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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
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Apr 28, 08

really liked it

When nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the a branch of the Appalachian trail, tired of the bickering between her mom and brother, she gets lost in the forest and struggles to survive. As days and hours pass, she runs out of food and starts to hallucinate creatures following her so she looks to her Walkman for comfort. She wanders father and farther astray, determined that the river will lead to civilization while she passes beyond her search party and imagines Tom Gordon, the relief Red Socks pitcher and her heartthrob, helping her. She shows greater courage than most as she loses her reception and her grip on sanity, fighting the external wilderness and internally fighting her hallucinations, hunger and sickness.

This is one of my favorite books of all time because I really like the adventure and suspense, although some parts were unnecessarily weird. She relates extremely well to Brian in Hatchet, except he knows how to survive and hunt while she has to scavenge for food. The main characters in this book are Trisha, Tom Gordon (hallucination), and the wilderness. The Walkman is a symbol of her grip on civilization, her only comfort and connection with the rest of the world while she is disconnected and lost, going crazy in her own little section of the world.
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