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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,160 ratings  ·  707 reviews
Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, w
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Caitlin The book has quite a bit of gore so it depends how comfortable you are with your child reading that. It's a slasher horror book

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Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Maybrook moves to Kettle Springs, Missouri, after her father accepts a position as the town's new General Practitioner.

While he didn't ask for Quinn's opinion on the matter, she is willing to let it slide. After everything they have been through, she just wants to see her Dad happy again.

To be honest, Quinn was ready to leave Philadelphia anyway. Since her Mom's tragic, and very public death, it was tough to be there; to deal with everyone's pitying looks.

When they arrive at their new home
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
What in the hell ass crazy clown did I just read!! 🤨🤡

This WAS NOT what I was expecting, not by a damn long shot! This book came out of left field. The left corn field! <- that was so corny <- omg! Corny! I can’t win on this one 🙄🤣😂

I’m seriously at a loss for words 🤔. If I open my big ass mouth, I’ll give something away! Just know this book will not be what you’re thinking it’s going to be! Take that and run with it. No seriously... RUN!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Read with some awesome peeps at the group: Horror A
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

SMALL TOWN + SERIAL KILLER CLOWN + TEENAGE PARTIES??? (what could go wrong?) = EVERYTHING . But in the best way possible.

This book had the highest body count I've ever read in a slasher novel. Bodies dropping left and right— slash, stick, stabby stabby, shot, burned, sliced, and diced . SCREAM could never! Entertainment value??? 10000000000000% BISH!!!!

This book was like a fun romp through a halloween horror night at the amusement park w
3.5 stars
This was one of my most anticipated horror books of the year so I was so incredibly stoked when Adam sent me a review copy! This book follows this girl named Quinn who is moving to a small town called Kettle Springs. Her and her Dad are looking for a fresh start and this is where they decide to live, but the town is strange. She becomes friends with this group of teens who stream their pranks online and it drives the older crowd in the town insane.

This book was a fun slasher horror, it
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
this was such a great slasher book! totally reminded me of friday the 13th or halloween, and the horror elements really went there. it was super gory
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Review originally published at Cemetery Dance:
The setting for Clown in a Cornfield is the fictional town of Kettle Springs, a rural town that sounds like good ol’ Nowheresville, USA. The townspeople seem caught in a time-warp where young people are to be seen and not heard, especially while the grown-ups are trying hard to “Make Kettle Springs Great Again.” Unfortunately for our protagonist, Quinn Maybrook, her father took a job in Kettle Springs and Quinn
♡ oscar ♡
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
"Quinn had never been scared of the dark. And before tonight, she'd never even thought to be afraid of clowns."

To give you guys some non-spoilery blurb on what this all about:

After a recent tragedy, Glenn Maybrook and her daughter, Quinn, moved from Philadelphia to Kettle Springs, a small town surrounded by this vast of cornfield. Glenn is the new doctor in town while of course, Quinn is the 'new girl'. New girl goes to her new school, Kettle Springs High. New girl meets her new set of frien
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
Video Review:
Murderous Clowns & Snarky Teenagers… all the elements you need for an awesome slasher horror movie. This book pretty much demands to be adapted.

I have previously read several of Adam Cesare’s other books and I am always impressed by his range as an author. No two of his books are quite the same and this newest one, once again, feels different feels different from the rest. I have really enjoyed his previous work, but I think this one might be hi
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD starts as a fun and scary retro-slasher but then cleverly twists and bloodies its way into being a very now kind of beast.
In the town of Kettle Springs Missouri, there's an abandoned factory with a big clown painted on the side. This lovely sight greets Quinn, as she looks out her bedroom window in their new home. Having lost her mother only a short time ago, Quinn promises her father she'll do her best to make a go of it in this new town, for his sake as well as her own. But something is wrong is this quiet town and it has to do with Frendo the clown. And cornfields. And twisted minds. If all this sounds good to y ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that when I heard Cesare had written a horror novel in the YA genre I was both hesitant and intrigued. I don't really read very much YA at all, but I love Cesare's work, so I was super excited to pick this one up when it was released. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when Cesare reached out to me and asked if I would like to read a review copy. I answered immediately.

