The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2008?
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Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland, on a hike in the Maine woods with her brother and recently divorced mother, steps off the trail and suddenly finds herself lost. As Trisha wanders the woods, the listener is given the back story of her family, friends, fears, and triumphs. King vividly depicts Trisha's psychological turmoil, from the first fluttering of nervous disorientation to full-blown hallucinations. And, as Trisha clings to sanity, listeners will certainly root for her rescue.
Publisher: New York : Encore/Simon & Schuster Audio, [2008?]
ISBN: 9780743578189
Branch Call Number: CD KIN
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (approximately 6 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Heche, Anne

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 30, 2021

This novel by Stephen King did an incredible job striking me with fear and anticipation that I was not expecting. Trisha McFarland was lost in the woods; straying from the path set for her through the Appalachian Trail with nothing but herself, her walkman, and her Red Sox cap signed by one Tom Gordon. I was worried for her throughout this book, never knowing (despite all the pages left) whether she would survive. Her only solace was the walkman playing a recording of a baseball game being announced, and I was consistently worried that even if she did survive, she would have lost her mind. Stephen King certainly knows how to manipulate a reader’s fears and worries, especially in his psychological horror novels. I give this novel a 4/5.
@SolaceChaos of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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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.

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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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