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Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her h Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.


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Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her h Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

30 review for The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lyn

    I could say that Stephen King “hits a home run” with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon but that would sound trite and campy. But what the hell. King hits a home run, this is a great book. It’s about a nine year old girl (but big for her age) who gets lost in the woods – and a lot more. This is about fear, deep primal fear that is at the roots of our childhood and never really goes away, just retreats back into a far, dark corner to wait. Most everyone has a memory from childhood when a hand held was su I could say that Stephen King “hits a home run” with The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon but that would sound trite and campy. But what the hell. King hits a home run, this is a great book. It’s about a nine year old girl (but big for her age) who gets lost in the woods – and a lot more. This is about fear, deep primal fear that is at the roots of our childhood and never really goes away, just retreats back into a far, dark corner to wait. Most everyone has a memory from childhood when a hand held was suddenly - not held; when a parent was there – and then not there. When a path in the woods was suddenly lost. Everyone has a memory from when they were suddenly alone. King knows better than most any writer today about fear, and here he demonstrates his incredible ability to awake in the reader a deep primal fear that we all can recognize, and what better illustration of that recognition than a little girl lost in the woods? Trisha realizes when she “felt the first winnow flutter of disquiet” that she was lost in the woods, and from there King leads us in an uncomfortable, suspenseful long walk in the woods with a very likable protagonist. Reminiscent of Algernon Blackwood in his brilliant The Willows and especially in The Wendigo, King creates an antagonist in an almost personified menace of “the woods” or “the wild” and finally in a mystic representation of a wild god. And of course – baseball. BRILLIANT! As a baseball fan himself, King plays on the spiritual quality of the game while adopting baseball’s natural rhythm in the novel’s structure. *Tom Gordon really did have a phenomenal season in 1998, an all-star election and 46 saves, finishing 69 games.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reed

    Let me begin by saying I am an ardent Stephen King fan and have been since reading "The Stand" back in 1978. First, I like the genre. Second I believe him to be the best story teller alive on the planet today. That being said, even though I have read nearly everything he has written under any pen name, this is the only review I plan to write for the extensive King library. What is unique about this book was that it barely stepped into the usual worlds of Stephen King. It is a story about how a y Let me begin by saying I am an ardent Stephen King fan and have been since reading "The Stand" back in 1978. First, I like the genre. Second I believe him to be the best story teller alive on the planet today. That being said, even though I have read nearly everything he has written under any pen name, this is the only review I plan to write for the extensive King library. What is unique about this book was that it barely stepped into the usual worlds of Stephen King. It is a story about how a young girl survives being lost in the woods. And while there are some supernatural elements in it, they are not the overriding storyline. The focus is more on her psychological battle to survive. It's a tale of courage and the strength of will. You don't have to be a soldier or an athlete to be strong, you simply need the heart and mental toughness to never quit. This is a book you won't put down until you've finished it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mario the lone bookwolf

    The more minimalistic the setting, the more ingenious a writer has to be to make it suspenseful and King does this by describing a scared, small girl in the wilderness, fighting to survive with cleverness and perseverance. How the marvelous description of the relentless but wonderful nature, one seems to be inside while reading, switches with the thoughts of the girl and how she motivates herself to stay optimistic and move on is exciting at any moment. I am a European who knows absolutely nothi The more minimalistic the setting, the more ingenious a writer has to be to make it suspenseful and King does this by describing a scared, small girl in the wilderness, fighting to survive with cleverness and perseverance. How the marvelous description of the relentless but wonderful nature, one seems to be inside while reading, switches with the thoughts of the girl and how she motivates herself to stay optimistic and move on is exciting at any moment. I am a European who knows absolutely nothing about baseball and even those passages are interesting, because they are directly linked to her emotions and symbolize the importance of hope and that hope can be awakened by the seemingly most trivial and mundane things one doesn´t find worthy noticing anymore until an extremely exceptional situation occurs. Near-death experiences, surviving a potential terminal illness, overcoming a trauma… it all opens the consciousness for the worth of the moment and mindfulness. So the girl is pretty Buddha too. Readers who aren´t so interested in literary experiments and just one character based narratives might find no pleasure with this one, but everybody who is open for a new, rather short read, should trie it. I have to say, I am biased, praising the King is one of my favorite hobbies, people tend to run fast and as far as possible as soon as I mention his name, but I am pretty fit, so the poor fellows have no chance, although it´s difficult talking too much and quickly during exhausting pursuits and sometimes they intentionally run against obstacles or buildings and that´s great because it´s much easier to blather sitting in an ambulance, despite the annoying sirens; but I haven´t found someone just close to his uniqueness and one of the largest fanbases in the history of literature may agree with me. Praise him, hail him, worship the King! The most amazing fact is that King is no plotter, but lets the characters take control and gets lost in the creative flow while listening to music. One day in his shoes, man, how must it feel to be in such a creative process… Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brina

