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A fabulous book for all ages

  • Jun 18, 2010
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 When I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon I got the feeling of helplessness, you know like the feeling you get when you see some one in trouble, and you can't do anything at all to help them. That's the kind of feeling you get in movies, or in this case books, where you wish you could just reach into the screen or page and lend a helping hand. But this is a good kind of helplessness, because it's a fantasy that is suppose to create these emotions in you.
 The story is about a girl named Trisha, whose family takes a day trip to a national park. Trisha's mother and father had just gotten a divorce and Trisha's brother and mother were upset and arguing about this fact. Trisha had to go to the bathroom, and decided to hide behind some trees and go. When she realized that her mother and brother were no where in sight, she thought she would take a shortcut and catch up to them quicker, but instead fell down a huge embankment, and become terribly lost. Now Trisha, is only 9 and must find her way back to her family. Adding to her dilemma is the fact that she only has two Twinkies, a boiled egg, a sandwich, a bottle of water, a large bottle of surge, a rain poncho, a little am/fm radio with headphones, and a gameboy. 
  One of the really great things about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is that people of all ages can read this book. As a parent, I often worry about what my children are reading, and if it's the kind of book that is going to be good for them to read or not. This book is a great book for children and teens to read. And as an adult you will also love this book. I would even recommend this book for children to read, it might teach them skills to know what to do if they ever get lost.
  As the readers get to know Trisha they find out how strong she is and how much she never gives up hope of finding her way back home. Trisha's idol, a baseball player, Tom Gordon, helps her to keep that  hope alive. Although she has so many struggles and trials to get home, Tom Gordon helps her to cope. Once when she is so desperately hungry she eats too much of a plant that makes her hallucinate, she hallucinates about Tom Gordon leading her along her way.
  Overcoming one's trials no matter what the obstacles are, is what I believe The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is all about. After Trisha eats the hallucinatory plant she also starts to hallucinate about a monster that is following her through the woods, which is actually a swarm of wasps. Trish calls the monster " The God of the Lost" which she has read about. The monster chases and eats people lost in the woods, if they can't outrun him.
  To compare what has happened to Trisha-- to real life, you could say that we are all lost wandering around in this big forest of life, trying to hold on to hope that we will survive no matter what life throws our way. Some of us have a person, or a being, God, that we look up to, to help us make it through, that like Tom Gordon, help guide the way.
  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is much different than the rest of the Stephen King books that I have read,  in that it was designed for all ages, and is a very uplifting story. Stephen King made this book a book of hope and courage.
  I'm not sure if this book was made for television or movies yet, I read somewhere that George Romero was going to make it into a movie. I do however think it would make a fabulous movie, also for all ages of people.
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June 18, 2010
Sounds like a nightmare! Great review of this book. I haven't read much Stephen King, but this sounds like it would be interesting. Thanks for sharing!
June 19, 2010
Yes it is a great book, thanks, your very welcome! :)
 
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review by . January 14, 2006
This is only the second book I've read by Stephen King. The only other book that I've read is "Carrie," and I have to admit that it nor this particular novel was very scary to me. However, King tells a great tale with his writing style. His is a very addictive style that gives you just enough (but seemingly never enough until the end) information that keeps you plugging along trying to figure out what is going on each tale.    In "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," King's central …
review by . August 10, 2005
Pros: Plays on a very real idea and fear     Cons: So real that many wouldn't be afraid of it. Why a Red Sox player?     The Bottom Line: Now being lost in New York City - THAT would be scary!     It doesn’t take a whole lot to see where Stephen King’s sports loyalties lie while reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, does it? You know, Tom Gordon the Red Sox closing pitcher? And of course, there’s an unwritten law in Red Sox …
review by . November 25, 2003
King wrote an earlier book about a woman that was accidently chained to a bed in a log cabin (he's written so many that I forgot the name). In it the woman struggles to survive and escape from her bonds. While doing this she has time to examine her own life and realize a great deal about herself. Well in this book, instead of a woman we have a girl (Trisha) and instead of being chained to a bed, she is lost in the woods. While trying to survive and reach civilization, Trisha also examines her life …
review by . April 09, 2003
The young heroine of this story, a young girl lost in a very dank woods, is certainly admirable and strong and courageous, and we root for her.But the obstacles thrown in her path, while certainly dangerous, feel far too mundane to really get our blood racing. And King's fawning use of the Red Sox as a form of salvation and connection for the girl really doesn't work. Maybe if you're a fanatical Sox fan, but even then, I think the device is thin, at best.Once again, as King does from time to time, …
review by . May 12, 2000
Pros: Detailed, not scary, good character study     Cons: shorter book by King     I found this at the airport bookstore when I was traveling to Europe. I love Stephen King but didn't want anything too scary to read while on a plane. This was the perfect choice.      Not a typical King novel as it wasn't really scary or didn't deal with supernatural or creepy things. It's basically a story of a little girl who gets lost in the words and …
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With a convincing mix of youthful optimism and world-weary resignation, reader Anne Heche adds resonance to this unabridged recording. Heche is especially effective as the 9-year-old heroine, Trisha McFarland, who makes a fateful decision during an afternoon hike with her dysfunctional family. "The paths had forked in a 'Y.' She would simply walk across the gap and rejoin the main trail. Piece of cake. There was no chance of getting lost." As one might suspect, there is every chance she'll get lost--or worse--and taking the shortcut turns out to be a very bad choice indeed. At times Heche's reading may be too measured, but her narration is generally quite good and her steady portrayal of a young girl lost renders this tale all the more frightening. (Running time: 6.5 hours, 6 cassettes)--George Laney--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10: 0671042858
ISBN-13: 978-0671042851
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Pocket
Date Published: April 01, 1999
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