Stephen Chbosky is a novelist, screenwriter, and film director, whose 1999 debut novel was the mega bestselling coming-of-age story The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. He also directed the 2017 film Wonder, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. He is in talks to direct the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky’s long-awaited second novel, which he spent nine years writing. He lives in Los Angeles.
Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Imaginary Friend says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an entertaining thriller. In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the doughnut. Spiritual enlightenment and horror. I don’t know how he did it. But he did it. It’s a masterpiece.” — Emma Watson