Summary (from Goodreads):
“Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.
A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett.”
This book reminded me a lot of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks. The difference, though, is that this one is a middlegrade book (recommended for fans of Coraline).
It’s definitely an interesting book, although I’m not sure that it’s going to be that appreciated by kids. It’s something I think would appeal to a lot of adults, however. (It’s a little dark, for one thing, and there’s also really not a lot that happens, per se. People who want a lot of adventure may be disappointed, but this book made me think about how quickly childhood is over. (I promise it’s not depressing, though!)
The synopsis says it’s scary, but I think it’s more creepy than anything. There are unsettling parts, but nothing worse than what you’d find in Roald Dahl (think The Witches especially).
I very much enjoyed reading this and while I doubt there will be a sequel, I would like to check in on Amanda again (preferably with Rudger).