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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  75,110 ratings  ·  2,123 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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Kat Stark and the headless Ned


Buddyread--even if it was super short--with the still awesome Hersh (Click to read her review)

Unfortunately, this failed for me. Yes, King has wonderful characterization and writing, but that is to be expected...this wasn't the best of the bunch for me mainly because the story was flat out boring as shit.

Characters: Trisha was wonderful. I mean we get to see things through a 9-year-old's perspective and I thought it was very true to her age. She had a passion for baseball and Tom Gordon was obvi...more
Reed
Let me begin by saying I am an ardent Stephen King fan and have been since reading "The Stand" back in 1975. 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...more
Lena Hillbrand
Sep 07, 2011 Lena Hillbrand rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: see review
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...more
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.
Crystal
Feb 14, 2008 Crystal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Non-Stephen King Fans
Recommended to Crystal by: My Grandmother (seriously!)
Shelves: stephen-king
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...more
Louise A
Aug 06, 2007 Louise A rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone - especially girls!
Shelves: greatreads
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...more
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...more
Hershey  (Wants to be Magneto)
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...more
john Adams

I give this book two and half stars. By now my love of Stephen King can by found throughout these reviews. This book satisfies most of those requirements. Well written. Quick fun read. Well drawn characters. Scary interesting plot. So I guess the reason that it gets two and half stars is the fact that it is more of a short story than a full length novel. There is simply not that much to it—which is my complaint of all character driven short stories. Character driven short stories simply lack the...more
Stefan Yates
A pleasant surprise from Stephen King.

For years, I had not worried about this being the only Stephen King book that I hadn't read. Many people said that it really wasn't a great book and several said that they had started it but never finished it.

Frankly, I don't know what the problem was. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is a gripping story about a little girl who is lost in the woods. It narrates the trials and tribulations of her journey and struggle to survive on her own in a seemingly unending...more
David
Who the hell came up with the idea of a pop-up book based on a Stephen King novel? This is, literally, a pop-up book version of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. It's quite clever and nicely done, and since the novel itself, while not a children's book, is less gory than most of King's work, the pop-up book I guess could be a good gift for a kid (though I still wouldn't give it to a younger child).

I still wonder who came up with this idea. I bought it on a whim when I saw it in the bookstore, becau...more
Kathy
Well, I finally read this book. It took me long enough. And all I can say is Uncle Stevie does it again! He takes a simple scenario and makes you wonder what is real and what isn't? Here you have, 9 year old Tricia McFarland, who's hiking w/ her mom and brother, who loses her way in the woods. Thanks to her spunk, courage and imaginary friend (so to speak) baseball player, Tom Gordon she pushes on. Is she alone in the woods? Or is it just the imagination of a little girl? I wasn't able to put th...more
Erin
Recommended by my boyfriend

A suggested alternate title:
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Or:
How Little Girls Go Pee In The Woods

Believable, maybe. Scary, not really. Entertaining, you betcha!
My first fiction Stephen King read. I read On Writing some time ago and it was pleasing to see him break his own rules:

"She intoned".

Nobody's perfect.
Kevin Lucia
Excellent. Perfect for my 10 Honors English class to close out the year, in a few months....
John Wiswell
This is at least my third time reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, but the first in about a decade. I’m staggered by how well it’s held up, and how it holds for the same reason it clicked back then. Patricia MacFarland’s tale of getting lost in the wilderness and seeking survival and civilization isn’t special until you add King’s human element. Trisha is what sells this book, not her plight.

One of King’s greatest strengths is to make things you’ve never experienced feel familiar. Here Trisha...more
Magdalena
I missed the greatness of”The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” the first time I read the book. Luckily for me 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 as with her the moments she listen to the radio, her only joy. She is only nine years...more
Joe
In my ever continuing quest to read all of King's fiction, I found myself face to face with "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon." I had heard only bad things about this book from fellow King aficionados whom I trust so I wasn't really looking forward to it.

