The Imaginary Friend

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
Samantha and Tracy have been best friends since kindergarten, but now that Tracy has gotten over her shyness and made new friends, Samantha is feeling left out. This is nothing compared to how she feels when a strange girl named Jessica tells Samantha that she’s actually an imaginary friend. Tracy has outgrown Samantha, and it’s time for Samantha to help another child who needs her. More
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About Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor, and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.

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Review by: J Lenni Dorner on May 11, 2015 :
A short read well suited for younger readers.

It's a story that will assure children that it is okay to come out of their shell and grow-up. This seems aimed at comforting the reader in knowing that imaginary friends left behind will be all right. That they are here to do a job and will move on to do another when it's time.
(review of free book)
Review by: Chrys Fey on Oct. 18, 2014 :
The Imaginary Friend is clever, cute and so sweet. Kelly Hashway created a beautiful story about imaginary friends, their world and their jobs. Children who don't have an imaginary friend will sure want one after reading this story (or having this story read to them).

I had an imaginary friend when I was little, so this story spoke to my inner child. I couldn't help but smile at the end. Adults will enjoy this story just as much as kids!
(review of free book)
Review by: Heather Kerr on March 20, 2014 :
I have never felt so emotional over a short story before. I felt for Sam and the heart-ache she was going through. This would be a great book for a child who has recently had a friend move away (or similar situation). Great job Kelly!
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Review by: Ellen Fleischer on July 11, 2012 :
Sweet and sad and hopeful. A simple story that made my heart ache. Brava!
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Review by: Beverly Diehl on Oct. 6, 2011 :
Like many kids, I had an imaginary friend, but never thought about what happened to him when I abandoned him. This delightful short piece takes a look at how s/he must feel when that occurs - and what happens next.

It's very well written and the characters are very believable. Would recommend to any young person (or parent of same) going through that period of change and growth.
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)
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