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Imaginary - Jamie Sullivan Can we just agree that this is the most ADORABLE cover EVER???!!! Gah...I want to hug it...3.5 starsThis book made me sad. I don’t think that was quite the intention. But, it just did. I probably shed more tears than the author ever planned on for a reader. I don’t like reading about 5 year old boys who are lonely and don’t have friends. It breaks my heart in ways hearts shouldn’t be broken. And any story about a young kid who is unloved in the foster system…well…I can’t even express how much that kills me…Personal issues aside…Aaron is a 5 year old who stumbles upon a new friend, James. For 10 years they grow closer, even though Aaron comes to find that no one else can see James and lest he get picked on, teased, and called crazy any more than he had, he keeps James secret. He also falls in love with him.The relationship between Aaron and James is childlike and innocent and sweet. What they provide for each other is what you’d want for anyone – companionship, complete trust, family, love. But, of course, I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Is James really “imaginary”…or is there something more to his story?I loved Aaron and James. I loved that they had each other in their lives. I loved that Aaron, despite growing up, would never let go of James as his friend, imaginary or not. I loved James’ complete devotion to Aaron. I even kinda loved the plot twist and the big reveal.I didn’t love the 3 years between 15-18. I don't buy the explanation there. And I didn’t love the ending – and though I love a package wrapped up all nice and tidy, this one just didn’t jive…I can’t imagine reco’ing this to many of my friends. It reads more like a children’s book than even YA. But, I did enjoy it for the most part…