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Book Review: "It" by Stephen King.

Tiffany is a lifelong reader. She is a former book blogger who now writes for Hubpages. She studied at Ashford University.

Summary Of The Book

It is a bestselling novel by popular horror author Stephen King. Arguably one of King's best - known works, the novel has even been adapted to film.

The story revolves around the quiet town of Derry, Maine and a group of seven best friends who reside there. Known as the "Loser's Club" the book follows the friendships from childhood, and provides a glimpse into each person's adult life.

Despite the simple, down-to-earth vibe of Derry, the children's lives are far from easy. The group is terrorized by a gang of vicious bullies at regular intervals. Even worse, some type of monster - mysterious, unacknowledged, and haunting - is routinely killing children and threatening the lives of the friends. Unseen by adults, the monster is luring young children, often by appearing as a clown, and has been murdering in Derry for decades.


The monster often appears as a mysterious clown

The monster often appears as a mysterious clown


The children attempt to stop the mysterious beast, but make a promise to each other that if the killing ever starts again, they will return to Derry and make sure the monster is dead.

The book follows the seven friends with long and vivid glimpses into their childhood spent together and snapshots of what happened when they were called back to their hometown.

The book shows how the friend's relationships grow, as well as how the town of Derry has changed over time. The book has a emphasis on the strange and often deadly history of the town. The novel also includes multiple flashbacks of brutal events that have happened there.

In a sense, there are seven main characters of It They are the friends of the "Loser's Club;"

Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon, Stan Uris, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Ritchie Tozier


The friends are compelled to come back to their hometown to defeat the creature

The friends are compelled to come back to their hometown to defeat the creature

Book Review

It is mostly nothing short of a thrilling ride. Vivid and well - written, it's easy to imagine being part of the group of friends the novel is based on.

Although some parts of the book may come off as redundant or not as exciting as others, the sheer mystery and eeriness of the book, coupled with the exquisite attention to detail, often made it difficult to put down. Both the writing and the story are very good.

Even as pre-teen children, the characters are well-developed and unique. For instance, Ben Hanscom is an overweight and likable boy who has a knack for constructing things. Stan Uris is quiet and organized, and enjoys bird watching. Ritchie Tozier is fun - loving and enthusiastic but can come off as a bit annoying with his many voice impersonations. Each character has their own faults, strengths, and personalities, which I felt added depth to the story.

The weakest part of the book for me was toward the ending. It felt almost as if King wanted to go entirely in a different direction in the last two hundred or so pages. The characters started acting less like themselves, the monster changed, and the mysteries that have captivated the town of Derry for decades just didn't seem as mysterious. Several morally questionable things happened among the characters which I felt were unrealistic and added nothing of value to the book. I also felt there were a few characters and situations that were never fully explained and didn't really make sense in the story.

The sheer mystery and eeriness of the book, coupled with the exquisite attention to detail, often made it difficult to put down.

Conclusion

At a whopping 1,153 pages It is a monstrous book. It could potentially take the average reader a month, or even longer, to complete. Overall, I feel it is worthwhile reading for mature audiences that are fans of the horror genre. Readers who aren't fans of horror or mysteries or are sensitive to violent imagery should probably skip this one. Fans of crime fiction might be interested in the book because of the emphasis on the unexplained crimes.

Out of five stars, I would probably give It a four star rating. Although the writing was good, some scenes were unnecessary and too unrealistic. I also found the ending disappointing.


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Comments

Tiffany Bower (author) from Port Huron, MI on August 06, 2019:

Thanks!

Imran khan from Mumbai on August 05, 2019:

You have given me a boost to try and read the novel. Well written review.

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