The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon


My first Stephen King novel and this is not interesting.

Blurb : Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasises that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

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I know King have a huge fan-base and he is a good writer, but I did not like it.
Might be I choose the wrong book to get started. I have Doctor Sleep on my shelf but I did not read it because I do not have The Shining.

I doubted the literature’s ability to make me afraid. I chose the Horror King to prove me wrong. But this book is not what I think. This is a survival story. The protagonist is a little girl. And the world here is an antagonist.

The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.

The main character Trisha is boring.
She wonders in woods and has a strong will power but she never arouses curiosity. She dulls every action happening in the book and yet act like she is cool by giggling.
The first hundred pages are not so engaging. After Trisha’s body weaken physically, it becomes fascinating to read her. At that time, her mentally strength show up and it is compelling to read tired and exhausted girl surviving in woods and trying to find a way. Before that, nine years old was whining. Hunger make her wild.

Mind would come back when mind was needed; imagination could come back when imagination was needed. Right now body was in charge, and body said dinner, it’s dinner, it may be morning but dinner is served and this morning we got fresh fish.

On the other hand, the jungle is evolving her into itself. She is dissolving into it. She is adapting to it and still fighting it.

The writing itself is not that haunting. I mean I read the Mara Dyer Series which was damn nasty and evolve into a psychological story. Tom Gordon starts with a wondering girl, try to put eerie sense by putting gory details of the jungle, and in the end, the safe rests on the mental courage. Not a refreshing writing I see, but I do not read horror much, I do y/a, so I might be wrong.

The world is a worst case scenario and I’m afraid that all you sense is true.

What was that thing following Trisha? End up in nothing scary. Disappointed. Not expecting, that after building up hundred fifty pages of mystery, an animal came out of bushes. I needed a more scary thing.

Read This : Surrender and Midwinterblood

A haunting psychological thrillers.

I know it was all Trisha’s imagination. and her unconscious bravery takes shape of Tom Gordon and imaginations to get her going. The same story I read in my eleventh class English. The Black Aeroplane. Same is with Radio which helps her unconscious that there is still the world to live worth to fight the forest.

The radio was her lifeline, the games her life preserver. Without them to look forward to she thought she would simply give up.

The end was sad satisfying if I overlook the animal thing. I felt bad for Trisha, she will always be in trauma after this, she will need therapies to forget all this, she will never be innocent again and all.

It wasn’t fair that she should die after fighting so hard to stay alive, but the unfairness didn’t make her so angry now. It took energy to be angry. It took vitality. Trisha was nearly shot of both.

I wish she die, so she does not have to survive another forest called life.

I am not leaving Stephen King, I know he is a great writer, but next time I will do some homework before going to read his book.

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2 thoughts on “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  1. Trust me you should have started with Carrie or The Shining they are more welcoming and define him as a horror writer don’t give up on him his work is truly amazing… I did a blog post on where to start with King 😌 but lovely post


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