An ordinary, nothing-special girl who feels invisible most of the time, Ellie’s not the kind of girl to get noticed—except by her mom, who constantly nags her not to be such a dreamer, and the class bully who makes her life miserable. It’s kinda grim for a girl who’s painfully shy.
But Ellie has a best friend she can turn to whenever she has a problem. Well, some might call him an imaginary friend, since they’ve never actually met outside of dreams. And, sure, Ellie knows it’s kinda weird to have a friend no one else can see, but since her real-world friends currently number one, she figures an imaginary friend can only improve her social life. Even better, since he isn’t real, she can tell dream-guy-Gabe anything, without ever worrying that he’ll ditch her for someone cooler or embarrass her by blabbing her secrets. And so what if she happens to have an itsy-bitsy crush on her reality-challenged friend? Who’s it hurting, really?
Things are about to get complicated because there’s a new guy in school—a guy with hauntingly familiar eyes. A guy who knows things about Ellie that he shouldn’t have any way of knowing…
“It had me smiling, laughing and crying at points. I very highly recommend this story!”
“The story is simple, with a classic love story in high school with more depth and strength by a few unexpected twists. It’s a sweet story about… finding the courage to take a chance with the seemingly impossible.”
CIR: What is the main character like?
HONEYCUTT: Ellie Cross is really kind and smart, a faithful friend you can always depend on. She’s also a painfully shy outcast with low self-esteem who finds it hard to stand up for herself when bullies target her. She feels overlooked and unloved most of the time, even with her family. She doesn’t believe anyone could think she’s beautiful. The only time she feels accepted and understood is when she’s with her “imaginary friend” and dreamguy, Gabe. He’s the keeper of all her darkest secrets, the one she turns to when things get too tough to handle. Because of him, she’d much rather live in dreams than in the real world. According to Ellie, reality is totally overrated.
CIR: Readers wanted to know: Is there more coming?
HONEYCUTT: I am in the middle of writing the second book now and hope to have the first draft complete by the end of the summer. If all goes well, the second book will be published before the end of the year 2014.
Lia London, host of this site, read this book and thought it was perfect for teen girls. See the review here.