The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
Published: November 1, 2005
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
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 fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.
I won this book in an Instagram giveaway and I’ve been trying to read more Stephen King so it all worked out perfectly! I was a little worried about the fact that the entire book was a little girl walking through the woods; I don’t do well with monotony. But I was pleasantly surprised! I read the entire book in one day and really enjoyed it!
I liked Trisha’s perspective on her parents’ divorce and her brother’s response to it. Then when she got lost, seeing her reasoning and thinking through each problem that comes up was really interesting! All the advice that my mom always gave me about being lost in the woods came rushing back: hug a tree so it’ll be easier to find you. I loved the movie Far from Home: Adventures of Yellow Dog and while that kid had been trained by his dad in the practice of survival, it always annoyed me that he didn’t hug a tree! Trisha didn’t either and King made sure to show the possible consequences of any other choice she didn’t make! Not gonna lie, I’m sure there was some kind of metaphor with the monster in the woods … but y’all know I’m not deep enough for that. But the monster was creepy and added a scary edge to the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to just about everyone.