How to Make a Friend, Fleur Smithwick

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author: Fleur Smithwick
Publisher: Bantam Press
Pages: 352
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0593073363
ISBN-13: 9780593073360
Bantam Press: eBook| Hardcover| Paperback
How To Make a Friend

Alice is quiet for her age, and very lonely. Bullied at school and ignored by her preoccupied and dysfunctional family, Alice has only one friend – Sam. Alice and Sam go everywhere together, do everything together. That is, until Alice grows up, and grows away from Sam.
As a teenager, she is inseparable from her best friend Rory, and infatuated with his beautiful and unattainable older brother, Jonathan. As she gets older she gets more confident, Jonathan even starts to notice her – and Alice’s childhood awkwardness falls away.
Until, the night of her father’s wedding, there is a terrible accident, and Sam reappears in her life. But Sam might not be what he seems, and he might not be as nice as Alice remembers...

Imaginary friends. I guess every child has one at some point. In this story Sam the imaginary friend forgets to play his part badly. Imaginary friends are there to do what you want and help you when no one else does. Not work against you. The way Sam develops in a nightmare is interesting. It really started to make me wonder how imaginary he was.
Alice is struggling with her guilt and her loss, fighting to get back to health herself without any significant help from her family. Now she has to fight Sam too. The reactions of her family Sam made me angry. It is easy to feel for Alice and wanting her to have a better life.
Still in the end this story failed to really wow me. The story has to many moments where the tension and emotion fall flat making it even possible to put it down for a good nights rest with only 20 pages to go.
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