The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
As nig ...more
Much fun with just one character
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Nine year old Trisha has only veered a little way off the trail but in her panic to get back to the path and her mother and brother, she ends up going deeper and deeper into the terrifying woods. At first it's just the bugs, midges and mosquitoes. Then comes the hunger. For comfort she tunes her Walkman into broadcasts of a ...more
- Stephen King, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
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 Mom daily with his contentious attitude. Trisha tries to remain upbeat, but the constant fighting between Mom and Pete is treading on her last nerve.
On the day they head out for a hiking e ...more
But in between these gargantuan tomes, Steve produces small novellas rather like master chefs produce snacks once in ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Trisha McFarland is 9, almo ...more
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 ...more
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!...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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