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5. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

I like saying that I'm a Stephen King fan, but actually, I've only read this book and watched the film adaptations of most of his other books. Anyway, I quite liked this book, so I thought I'd write a review on it. Again, there is some strong language and a few...moderate sexual references in the book itself, but I won't be quoting them in the review so you can read this without being scarred :) Just a warning before you go read the book.

It's a bit scary at points too, but it's by Stephen King so I'm sure you guessed that if you know who the guy is.

We'll start, as always, with The Plot. It's relatively simple: a nine-year-old girl, called Trisha McFarlane, is out on a walk through the woods one day with her recently divorced mum and older brother, Pete. Tired of her mother and brother arguing (Pete didn't take kindly to the divorce, much less to the consequent move), she strolls off the path for a moment and finds herself getting more and more and more lost in the woods. And the woods are enormous.

Now for The Characters. I think the character were fairly well-developed, but Trisha was, obviously, showcased the most, so we'll start with her. Trisha is a very believeably written character (imo). A lot of the time, when writing relatively young children, writers make the mistake of either writing them as being too mature, or not mature enough. However, when reading the book, I thought back at various intervals: 'was I like that when I was nine?'

A lot of the time, I thought, 'yes, yes I was.' The balance between both childish and mature traits was very good.

Trisha has 'a crush' on Tom Gordon, the baseball player (as SK says in the author's note, 'there is a real Tom Gordon, but the Tom Gordon in this story is fictional', in case any of you were wondering) and, when the woods becomes too much for her, she imagines that she is with him, talking to him. These figments of the imagination become very real, almost like hallucinations...and there are other hallucinations, too (at least, I think they were meant to be hallucinations? I don't know. If they weren't, there was some crazy crap in those woods). The hallucinations are probably the scariest bits of the book.

It's also quite interesting (and, dare I say it, amusing) to see how Trisha's personality changes slightly as she grows more fed up and her condition, initially healthy, begins to deteriorate. For example, she becomes more flippant with swearwords: she goes from saying 'crap' or 'puppysh*t' to saying what her friend Pepsi likes to call 'the terrible effword' for the first time.

A quick note on the other characters (who are portrayed mostly through Trisha's memories and thoughts as she is in the woods) now. Pete is her older brother, who is five years her senior and a geek. He hasn't transferred schools well at all: whilst in his old school he had friends (I quote: 'nerds, yeah, but they went round in a group and the bad kids didn't pick on them) he is now picked on and outcast. Her father is a baseball fan, often childish and a fan of drink, but still very close to Trisha. Her mother has grimly resolved, now post-divorce and focused soley on her kids, to bring Trish and Pete on outings every weekend (the walk in the woods is one of these). Pepsi (short for Penelope Robichaud) is Trisha's best friend, described by Trisha's mother as 'vulgar' and, it seems, abused by her own mother at times.

Finally, The Writing Style. The writing style was good (as I've said with more than one review, bestselling authors are generally never bad at writing). All of the descriptions were detailed enough to be involving, but not so detailed that I just wanted him to get the heck on with it. It was at what you might call a 'happy medium' on the detail front.

Having said that (and maybe I should have mentioned this under 'plot'), I was fairly disappointed by the ending. I won't say why because of spoilers, but I felt like it was a big build up to something...okayish. Not great, but by all means not an awful ending either.

So, to sum it up: very good book, worth the read despite a vaguely lacking ending.

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