Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hang Out With Your Imaginary Friend

Happy Thursday Everyone,

I just read Sundays At Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet.

I first found out about this story from the Lifetime Channel Movie, starring Alyssa Milano and Eric Winter, Stockard Channing and Ivan Sergei. I liked the movie quite a bit (it's going to be showing again on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.). I wanted to see what the book was like...and I ended up really liking the book.

The book follows the story of Jane Margaux, daughter of big time Broadway producer, Vivienne. Who doesn't have much to do with her daughter, aside from taking her to the Tiffany's store every Sunday.

Lonely and pretty much ignored by her mother and her estranged father, Jane finds solace in the company of Michael, a man who appears to be somewhere in his thirties. Although, not everyone can see him. Michael is an imaginary friend, assigned to Jane as a companion, comforter, and support until she turns 9 years old.

On her 9th birthday, Michael bids the tearful Jane a sorrowful goodbye, because those are the rules of Imaginary friends.

Fast forward 23 years later. Jane is dating a self-absorbed actor, working for her mother, but has never forgotten Michael, despite his assurances she'd forget him the day after he left.

Michael believes he's on vacation since he's in between jobs. During this time everyone can see him and he can do pretty much as he pleases. He feels pretty good about his place in the world.

Then he sees Jane. Michael hasn't changed at all, but Jane's all grown up.

When they're reunited sparks will fly...but are they meant to enjoy a happily ever after together?

Like I said...that's the book. The movie is a bit different:

Jane's last name is Claremont in the movie.  When Michael and Jane first meet, Michael is about Jane's age (instead of being an adult). When Michael sees Jane again, they're both grown up.

There are some other differences. Both stories are sweet in different ways.

If you have an opportunity, I recommend immerse yourself in this very imaginative, sweet and heart-warming story.

Have A Terrific Thursday!


Cheri Jetton said...

I read the book some time back, curious to see what Patterson considered romance; loved the story. The movie will have skewed things if it portrays Michael as a child, because he was her guardian angel, more or less.

Anyway, the story is wonderfully unique, even if the ending tied everything up in a syrpy bow. That, I feel, was a cop-out.

Bethany said...


Thank you for dropping by! The movie has its own good things about it (in my opinion). I do love the way the story is unique. Imaginary friend was a great angle :-)