Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The

Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The

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What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic. The brochure promised a "moderate-to-difficult" six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls. Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number 36, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her -- her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake. A classic story that engages our emotions at the most primal level, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon explores our deep dread of the unknown and the extent to which faith can conquer it. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Simon & Schuster, 1999
ISBN: 9780743595803
Characteristics: 1online resource (1 sound file (06hr., 20min., 22sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Heche, Anne
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therhiannamater
Nov 30, 2016

Disclaimer: I listened to this as an audiobook, mostly while driving home from work in pitch black in a largely wooded area. Ambiance.

Man, this was a ride. I go back and forth with my opinion on King's writing style. For the most part, I prefer his short stories. This is the first novel of his I really fell in love with. The characterization of a nine year old girl was fantastic and I loved the idea that her "imaginary friend" was in the form of her puppy crush, which was absolutely adorable. That said, the hopelessness of being a little girl (albeit "tall for her age") lost in the woods, left to her own devices, to be so deeply terrifying and had a well-paced intensity.

On the ending (SPOILER FREE) I wanted more of an epilogue with the story, but I'm content with how everything played out. I think this is a good "starter" King book for those not looking for hair-raising horror tales, but don't expect his others to have a relatively positive ending.

mayfairlady Mar 14, 2011

a bit of a stretch... the voice of the 9 year old is not quite believable in this situation

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