Quinn Maybrook is the new kid in town. Having grown up in Philadelphia, Kettle Springs is way too country for her
Edward Lorn
Friendly reminder, three stars on this site means I liked it. And I did. I liked it.

The first thing I'd like to mention is, I'm fully aware this book isn't for me, and you should take that into consideration while reading this review. I've seen all this before. Where this book will shine is how it will (hopefully) get more kids into reading horror, and it might, as long as they haven't seen more than two or three slasher films. But an old dog like me saw much of this book coming, and what littl
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it


oh, man, this book. i thought i knew what i was getting into and i was so wrong.

it’s YA with balls and a vintage horror cover i wanna marry, about a girl named quinn who moves from big city philly to ketttle springs, missouri—a small town saturated with its own secrets and tragedies; a town struggling to get by; a town trying to make itself great again; a town whose corn syrup mascot, frendo the not-at-all-creepy clown is part and parcel of their heartland identity of
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Oct 24, 2020 is currently reading it
Status: Currently Reading
Progress: 75% done

at this point, i still don't care about any of the characters and i couldn't care less if they're all gonna end up dead lol.

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"And, yeah, he’s pretty cute . . . for an arsonist."

dude this shit is spicy af lol

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is this YA? is this horror? mystery/thriller? i don't even know. but y'all are reading it so let's check it out!

(pls let this be a good one!!!)

Status Updates:
START | how big can that neck be zaddy | idc if they all end up dead | i fucking ha
Brian Keene
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
With an already impressive body of work to date, this is absolutely Adam Cesare's best, elevating and showcasing not just his own considerable talents, but elevating and showcasing the best of the modern horror resurgence. A loving homage to what has come before but absolutely cutting edge and shredding the old tropes. Plus, there's a vein of dark humor that runs throughout, and that just makes the terror all the more real. Highly, highly recommended.
Cassie Lola (holo.reader)
Can I first just say how badly I want gory horror to be a standard in YA book releases? I know, I know – a few naysayers think they’re above books marketed at “young adult” audiences, and sometimes even the gory ones can be filled with an overuse of unnecessary romance (there’s a pink neon cover that springs to mind in this vein), but I’m here to tell you that those people are wrong. Sure, YA may not be for them particularly – not everything is for everyone, and that’s okay! – but please don’t l ...more
Cameron Chaney
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya, horror
I was sent an ARC of Clown in a Cornfield in exchange for an honest review. See my video review HERE.

As corny as it sounds, being an Ohioan means I know a lot about cornfields. Okay, maybe I don't know a lot about cornfields, I just know what it feels like to be surrounded by cornfields at all times. The majority of the houses I've lived in have been across the street from cornfields. And the scenery on the drive to town was a lot of cornfields as well. Just corn for freaking miles, and then mor
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
BRILLIANT! A young adult horror novel that is not afraid of the bloodshed.

Quinn moves with her father to Kettle Springs, a small town that is divided between old and new, and the appearance of a clown in a pork pie hat will change the lives of the teens of the town forever.

So much happens in this book that I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'm trying to be as vague as possible, but once certain events happen, things move at a break-neck speed and doesn't stop til the very end. Carnage.
Michael Hicks
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, edelweiss
My review of CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD can be found at High Fever Books.

Perhaps I should admit right at the outset that, largely due to my own ignorance, I have not necessarily a bias against young adult fiction, but perhaps a presumption of what YA lit is. When it was announced that Adam Cesare was making his YA debut this summer with Clown in a Cornfield, I was both very excited for him, having read and enjoyed the hell out of several of his indie/small press titles, but also a bit skeptical. Yeah,
Dannii Elle
Multiple murders but make it fun.