The book really read like a spiritual sequel to "Gerald's Game" that he wrote in 1992. In that book, a woman is handcuffed to a bed in a cabin in the woods and is stuck there the entire book. Here, a nine year old girl wanders off in the woods and...more
Trudi
First-line-fever: The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.
Kristal
While on a weekend hiking trip with her family, 9 year-old Trisha takes a quick step off the travel to relieve herself. But as fate would have it, she gets turned around and eventually becomes lost in the woods. Thinking that if she stays walking in the same direction she will eventually find another living person, she instead heads deeper and deeper in the wild lands of New England. And soon, Trisha discovers that she is not alone. Her beloved Red Sox pitcher, Tom Gordon, appears to her and ima...more
Adriane Rodriguez
This is just one of many of Stephen Kings novels. It is the psychological horror story of a young girl named Mona who gets lost in the woods while on a trip with her mom and sister. Her sister and mom do not get along well so the trip was rather miserable because all they did was fight with each other. They fought so much, in fact, that Mona couldn't get a sing word in. When Mona tried to tell them she needed to use the restroom they both ignored her and paid attention only to their fight. Mona...more
Janie Johnson
When I decided to read this book, I was looking for a fast easy read. And this book is definitely that. I don’t think it is one of King’s best, but the book seemed to be quite charming. A story told through the eyes of a 9 year old girl can be nothing but that. There really was no scare to the tale, but a whole lot of adventure.

I even found myself giggling from time to time because of the thought process that had to go along with this book. The frame of mind King was in when he was able to deliv...more
John
I loved this one. Immediately right up at the top of the King canon for me. Maybe not into the #1 spot, but in the top five or so. This is one of those that just seems right, the characters, the way things develop, the denouement...everything. The basic idea is so perfect too: a little girl, lost in the Maine woods, whose only connection to the civilized world is the Red Sox broadcasts on her radio. What a great idea.
My ONLY issue here is unique to the audio book. Anne Heche does the performanc...more
Nare
I have never felt so many emotions by just reading something: fear (mostly), pitty, despare, happiness, anger etc. By the end of the story I thought that I became Tricia with only one difference-her fear slowly faded away and mine...has grown to new heights.
And King is one of those writers that can make you feel tastes of food, hear the voices, feel the pain and etc.
But the most important thing is that this story was actually much more than just a story about a girl who was lost in forests.
Crystal Craig
Wow! A Stephen King book under 300 pages; a very rare thing. This was a well-written story about a nine-year-old girl who gets lost in the woods. The book is not horror, in fact, I didn't find it scary at all. I'd label it thriller/suspense. This book has one of the best opening lines ever:

"The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted."
Naevia
The only Stephen King book I liked. Total perfection, adding to my personal library!
Farrah
i´ve only recently begun exploring Kings body of work again, after finding alot of his storys to have too much religious subtext and or good vs evil elements.

this story caught my eye, simply because its an origional concept.

first off, and perhaps most importantly, this story is HORRIFIC in its brutality and descriptions of the trials and hardships a young (9 yr old) girl goes through when she becomes lost in the forests.it is not for people who take offense or get upset by children facing horror...more
Kylie Depue
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Jane Stewart
Engaging, enjoyable, and intriguing about a girl lost and surviving in the woods. Nature is the enemy.

I was reluctant to read this because I feared it might be similar to The Blair Witch Project - being stalked by a supernatural creature, being afraid, and being a victim for most of the story. I was wrong. It’s not like that at all. I’m so pleased. I enjoyed it. I loved Trisha’s attitude. I was intrigued and charmed. Yes she is alone and lost in the woods. But what is interesting are her thought...more
Eric Tracy
I've read this one three times now. It's not typical Stephen King. Not horror, really. Kind of a mystery/adventure. I really was impressed by his portrayal of a young girl lost in the deep woods of Maine and getting sicker by the hour. I feel like he mis-pegged her age - she acts much older than ten, more like 14-16, but other than that I had no other points over which I had to suspend my disbelief. I just found it fun and fascinating to read.

It goes into great detail over where her experiences...more
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