    With my holidays finally coming to a close after a busy month, I was in need of a quick, fast paced read. A few of my goodreads friends in a group I regularly participate in, the reading for pleasure book group, engage in many buddy reads of thrillers and spooky stories that are otherwise out of my comfort zone. Psychological thrillers have been known to give me the creeps, and I still can not watch a scary movie past three in the afternoon in case it plants an idea in my head that would give me With my holidays finally coming to a close after a busy month, I was in need of a quick, fast paced read. A few of my goodreads friends in a group I regularly participate in, the reading for pleasure book group, engage in many buddy reads of thrillers and spooky stories that are otherwise out of my comfort zone. Psychological thrillers have been known to give me the creeps, and I still can not watch a scary movie past three in the afternoon in case it plants an idea in my head that would give me a nightmare. Yet, when the small group decided to read Stephen King's The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon I decided to join them. King is an ardent Boston Red Sox fan and even owns a minor league team, so what could be better than a book by an impassioned baseball enthusiast read during baseball's post season. Trisha McFarland is nine going on ten and tall for her age. Her parents had gotten divorced the year before and her mother won custody. Both Trisha and her older brother Pete would have rather lived with their father Larry McFarland. Even though he on occasion could down a few beers too many, he still lived in the house that they knew as home, and they would be allowed to stay in the same schools. Trisha also shares a bond with her father, a love of baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox. Larry saw how much the divorce had taken a toll on his kids so he wrote to Tom Gordon, Boston's closer at the time of this book (1998) and Trisha's favorite player, and asked him to sign a Sox cap for her. This cap cements the bond that Trisha shares with her father and becomes her most prized possession. While Trisha and Pete prefer the company of their father, their mother Quilla Andersen over compensates by dragging them on outings each Saturday when Pete would rather be playing video games and Trisha hanging out with her friend Pepsi or watching the Red Sox. After the divorce, Quilla appeared to lose sense of who her children were, becoming self-centered and uncompromising. Her staunch behavior would come back to haunt her. On a seemingly normal Saturday outing, Quilla has dragged Pete and Trisha to an Appalachian Trail hike near the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Instantly, Quilla and Pete commence on one of their classic arguments, losing site of Trisha. Immediately, she becomes lost in the woods. King paints a picture of a girl on the cusp of adolescence who is forced to come of age before her time. Relying on basic survival skills taught by both her parents and in science class, Trisha is forced to utilize her knowledge to not succumb to the big bad woods. The one link to the outside world that Trisha has left is her Walkman radio and with it Red Sox broadcasts each night as long as her batteries last. It is Trisha's imagination and her love of the Sox and Tom Gordon that have her creating life imparting wisdom from Gordon as a means for survival. This wisdom comes from being the ninth inning pitcher, the one called on when the game is on the line, who must have ice water in his veins at all times. In creating these imaginary scenarios in which Tom Gordon is her safety net and guiding light, Trisha attempts to defeat the opposition, the woods, unscathed. In his prose that comes from being a master of his genre, one can see that King can create a scary story in no time at all. Yet, for someone who is scared if a person walks up behind her, I was not scared at all. Part of this is having an imagination as rampant as Trisha's, especially an imagination that created scenarios with a childhood me having conversations with my favorite baseball players. That time is based on when the Red Sox play and how the team kept her tethered to reality felt normal to me. If I ever got lost as child, g-d forbid, I would probably have had imaginary conversations with baseball players in my head too, if it meant staying focused on the task ahead of me. Empathizing with Trisha's situation and having a similar imagination, I did not scare when she created big bad monsters, real or imagined. All along I figured that Tom Gordon would save Trisha just as baseball players saved me from a recurring nightmare I had as a kid. For someone who does not enjoy being spooked, I was not scared at all by reading Stephen King. I viewed this story as a coming of age tale of a girl who is a product of divorce and finds herself lost in the woods, using baseball as her anchor. It is evident from reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon that Stephen King is a huge fan of the game, as he inserts baseball facts and statistics within the story. Perhaps for someone who does not have as large of an imagination as I have or who is not a fan of baseball, this book would be scary. After all, the woods, as King states initially, is a scary place, especially for a girl who is nine turning ten and big for her age, who finds herself lost. If I really want to get scared, I will maybe just maybe read another of King's non-baseball centric stories at a later date. That is, if I read it before three in the afternoon so it doesn't give me nightmares. 3.5 stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    Stephen King has confessed that he suffers from “literary elephantiasis”: that is, his novels tend to bloat. I would agree. Compared to the three- to five-hundred page efforts of his early days, the current productions weigh in starting at a thousand plus: even though his books remain eminently readable, I for one prefer the early, slimmer King novels before he caught this disease. But in between these gargantuan tomes, Steve produces small novellas rather like master chefs produce snacks once in Stephen King has confessed that he suffers from “literary elephantiasis”: that is, his novels tend to bloat. I would agree. Compared to the three- to five-hundred page efforts of his early days, the current productions weigh in starting at a thousand plus: even though his books remain eminently readable, I for one prefer the early, slimmer King novels before he caught this disease. But in between these gargantuan tomes, Steve produces small novellas rather like master chefs produce snacks once in a while as a break from five-course dinners. While many of them are light reading by his standards, suitable to while away an afternoon but nothing to write home about, some exceed expectations. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is such a book. The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. Trisha MacFarland discovered this when she was nine years old. This is a suspense novel about a girl lost on the Appalachian Trail. On a hiking trip with her mother and brother, young Patricia MacFarland wanders off the path, ostensibly to take a piss but actually to get away from the constantly bickering pair of her parent and sibling. A small miscalculation and wham! She suddenly finds herself lost in the woods, frantically searching for a way out. As her situation grows more and more desperate, she has only her walkman for company; and through it, Tom Gordon, the Red Sox player. Soon, Tom (who points to the sky as if invoking God as he throws deadly balls to pluck out victory from the jaws of defeat) joins Trisha in her increasingly hallucinatory journey and his advice proves to be her salvation in the gripping climax. Stephen King is a master of infusing the fantastic into the humdrum. He tells us that the facade of normalcy is only a sham which can tear at any moment and expose the terrifying visage beneath: that your parents may tell that there is no boogeyman in the closet but we know better, don’t we? Trisha’s trip across uncharted woods soon turns into a metaphorical passage across the primeval forest of the psyche: and the monster stalking her takes on mythical dimensions. When human beings reach the end of their tether, they call out to God even if they don’t believe in Him: but what God? Steve gives us three choices: the New Testament God (the one Tom prays to with his finger pointed to the sky) who physically intervenes, but not always to one’s benefit; the God who is immanent in the universe but non-intrusive (Trisha’s father’s “subaudible”, more of a dormant force than a person); and the terrifying ogre God of all primitive religions including the Old Testament, the “God of the Lost” who comes from the thing in the woods. Trisha has to choose – and when the time comes, she enters into “the zone” (as sportsmen like Gordon would say) – and closes. As Tom says, it’s God’s nature to come out in the bottom of the ninth. Modern sports have a lot of things in common with tribal religion. Even though I don’t know anything about baseball, I could imagine a youngster like Trisha in India bonding with a cricketer like, say, Sachin Tendulkar. Stephen King has used this trope perfectly to craft a delicious little tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Trisha MacFarland's parents recently divorced. After which, her mother decided to move to Sanford, Maine, bringing the kids with her. Their father still lives in Medford, Massachusetts, where their family home was located. Pete, Trisha's older brother, did not take the move well. He continues to punish their mother daily with his contentious attitude. Trisha tries to remain upbeat, but if she's being honest, the constant fighting between Mom and Pete is treading on her last nerve. On the day they h Trisha MacFarland's parents recently divorced. After which, her mother decided to move to Sanford, Maine, bringing the kids with her. Their father still lives in Medford, Massachusetts, where their family home was located. Pete, Trisha's older brother, did not take the move well. He continues to punish their mother daily with his contentious attitude. Trisha tries to remain upbeat, but if she's being honest, the constant fighting between Mom and Pete is treading on her last nerve. On the day they head out for a hiking excursion along the Appalachian Trail, on the border of Maine and New Hampshire, they're at it again. Pete is in a particularly foul mood. Her Mom has been doing this a lot since their move. Planning little outings for them on the weekends. Trisha doesn't mind them, but the adventures rarely go well. Pete would rather be home on his computer and makes that fact known, a lot. Trisha doesn't even know why her Mom bothers. As they hit the trail, Pete and Mom take the lead, arguing the entire time. It's like Trisha is invisible. They pay no attention to her whatsoever. When Trisha decides she needs to pee, she hops off the trail and goes a little way into the dense woods. She doesn't need any hikers watching her doing her business. That's how Trisha becomes lost. Left on her own, with just the items in her pack, Trisha must figure out a way to survive. She facing not just Mother Nature, in all her brutal glory, but also, she feels something following her. Something old and dark that wishes to do her harm. Survival stories are one of my favorite subgenres of Horror. I personally spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, hiking and exploring. In fact, I was along this same section of trail in late September. This is an area I absolutely love, but still can make me nervous. It's a lot of woods, one wrong turn and... I think the fact that getting lost in the woods is one of my biggest fears contributed to my enjoyment of this one. Being in thick woods on your own is such a powerful feeling. It heightens all of your senses. I felt that through this writing. With this being said, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is an incredibly well-written story, which I think can be enjoyed by anyone; even if you've never been hiking a day in your life. Trisha proves to be a resourceful girl, even though she definitely makes some mistakes. She's nine! I became so invested in her. She loves the Boston Red Sox, her favorite player being a famous relief pitcher of the time, Tom Gordon. Although really, Trisha knows the ins and outs of the whole team. Trisha has her Walkman with her and is able to get the Sox games on it. That is her only company. Her one connection to the outside world; to her humanity. I highly recommend this short novel to anyone. There's a lot to be found within these pages, just as there is within the dark, dark woods.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan May