This combined all the best aspects of a teen slasher film into a literary format and whilst it didn't ever become chill-inducing for me, it remained a highly entertaining, action-focused, and binge-worthy read, throughout. I loved the small town setting, the endless murderous and blood-soaked scenes, and the concluding political focus that lent the narrative some depth. I doubt this will become my usual go-to genre, but it provided a nice change of pace from the
Tracy Robinson
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh! Haven’t read a Cesare book yet that I didn’t enjoy. This one is no exception. 🤡🔪🌽

Here is my review from Sci Fi and Scary:

Clowns. Cornfields. Adam Cesare. This book hit my “must read immediately” trifecta the moment I learned of it. I previously read three other books by this author, all of them within the 4-5 star range. You can check out my review of Exponential, The Summer Job, and the first one I read, Video Night.

I admit to being a bit apprehensive, sometimes books just don’t work for
alana ♡
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, horror, mystery
"The corn itself could have been waving hello, or it could have been breathing.”

There’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a good ol’ slasher book for the month of October and this book absolutely delivered on that. The best part about Clown in a Cornfield is that it’s a relatively quick read coming in at just over 300 pages but it’s extremely fast paced – I seriously could not put this down. And now I find myself on the hunt for all the gory, murder-filled YA books that I can squeeze in for
This was ok. The teens were awful but didn't deserve to die! i felt it took too long to get to the slasher bits. Once it got there, it was good ol slasher fun.
Glenn Rolfe
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Share the Horror Review) CLOWN IN A CORNFIELD by Adam Cesare (Harper Teen, 2020)

I am definitely new to the world of Young Adult novels. In my mind, I thought that meant “Goosebumps” type books. After reading the latest novel from horror author, Adam Cesare (The Summer Job, Video Night), consider me enlightened.

Let’s face it, teenagers swear, see (or perpetrate) violence, and do plenty of adult things, so of course they should be properly represented in the books targeted at them. And Cesare doe
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clown in a Cornfield is a really fun slasher, and it was different than what I was expecting. This is my second Adam Cesare book, and both stories have been really entertaining. If you need a gory and creative slasher, I highly recommend picking up Clown in a Cornfield!
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Corn is absolutely terrifying, but add murderous clowns and there was no way I was skipping this one.

I really liked Quinn. She’s trying to make the best of a bad situation and dealing with grief the only way she knows how. There were several other characters in this story, but I’m not going to say anything about them.

Plot wise, it did take a bit to get started, but once it did...damn. I loved the straight up horror movie aspect of it all, especially the not getting a real explanation until the
Maximilian Birner
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Clown In A Cornfield delivered EVERYTHING I wanted from this YA slasher. And can I just say right here, Adam Cesare doesn't hold back on the gore or the action. When the sun sets... you must prepare yourself for a wild ride!

Clown In A Cornfield is very action-packed, and gives every reader what they want! There's a midway twist that might have/not have been inspired by a few trending topics in late 2019... but I won't give away too much. All I'll say is you're definitely getting what you paid fo
3.5 stars.

I have this thing about clowns. Essentially, I hate them. The giggly laugh, the painted face, the giant knife to stab you with... I'm not a fan. So I knew that this would be a horror that I would love and hate in equal measures - making it the ideal Halloween read. Quinn and her doctor gather have moved to the small town of Kettle Springs as a fresh start following the death of Quinn's mother. However, the town seems to have an odd fascination with Frendo, the local mascot. Add in the
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this crazy clown book! Would have read it in a sitting if I didn’t have to work for a living 🤪. I know some have been turned off thinking this was a YA book, but it didn’t seem that way to me, so give it a shot! Plenty of scares and gore and even well formed characters I really liked (or didn’t). I think the theme is also creepy to me, which added to the scares. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.
Maxwell Ochman
Aug 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. His books include Clown in a Cornfield, Video Night, The Summer Job, and Zero Lives Remaining. He’s an avid fan of horror cinema and runs Project: Black T-Shirt, a YouTube review show where he takes horror films and pairs them with reading suggestions.

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