way to the very girl he now protects. Enter Benjamin Emerson. The supposed imaginary "friend" in Charlotte's life; who's been in her life since she remembers seeing him at the age of 6. Although, he represents a much more complicated element for her. Benjamin, who over the years hasn't changed in appearance, finally establishes a permanent role in Char's daily life...and Moody, who's now in love with her, is green with envy; the kind only a teenager could fully experience. Things become increasingly tough for Charlotte as everything gets terribly real for her "best friend" love for Moody and the romantic love she's always carried for Benjamin.
I really enjoyed this book. It surprised me at how well the story was told, especially by a first time author. Ms. Jackson is seriously someone to watch as I look forward to continue reading this paranormal series. This is also a great book for my 13 year old daughter to sink her teeth into. There's no bad language, but Jackson tells the story with edge and believeable banter; which is difficult to pull off.
Very well done, Ms. Jackson...I Am Impressed.