    This isn't a big book, but it's one of my fave Stephen King books. It's brilliantly written and I think any lost-in-the-woods book will pale against it. King keeps his "I digress" waffling moments out of this one. Don't get me wrong I love his waffling most of the time ... it makes for great characters. The ominous feeling of the little girl being stalked by something unknown is so powerful. I read this in one sitting. Any reader who thinks Stephen King isn't a literary genius should read this boo This isn't a big book, but it's one of my fave Stephen King books. It's brilliantly written and I think any lost-in-the-woods book will pale against it. King keeps his "I digress" waffling moments out of this one. Don't get me wrong I love his waffling most of the time ... it makes for great characters. The ominous feeling of the little girl being stalked by something unknown is so powerful. I read this in one sitting. Any reader who thinks Stephen King isn't a literary genius should read this book. This man is never more formidable when he is writing in a small set with one character. This book should be studied in schools. Also, there's a moral. Don't wander off on paths in the woods, kiddies! Bad things can happen. Listen to your parents, too. Or bad things will happen. lol.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rodney

    Once upon a time, I could buy Stephen King books with confidence it would be a good read. I think this book is the worst one I've read by King, and maybe one of the worst I've ever read, period. I do not have to words to properly express how crappy this book was. Once upon a time, I could buy Stephen King books with confidence it would be a good read. I think this book is the worst one I've read by King, and maybe one of the worst I've ever read, period. I do not have to words to properly express how crappy this book was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    This was my first time reading this book. I know, I'm just as shocked as you are. So why hadn't I, our resident King fanboy, read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon? Well... I was homeless when it was released. That period of my life was the first of three times I would live on the streets. In 1999, I had successfully alienated myself from my immediate family (my mother and sisters; Dad had moved back to California by this time) due to my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and had moved into an apartment wi This was my first time reading this book. I know, I'm just as shocked as you are. So why hadn't I, our resident King fanboy, read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon? Well... I was homeless when it was released. That period of my life was the first of three times I would live on the streets. In 1999, I had successfully alienated myself from my immediate family (my mother and sisters; Dad had moved back to California by this time) due to my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and had moved into an apartment with this heroin addict named Jill. Four months later, Jill got herself cleaned up and decided to kick me out. I was replaced by a guy I came to think of as Studhammer McSwingin'-Dick. In reality, his name was Kirk. Kirk was an addict, too, but his drug of choice was weightlifting. I would eventually come to write about Kirk. Some of you know the character of whom I speak. All that is still no excuse for me having not read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I could have very well read it once I got my shit together, but I didn't. For the longest time, I thought it was an internet-exclusive novella, like Mile 81 and UR, and I was waiting for it to be released in a collection. It wasn't until last year (2014), that I realized the damn thing was actually a full-length (albeit short) novel. Am I mad it took me so long to get around to it? Not really. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is an okay little book written in the vein of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; one of those human-versus-nature books that values life lessons over plot devices. But, in this case, Hemingway's novella is far superior. There's not a whole lot going on in King's book, and the majority of the problems I had with it have to do with the cast. The characters within are some of King's shallowest. Our MC Trisha is a one-note kiddo who's obsessed with real-life baseball player Tom Gordon, a relief pitcher for King's most favoritest bestest team in all the land, the Boston Red Sox. Her brother Pete is your typical whiny-ass teen who prefers Dad to Mom in the world of New Divorce. Mom and Dad are just there; I got no feel for their characters at all. One of the plus sides of the book is something King refers to as Wasp-Priest. What a creepy thing that was. The first time Wasp-Priest is mentioned is some of the creepiest work King's done since Pet Sematary. "The God of the Lost" is a cool name, too, but the reveal at the end of the book was kinda shit. What Trisha ended up facing off with was rad and all, but the way King delivered the reveal was anti-climactic. I literally said, "Fucking really? Dude, you didn't even try." I think King was hoping to rely on the build up he'd created earlier in the book to carry over to the end. Unfortunately, it carried about as well as a sack with a hole in the bottom. Overall, I give The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon a pretty "Meh" rating. It is, without a doubt, mediocre King material. There are far better King books, but there are far shittier ones, too. In fact, two of his shittiest novels are up next on my reread list. Back to back: Dreamcatcher followed by From a Buick 8. I might read Hearts in Atlantis and Nightmares and Dreamscapes in between. Haven't decided yet... Anyway, after From a Buick 8, it's another Decade with King post. Obvious tie-ins: The novel takes place around TR-90, which is the location of of Mike Noonan's vacation home, Sara Laughs (Bag of Bones). This puts The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon inside the Dark Tower universe--guilty by association. Trivia: This is the last book King released before a van ran him down while he was out on his daily walk, almost killing him. King would write about the experience in On Writing and The Dark Tower. Other novels influenced by the accident are Dreamcatcher and Duma Key. In summation: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a highly-readable, mostly actionless novel with cardboard characters and an ending lacking any luster whatsoever. You probably won't regret reading it, but, if you choose to skip it, you won't be missing anything special. Final Judgment: Contains more walking than The Hobbit and the entire The Lord of the Rings saga combined.