Title: Sundays at Tiffany’s
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Fantasy and love story (mostly realistic)
Rating: 3 out of 5stars
Jane Margaux’s mom is the head of a huge production studio in New York, and she only spends time with her daughter on Sundays when they go shopping for diamonds at Tiffany’s. Jane is okay with this though, because she has her thirty five year old Imaginary Friend Michael to keep her company. The job of an Imaginary Friend is to care for a child between the ages of six and nine. Once a child turns nine though, his or her imaginary friend is forced to leave. This is made bearable only by the fact that when the child wakes up the next morning they will no longer remember their friend. However, when Michael leaves Jane, Jane doesn’t forget him. As she grows older she continues to think about Michael, and when she is in her thirties she meets back up with him. The more time they start spending together the more questions begin to arise; why hasn’t she forgotten him? Why have they met back up? And what does all of this mean?
I thought Jane’s mom, Vivienne, was the character that connected most to the theme. All she cared about was being perfect, being beautiful, and making Jane that way too. But the theme of the book was the exact opposite; do not get to caught up on the small things in life, but instead focus on the bigger picture- exactly unlike Vivienne. The difference between her and the theme painted a vivid picture of exactly what it was trying to get the reader not to be like. An ah-ha moment for me was when I finally realized that even though an imaginary friend seams imaginary to everyone but the child, they really aren’t. They are actually a “real imaginary” thing.
I would recommend this book to girls only who don’t mind a slightly slower paced story. The writing style reminded me very much of Sarah Dessen’s books such as The Truth About Forever, and even Jodi Picoult’s like Keeping Faith and Change of Heart. If you’ve read and enjoyed any of these, you will enjoy Sundays at Tiffany’s.
So what would you do if an imaginary person who left you long ago returned, only this time not Imaginary?
--Mekenna, 8th grade
Good review Mekenna. I appreciate your spot-on reading recommendations!