Overall Rating- 4.5 out of 5 stars
Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!
Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl living in the shadow of her successful mother and broadway producer Vivienne Margaux. Fortunately for Jane, imaginary friends are assigned to lonely children just like her. Jane’s imaginary friend, Michael, becomes her best friend and only comfort. The only bad part about the arrangement is that at age 9, he must leave her- it’s the rules. Once an imaginary friend leaves however, the child forgets them forever. This makes it easier for the transition to take place. Well for everyone except Jane. She is well into her thirties and still thinking of Michael. Just when she hits a low point he walks back into her life prompting many questions from both of them. Can they fall in love? Why did Jane remember Michael? Most frightening of all, why was Michael reassigned Jane?
Brief Review- Will not contain spoilers!
This quick read is lovable from the first page. The journey that the reader goes through as Patterson walks through Jane’s life is touching. You feel like you are a part of Jane and Michael as the perspective shifts between them from chapter to chapter. Both of their innocent demeanors give the book a magical quality. The surprises that pop out when it seems that all hope is lost make this an invigorating tale. I truly did not know where the book was going to end which is rare and extremely engaging. I gave this book a 4.5 and not a 5 because sometimes I think authors get stuck on the little details. Many people love this effect so this is more of a personal preference. I do not need to read an entire chapter about how the main character gets ready in the morning. I like to know details that will add to the story but many romantic stories do dwell on random details to fill space when it is highly unnecessary. Nevertheless, this is an enticing story that wraps you in from the first page.
Here are some specific things that enhanced this book:
- Michael- The mystery of Michael really had me stumped. Once he deduced that he was brought to Jane to help her leave the world I was devastated. I thought I knew the ending and was getting ready for a tragic event to unfold. His thoughts regarding why he was acting so funny and why he was with Jane really made his role interesting. This was definitely not your typical romance which I desperately appreciated.
- Jane- Her innocence and sass mixed together to make a well-rounded main character. You grew to love and appreciate her but even more than that the reader was able to watch her unfold and develop. This subtle change was expertly drawn out throughout the story. I almost did not realize that she was changing making it extremely lifelike. I loved the dynamics she provided.
- Supporting roles- The supporting roles were given enough detail and individuality to make for an interesting background. Most importantly the supporting characters such as Vivienne, Hugh, Owen, Claire and Patti all enhanced the main characters. Through these characters depth was drawn within Michael and Jane. For example, the way Michael cared about Patti when Owen was taking advantage of her showed his compassion. The way Hugh swayed Jane showed how desperate she was for affection. My only complaint regarding these characters was sometimes their roles were overdone meaning they were exaggerated. I understand that if they were not, the book probably would have had to double in size to allow their subtle cues to accumulate into something meaningful. I believe the authors went the right path in keeping the story moving but sometimes they came off strong.
- The theme of children- Throughout this book it is made apparent that the authors appreciate children. Even as Jane grows Michael still sees her child-like innocence and loves her for it. Children are precious individuals that deserve proper treatment and this book uses that fact to weave together a deep message.
This was a great book that serves as a quick read. Please see the morality rating below but also let me know what you think or if you decide to read the book!
Morality Rating- 3 out of 5
This was definitely a big and unnecessary shock about the book. It was so pure and delicate but towards the end the relationship between the characters grows. I would not recommend this book for young teens as there are sexual references and one chapter (Sixty-six) that is slightly graphic. This book is labelled as an adult book probably for these reasons. I just skipped over it and was fine- a few chapters after have some heavier references. It is a shame because none of it was necessary and could have been avoided. This is another reason I did not give the book 5 out of 5 stars. These small details make the pool of potential readers much smaller.