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5* One of my biggest fears is to get lost in the woods. Stephen King makes a story out of this horrifying situation with a 9 year old little girl. It has all the eliminates that one would experience in a situation like this: paranoia, hunger, sickness, and even a predatory stalking her. This is a quick read, which is not common for a King book, but like most King books you will not regret reading it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    I very much enjoyed this story about a nine 'but big for her age' year-old girl who gets lost in the Maine wilderness. For the most part. So let's get down to it. What I liked: The girl who loved baseball. Yep, that pretty much sums up why I loved this book. I mean, how can you not love a nine-year-old who loves baseball, in large part because she shared it with her absent-through-divorce father. And maybe I'm a little biased because I was a kid who loved basketball, and then baseball, and then I very much enjoyed this story about a nine 'but big for her age' year-old girl who gets lost in the Maine wilderness. For the most part. So let's get down to it. What I liked: The girl who loved baseball. Yep, that pretty much sums up why I loved this book. I mean, how can you not love a nine-year-old who loves baseball, in large part because she shared it with her absent-through-divorce father. And maybe I'm a little biased because I was a kid who loved basketball, and then baseball, and then football. Yep, I had favorite players, I could recount their stats. I knew who they pitched against, if they had trademark moves, etc. And for sure I could understand why and how baseball was her link to the world, how she listened to the games for solace and sanity and hope, for escape and, well, everything we love about sports as children or adults. And the girl was tough-as-nails but not unrealistically so. I didn't even mind that she cried ALL the time. I mean, not only was it realistic, but it didn't annoy me how, say, reading YA books about girls crying all the time makes me want to throw the book against the wall. No, when Trisha cried, it fit into the story and didn't make her seem like a spoiled whiny brat (sorry, I have a thing against girls who cry a lot in books). Instead of giving up and feeling sorry for herself, our plucky little heroine gets her resourceful butt up and goes on. Which, incidentally, brings me to the next part of my review: what I didn't like so much. First of all...I may have read this wrong, but I'm pretty sure this is how it happens. Girl hiking in woods with family. Girl comes to fork in the road, goes off in the MIDDLE to pee, and gets lost. She tries to slant off to one side to catch up with her family on the trail, taking the short cut. Okay, so maybe the trail winds away somewhere and she wouldn't intersect it that way. So what does she do? She keeps walking. FOR NINE DAYS!!!!! Hello, why not just turn around? She's in the middle of a fork. When she realizes she's lost, if she'd turned around and gone back, she'd have to either run into one of the two trails or come back to the intersection. It's geographically not possible that she wouldn't. Draw a picture if you don't believe me. For such a smart, resourceful kid to not think of something so simple...I don't believe it for a minute. Not for a kid who knows what to eat in the woods better than I do, and I'm an adult who happened to grow up, that's right, IN THE WOODS! The next thing that sort of bothered me was how she got sick from drinking clear pure stream water. That's pretty much a myth. If you drink stream/river water that comes out of a farm where there's runoff from animal dung, maybe. In the middle of a pristine forest? Not so much. I'd buy it if the swamp water, or the puddle water, made her violently ill ie food poisoning, but not the clean water. And the last thing. Yeah, I know, SK points out that this was her first bad decision, to go north towards Canada instead of south when she got to almost civilization. I could see how she'd miss when she was so close. I could see how she didn't hear the town. But who goes north? Come on, she's seen maps, right? She lives in Maine, right? Can anyone name a town north of Maine besides, um, Canada? Can anyone name a town south of Maine? Yeah, that's what I thought. This girl was way too smart to make those mistakes. If she'd been an idiot, I'd buy it. But then, she wouldn't have lived. So I guess my final word would be this: come on, Mr. King. Don't fall back on the same lame old lost-in-the-woods cliches. Your fans expect more. Also, like most of King's almost could-happen books, I didn't need the supernatural stuff. It was hokey. There's plenty of horror in real life, plenty of scary situations for a girl lost in the woods. We really don't need wasp-gods to know it's scary. Really. I like King's supernatural books fine, but some of them, I always think, are more plausible (aka scary) without it. Those elements just ruin the spine tingling "this could REALLY happen" vibe and distract/detract from the suspense. Maybe he just adds it bc he thinks the fans like that? I know I don't need it in every book. Not. At. All. I definitely fell in love with the character in this book, which is one of the things that Stephen King does SO well. I just didn't buy all the circumstances. But overall, it was a satisfying, if not exactly terrifying, story. I'd recommend to younger King fans or those just getting into his work. And YA readers. And people who have gotten or would like to get lost in the woods.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Seeking a filler before tackling more of my TBR pile, I turned to Stephen King for one of his shorter novels. I chose well, taken into the backwoods of the Appalachian Trail and a harrowing tale of a young girl. While out on a ‘forced hike’ with her mom and brother, Trisha McFarland strays from the path and finds herself lost. What starts out as an adventure of sorts soon turns nerve-racking and eventually into a terrible ordeal. Armed with only the lunch she packed for the hike and a few suppli Seeking a filler before tackling more of my TBR pile, I turned to Stephen King for one of his shorter novels. I chose well, taken into the backwoods of the Appalachian Trail and a harrowing tale of a young girl. While out on a ‘forced hike’ with her mom and brother, Trisha McFarland strays from the path and finds herself lost. What starts out as an adventure of sorts soon turns nerve-racking and eventually into a terrible ordeal. Armed with only the lunch she packed for the hike and a few supplies, Trisha is left alone in the woods. Thankfully, she has her Walkman, allowing her to tune in and listen to the reports of her disappearance, as well as catch a few innings of her beloved Boston Red Sox, with dreamy relief pitcher, Tom Gordon. As the story progresses, King offers up views not only from Trisha’s perspective, but also her panicked family, pushing the narrative into moments of intensity. With only the sound of the game to ground her, Trisha cheers on her team and dreams of encounters with Tom Gordon to keep her relaxed. With help surely on the way, Trisha will have to navigate through the woods in hopes of hearing someone calling out for her, or die with Tom Gordon and his pitching heroics on her mind. A wonderful stroll through the less graphic side of King’s mind, this story is both engaging and highly entertaining. Recommended to those who love King’s creativity, as well as the reader who wants something to bide their time. I have always said that Stephen King knows how to write a wonderful tale, while inserting twists I would not predict along the way. This story was no different, though offered some uniqueness that I have come to expect. The story moved along well, divided into ‘innings’ as the reader progresses through this larger game. Trisha McFarland proves to be a wonderfully entertaining protagonist, taking the reader into her young mind and all that passes through it while she tries not to panic. Much is revealed about her, particularly the struggles she has with her parents’ divorce and how she is trying to come to terms with it. The reader learns much of her backstory and some development here and there, which is essential to tie into the larger narrative. King is able to use others to help advance the plot as well, with vignettes focussed on the other family members as they worry, or flashbacks to events that define them. The plot was sound, as many are in a King story, though not always what I might have expected. King is always able to extrapolate on an easy idea and proves a master of his craft, helping to shape an already strong narrative. While only a filler for me, I did not feel the need to rush, as the story clipped along at a wonderful pace. I love a good King story and there are so many, I won’t ever run out! Kudos, Mr. King, for another winner. I have your latest book to tackle soon, but this was a wonderful appetizer to tide me over until then. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hershey

    This book was a huge sucker for me. I'm not a fan of horror and only when the planets align themselves properly and when the sun doesn't shine for three days do I ever pick up books from this genre. Apparently there was a fault in the alignments because I didn't like or enjoy this book one bit. I didn't hate it either but lack of any emotions is just as bad. The plot sounded quite promising. A girl lost in the creepy woods... what scary things might await her? NOTHING! Unfortunately, I didn't find This book was a huge sucker for me. I'm not a fan of horror and only when the planets align themselves properly and when the sun doesn't shine for three days do I ever pick up books from this genre. Apparently there was a fault in the alignments because I didn't like or enjoy this book one bit. I didn't hate it either but lack of any emotions is just as bad. The plot sounded quite promising. A girl lost in the creepy woods... what scary things might await her? NOTHING! Unfortunately, I didn't find anything scary in this book. Nothing made me look under my bed during the cold dark nights. There were pretty gross scenes but that doesn't count as scary because they only made me want to vomit. I also didn't like Trisha, our main character. She's only 9 years old and would have been quite interesting to read about but I just found her too boring and was also quickly losing interest. I guess, in other words, that this book was not meant for me. This was also my first Stephen King's book and I'm pretty sure this won't be the last. I've heard great things about his other novels and will surely pick it up when you know, the planets and the sun do their job. For a better review, click here. To know what the whole plot is about, click here. I would suggest you find something else to read because this ain't a good book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I first read this book in high school and I loved it just as much (if not more) this time around as I did back then. Although it's quite a short book, it manages to make me FEEL so much every time I read it. I think a big part of why it resonates with me so much is that I'm someone who has an incredibly terrible sense of direction and one of my greatest fears is getting lost and not being able to find my way back. And this book brings that fear to life for me and makes me feel like I'm lost alon I first read this book in high school and I loved it just as much (if not more) this time around as I did back then. Although it's quite a short book, it manages to make me FEEL so much every time I read it. I think a big part of why it resonates with me so much is that I'm someone who has an incredibly terrible sense of direction and one of my greatest fears is getting lost and not being able to find my way back. And this book brings that fear to life for me and makes me feel like I'm lost alongside Trisha. I don't think I'd be as strong as her in the same situation though. She is one HELL of a fierce child, no matter how scared she is or how much she feels like giving up, she just keeps pushing past it and surviving. She is and always will be one of my favourite King characters. I really love how the supernatural aspect is present but just kind of lingers on the edges, making you wonder if it's really there, just like Trisha finds herself doing. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story and makes it all that much more terrifying!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gerhard

    Stephen King is one of the few writers I have been reading religiously since a teenager, either buying or snagging a library copy of every new release roughly as they were published. Hence, like millions of others, I feel rather possessive about the phrase ‘Constant Reader’. That’s me, goddamit! I am your biggest fan! (Every reader has a bit of Annie Wilkes in them …) For some reason, I skipped The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon from 1999. Or I probably just ignored it, as I neither like nor understan Stephen King is one of the few writers I have been reading religiously since a teenager, either buying or snagging a library copy of every new release roughly as they were published. Hence, like millions of others, I feel rather possessive about the phrase ‘Constant Reader’. That’s me, goddamit! I am your biggest fan! (Every reader has a bit of Annie Wilkes in them …) For some reason, I skipped The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon from 1999. Or I probably just ignored it, as I neither like nor understand baseball. Which is surely what most Americans think about our rugby. Somehow though I don’t think The Girl Who Loved Chester Williams would have gone down as well. Tom Gordon is an interesting book, published in the same year as Hearts in Atlantis. It follows the blockbusters Desperation (1996) and Bag of Bones (1998), and was followed, in turn, by On Writing (2000) and Dreamcatcher (2001). Of course, 19 June 1999 was when King suffered that terrible accident which proved almost fatal. What makes Tom Gordon such a prescient book in the King oeuvre is that he confronts religion – well, the existence of God, as it were – head-on. Trisha recalls asking her dad what he believes in. “I’ll tell you what I believe in. I believe in the subaudible.” Here her dad is referring to the quiet background thrumming of any house. God, presumably, is humming along in the background as well, part of the warp-and-weft of the very universe. And then there is: “I come from the God of the Lost. It has been watching you. It has been waiting for you. It is your miracle, and you are its.” … “I come from the God of Tom Gordon,” he said. “The one he points up to when he gets the save.” … This is because: It’s God’s nature to come on in the bottom of the ninth, Tom had told her. Interestingly, King would return to psychological intimacy, such a smaller scale, and the ambiguous horror represented by Tom Gordon in Gerald’s Game in 2017. I think part of the reason is because King really excels at these kind of ‘high-concept’ books: rabid killer dog (Cujo), haunted car (Christine). Of course, one cannot include It here as simply being a book about a killer clown. Tom Gordon strips King’s writing and ideas down to a mere couple of hundred pages (which for King is like a narrative precis). The writing is taut as a bow, and the narrative is relentless. Here King’s mastery at characterisation – his uncanny ability of getting inside a fictional person’s skin until you seem to hear their thoughts and feel their breath – is on magnificent display. A big criticism I have of King is laid to rest with Tom Gordon as well. A native of Maine, he rarely seems to write about his native state’s natural heritage, other than the back woods briefly mentioned in Pet Sematary. It would take a non-native Irish writer, John Connolly, to instead mine the richness available here. Well, King doesn’t go all Hemingway on us with Tom Gordon (thank God). Suffice it to say that the nature writing here is superlative. The long descriptive passages, riffing on light and texture, are incredibly immersive and detailed, and some of the most beautiful writing that King has ever produced. And then there is the (inevitable) monster. I think that King, of all people, truly understands that evil is banal. The brilliance of It is that the book transforms a wholesome American symbol such as the clown into the living face of that banality. Always up to a challenge, in Tom Gordon the monster is truly faceless (apart from the wasps, which is a classic King trope of evil). How King weaves this sense of a faceless presence into Tom Gordon, and how the story darkens and approaches a showdown that seems straight from the Dark Tower, is a writing masterclass in sheer technical perfection. And when the inevitable showdown does transpire, it is because we know it will, and because King understands so well that some dark, unacknowledged part of us actually wants shit to go down. What made me marvel at the ending of Tom Gordon (not the coda; no halfway decent King book only has a single ending) is that the appearance of the boogeyman in no way diminishes the evil, as it often does in Hollywood CGI-stuffed horror movies. Here King understands so well what terrifies us the most: that beyond the clown, or the car, or the dog, is simply nothing. We are nothing. And that is the greatest horror of all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandeep

    "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted." This is a story about a young girl called Trisha who goes on a hiking trip with her mother and brother along a branch of the Appalachian Trial and becomes separated from them after talking a toilet break. I love character interactions and relationships, so the fact that this story focuses primarily on one character lost in the woods was not something I'd usually enjoy reading about. I was really liking the beginning of th "The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted." This is a story about a young girl called Trisha who goes on a hiking trip with her mother and brother along a branch of the Appalachian Trial and becomes separated from them after talking a toilet break. I love character interactions and relationships, so the fact that this story focuses primarily on one character lost in the woods was not something I'd usually enjoy reading about. I was really liking the beginning of the book where we get to know Trisha's family. The struggle began when we were midway into the book and things were stale for a bit. However, as I started the second half of the book, I definitely found myself enjoying it more and ended up loving the later half. The ending was done well too. I really love how King adds supernatural element to this story but it just kind of lingers on the edges, making you wonder if it's really there, just like Trisha herself is doing. It really adds to the atmosphere of the story and the feeling of uneasiness. Definitely not one of my favourite King books, but still an enjoyable read overall. Perhaps would have been more suited if it was toned down to a short story. All my biasness towards King couldn't help me rate this more than 3 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    One of my favorite stories to read are survival stories. They really push the main character to the farthest capacities of their mind, body and soul. In this story "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon", it was no different. The main character really struggles, but maintains her strength in a faith she doesn't know she has. Giving this book 5 stars. It wasn't my favorite of King's read, but there isn't any flaws that I could complain about so it gets the ol' 5 star treatment. Trisha McFarland is 9, almo One of my favorite stories to read are survival stories. They really push the main character to the farthest capacities of their mind, body and soul. In this story "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon", it was no different. The main character really struggles, but maintains her strength in a faith she doesn't know she has. Giving this book 5 stars. It wasn't my favorite of King's read, but there isn't any flaws that I could complain about so it gets the ol' 5 star treatment. Trisha McFarland is 9, almost 10 and big for her age. Her parents are divorced and her older brother is a complaining numskull. Pete hates his new middle school because he has no friends. He hates the fact that his parents are no longer together and blames them for putting the kids in the middle. One Saturday morning, Quilla, Trisha's mom decides that they will all go on a hike in the Appalachian mountains. The hike was said to be moderate and only 6 miles. From the moment the trio stepped out of the van on that early morning, the subaudible was already in motion. Pete and Quilla started arguing, which continued on the hike. Trisha couldn't take it anymore and decided she had to go pee. Scare them a bit for not paying any attention to her. Trisha could see the path from where she was squatting. However, instead of going back to the trail the way she came she cuts through the path at an angle. This was her downfall. She ended up veering from the original path and getting lost. The thing that saved her was a talk she had with her father about the subaudible, Tom Gordon, her walkman, and the knowledge that checkerberries and beechnuts are edible. The most important not mentioned above was her strength in herself to keep going. I found the story to be slightly unbelievable because as a mother of two boys, there is no way they would have survived that long in the woods alone with only their wits. Maybe if my kids were in boy scouts and was taught a little about surviving in the woods. Trisha isn't that savvy. She learned a little from her mom who is a plant enthusiast. She learned a little bit in school and t.v., but mostly she winged it. She was lucky. I have heard of other small children surviving in woods after being lost and it always amazes me. I'm a grown adult and I'd probably die in 3 days. I listened to this book on audio and it was read my Anne Heche, the actress. It was such a pleasant read. She did great being the voice of our 9 year old protagonist and really kept me in the game. I normally don't like books with sports in it, but this one was minimal only talking about the closing pitcher and fictional Tom Gordon. It was such a huge factor in the story to move Trisha along that I didn't mind. A friend commented that this book is a YA version of Gerald's Game and I can definitely see the resemblance. A female character on the verge of death having to use her own wits and own voices to help her escape. There is also a supernatural entity watching closely hoping she doesn't succeed. I enjoyed this book. This is the fourth book by Stephen King that I can remember that has a female protagonist. That may not be interesting to most, but I'm keeping track.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I missed the greatness of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the first time I read the book. Then, I decided to give the book another go since I hardly remembered the book. That was a wise move. Every step of the way of the book I was with Trisha as she tried to find her way back to civilization. I walked with her, I slept by her side, I suffered with her; I felt her pain when she was sick and hurt and I was with her the moments she listened to the radio, her only joy. She is only nine years old (tal I missed the greatness of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon the first time I read the book. Then, I decided to give the book another go since I hardly remembered the book. That was a wise move. Every step of the way of the book I was with Trisha as she tried to find her way back to civilization. I walked with her, I slept by her side, I suffered with her; I felt her pain when she was sick and hurt and I was with her the moments she listened to the radio, her only joy. She is only nine years old (tall for her age) lost in the woods, but what a tough cookie. I loved this book! I loved how King can write a story so good that the reader is pulled into the story!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Warning: Don't Get Skulled........Being stranded in the mosquito infested woods of the Appalachians is no fun for nine year old Trisha McFarland. With visions of The Thing following her and frightening words from The Cold Voice, her love of baseball and Boston Red Sox closer Tom Gordon is her only salvation.This 1999 Stephen King audio adventure (narrated by Anne Heche) is not really scary, but is entertaining with one hell of a final pitch! Warning: Don't Get Skulled........Being stranded in the mosquito infested woods of the Appalachians is no fun for nine year old Trisha McFarland. With visions of The Thing following her and frightening words from The Cold Voice, her love of baseball and Boston Red Sox closer Tom Gordon is her only salvation.This 1999 Stephen King audio adventure (narrated by Anne Heche) is not really scary, but is entertaining with one hell of a final pitch!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Strömquist

    Stephen King reading project #35 Safe to say this one did not do it for me. Writing is as good as ever, but this feels like something King should be able to write in his sleep (and he almost sent me there on more than one occasion, the New York Times reviewer that wrote the cover blurb should stay far away from really scary books as to not having to sleep with the lights on for all future). Can't shake the feeling that SK has written this story before; lost, watched and vulnerable protagonist ech Stephen King reading project #35 Safe to say this one did not do it for me. Writing is as good as ever, but this feels like something King should be able to write in his sleep (and he almost sent me there on more than one occasion, the New York Times reviewer that wrote the cover blurb should stay far away from really scary books as to not having to sleep with the lights on for all future). Can't shake the feeling that SK has written this story before; lost, watched and vulnerable protagonist echoes of Cujo, Misery and Gerald's Game. Common for these three is that they are all scary (and recommended). Without kids on my own I think I can still understand the horror of a 10 year old girl getting lost in a large forest, but the fact is really not enough for a book and King has described hardships and terror very much better and more effective than this. If you are not interested (or even understand) baseball, that is another nail in the coffin. Final one was the ending, which annoyed me mightily. Recommended for completionists only.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    First of all, I need to point out that this book is *nothing* like the standard King lineup. Its a refreshing change of pace for his Constant Reader. Strangely enough, I think Stephen King felt the same way. There's a passion in the lines of this one that almost makes the words glow on the page. If I were to recommend a Stephen King book to a "fraidy cat" this would be the one. Its not scary, not even really creepy, although it does have some fairly tense scenes. You'll love this little girl by t First of all, I need to point out that this book is *nothing* like the standard King lineup. Its a refreshing change of pace for his Constant Reader. Strangely enough, I think Stephen King felt the same way. There's a passion in the lines of this one that almost makes the words glow on the page. If I were to recommend a Stephen King book to a "fraidy cat" this would be the one. Its not scary, not even really creepy, although it does have some fairly tense scenes. You'll love this little girl by the first page, laugh and cry with her through the middle, and cheer when she throws the most important ball of her life. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a page turner, with a main character you'll not soon forget.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rade

    I really tried to like this book, but it just did not work for me. A girl gets lost in a forest thanks to a woman who is a candidate for "The Worst Mother of the Year" award, and tries to keep it cool while coming to realization that she has no idea where she is or which way to go to find help. She is nine but big for her age but giving her situation, I got to say that she keeps it together, despite her situation. She looks for food, rations her water, and even talks to Boston Red Sox relief pit I really tried to like this book, but it just did not work for me. A girl gets lost in a forest thanks to a woman who is a candidate for "The Worst Mother of the Year" award, and tries to keep it cool while coming to realization that she has no idea where she is or which way to go to find help. She is nine but big for her age but giving her situation, I got to say that she keeps it together, despite her situation. She looks for food, rations her water, and even talks to Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, Tom Gordon. He acts as her conversation buddy even though she knows he is not there. Him, as well as her Walkman which she turns on every once in a while to listen to baseball announcer, keeps her from going insane. I just did not like this one. Maybe I did not like baseball, maybe I did not like the lack of exciting things happening, or maybe it was something else. Overall, the girl in the book was brave, quick on her feet, and kept her cool in all of the situations where she was nervous or scared of what is out there, lurking. I think this novel could have been compressed into a short story with a lot of things omitted and few things added in for suspense.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | ab_reads

    A really quick little read about a brave and resilient little girl who gets lost in the woods. I read it in a couple of hours last night and really admired Trisha! In her situation I would have curled into the foetal position and just given up, honestly!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    I enjoyed this book so much more on each re-reading. I feel sometimes the pull of (over) expectation can weaken a book's impact on first read, well it did for me. A nine year old girl gets lost in the New Hampshire woods, this is her simple yet captivating story about whether she can survive, and how her Red Sox hero Tom Gordon can help her! Such a simple idea - child lost in the woods - made into something a lot more by King. 8 out of 12 ...I gave this book 4 out of 12 on my first reading! I enjoyed this book so much more on each re-reading. I feel sometimes the pull of (over) expectation can weaken a book's impact on first read, well it did for me. A nine year old girl gets lost in the New Hampshire woods, this is her simple yet captivating story about whether she can survive, and how her Red Sox hero Tom Gordon can help her! Such a simple idea - child lost in the woods - made into something a lot more by King. 8 out of 12 ...I gave this book 4 out of 12 on my first reading!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Louise A

    I love this book. It's one of my favorites of all time. I love Stephen King to begin with, but I think any one - even people who don't like his style or genre typically - would like this book. It's a great, simple story about the power of the human will to survive and the strength of the human spirit - it's bravery, humor, resilience and ingenuity - in the face of great obstacles. It is really a fantastic book for anyone who has, or is, going through a tough time. The plot is very simple - a you I love this book. It's one of my favorites of all time. I love Stephen King to begin with, but I think any one - even people who don't like his style or genre typically - would like this book. It's a great, simple story about the power of the human will to survive and the strength of the human spirit - it's bravery, humor, resilience and ingenuity - in the face of great obstacles. It is really a fantastic book for anyone who has, or is, going through a tough time. The plot is very simple - a young 11 year old girl gets lost in the woods in Maine. Its about her journey through the woods, the days she spends there, and the things she learns about herself and life. It's a great 'girl power' book without being cheesy. The little girl is very captivating without being 'cute' and I think everyone could see some of themself in her. Very good read - not too long, and uplifting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isabel • The Crime Bookshelf

    3.5 STARS. Another King book down and still many more to go 😝 This book felt SO different from the other King books I’ve read and while this is probably my least favorite so far, it was still very enjoyable 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told from the unique perspective of a 9-year-old girl. I don’t read many books told from a child’s point of view, so I really liked that aspect of this book! I also loved the imagery in this book and it made it all the mor 3.5 STARS. Another King book down and still many more to go 😝 This book felt SO different from the other King books I’ve read and while this is probably my least favorite so far, it was still very enjoyable 🙌🏼⁣ ⁣ One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told from the unique perspective of a 9-year-old girl. I don’t read many books told from a child’s point of view, so I really liked that aspect of this book! I also loved the imagery in this book and it made it all the more spooky. This book is pretty ambiguous to where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not while reading, so the fantastic imagery really added to the creepy vibes 👌🏼 The ending was also very satisfying and it wrapped everything up perfectly, which I loved 🤓⁣ ⁣ One of the main issues I had with this book was that I never fully connected to it. This book has a LOT of baseball references and your girl knows nothing about baseball, so that kept me from really connecting with the story. Another issue I had was that this book was sloooow. I think the pacing would have been a lot better if we would’ve gotten chapters from the parents’ perspective because it would’ve added more to the story. Overall I would still recommend this one because it was such a short and easy read, which doesn’t happen often when it comes to King 😜⁣

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~

    I remember reading a couple of chapters of this when I was really really young, I think my sister must have been reading it. Therefore this has been on my to read list forever and I wasn’t disappointed. My only downside is that if it wasn’t stated she was nine, then I would have believed the character was 13/14 at the least. I didn’t know half the things she knew when I was nine and thought it was a bit unbelievable she was so young. None the less this was a gripping read and I’m going to tick t I remember reading a couple of chapters of this when I was really really young, I think my sister must have been reading it. Therefore this has been on my to read list forever and I wasn’t disappointed. My only downside is that if it wasn’t stated she was nine, then I would have believed the character was 13/14 at the least. I didn’t know half the things she knew when I was nine and thought it was a bit unbelievable she was so young. None the less this was a gripping read and I’m going to tick the rest of Kings classics off this year.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    It has been a long time since a story has had me wanting to flip to the last page to make sure everything turns out all right. I resisted the urge, and for that I am grateful. One of Sai King’s best in my opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Not really a 'scary horror'. It was more about our imagination, fear and the way we deal with the unknown. I guess in some respects that is more scary than anything. We each perceive and deal with the 'thing' in the book slightly differently. Some of us may dismiss it on a scientific basis, others may be terrified, and others may simply be intrigued and curious. It was a suspenseful story for me; scattered here and there with moments that were genuinely creepy and others that were quite entertain Not really a 'scary horror'. It was more about our imagination, fear and the way we deal with the unknown. I guess in some respects that is more scary than anything. We each perceive and deal with the 'thing' in the book slightly differently. Some of us may dismiss it on a scientific basis, others may be terrified, and others may simply be intrigued and curious. It was a suspenseful story for me; scattered here and there with moments that were genuinely creepy and others that were quite entertaining. Being able to vividly see Trisha become weaker, but also grow in strength was great. She may have been lost in the woods, but she didn't lose herself. The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)

    “The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.” This was a little different than the other King books i've read but still quite enjoyable. A 9 year old city girl, fighting for survival after straying off a trail path ,her mother and brother bickering yet again and to distracted to notice her gone. This book focused on fear, imagination, things that go bump in the night with a twist of the supernatural. The visual imagery King uses makes you feel like you you “The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.” This was a little different than the other King books i've read but still quite enjoyable. A 9 year old city girl, fighting for survival after straying off a trail path ,her mother and brother bickering yet again and to distracted to notice her gone. This book focused on fear, imagination, things that go bump in the night with a twist of the supernatural. The visual imagery King uses makes you feel like you yourself are lost in the woods, fighting to survive, feeling like you're being watched from a distance. This book definitely gave off creepy vibes at times but also helped us relate to the little girl Patricia quite easily by the words/slang used or the fear of an imaginative child. Parts where a little slow, as it as just a girl walking lost through the woods but it was done very well and kept the reader interested in what will happen to this young girl and her road in surviving. Patricia (Trisha) Mcfarlane is only 9 years old, but fairly bright for her age when her mother decides to take her and her sulky brother Pete into the woods for a hike. Trying to compensate for her recent divorce, this is a common occurrence on weekends to spend some family time just the three of them, except for weekends they spend with their father. Pete wished he had stayed with his father , 'Dont know why we have to pay for what you guys did wrong' being the last thing Trisha hears before she falls back from the bickering and ends up getting lost in the woods with nothing but the backpack on her back. Trying to find food, trying to keep warm, sickness/injury, bugs, fear; all the things Trisha must face as she embarks on the trip back to civilization. But something out there is watching her, she can feel it and at times she can almost see it. Just out of reach, but not far enough to totally lose scent of her, and she feels like it wants her, and once she is consumed with enough fear, it will. Being a fan on Baseball pitcher Tom Gordon, Trisha often imagines him accompanying her and keeping her safe, talking to him if only not lose all her sanity. “It was like drowning, only from the inside out.” This novel is done over 10 days, 9 days in which Trisha is lost. I quite liked Trisha's character, she is smart for her age, a fighter, had a great imagination and wit. Although the main story is based around her, we get to know her family life through her memories of them and the days before the divorce that divided them. I'm not a baseball fan in anyway, but i liked how Trisha was and the fact she is a bit of a tomboy. Her heartthrob Tom Gordon felt almost essential in her survival and helped push her on. Most kids have an idol or someone they look up to and im glad Trisha had her eyes and heart set on Gordon. Wanting to be like him, with 'ice in his veins' helped her in times where she cried or had had enough of being lost. This is set in 1998, so there are no iphones or high tech stuff we have today which was not only refreshing but kind of nostalgic too. Walkmans! i know i had one, and loved it, took it to school with me everyday listening to whatever music i felt was hip back then. Overall this was an interesting read about survival of a young girl lost in the woods, totally alone and using skills she has picked up from school, her mother, ect, or her own common sense. The supernatural twist was quite interesting too, i kept feeling like ' omg she's gonna die' ' its coming to get her now for sure' while reading this. Being so young, you feel for Trisha, she has a hard journey being lost for 9 days, trying to do what she can to survive. I honestly dont know if i would survive in the woods for 9 days, maybe survival mode would kick in for me too but i doubt it, im not that great at the whole hunter, gather stuff, camping or knowing what to eat and what not too, so i bet i would have died by day 4 probably due to my own stupidity or stravating. Recommended for: Horror/ Contemporary/Thriller

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