Review: It

Book Title: It
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1986
Page Count: 1,473
Rating: 4/5

“They float…and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float, too.”

Can an entire city be haunted? The Losers’ Club of 1958 seems to think so. After all, when they were teenagers back then, these seven friends who called the small New England metropolis of Derry their home had first-hand experience with what made this place so horribly different. Every twenty-seven years, something that has existed here for a very long time comes back to terrorize Derry, lurking in the city storm drains and sewers, taking the shape of every nightmare and deepest dread. And yet, time passed and the children grew up, moved away… the horror of what they all experienced buried deep, wrapped in forgetfulness. Now nearly thirty years later, they’re all being called back to Derry for a final life-or-death confrontation with a primordial evil that stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories. For the Losers’ Club and the thing known only as “It” have some unfinished business with each other….

YES! I finally finished IT. I bought this book back in May and I’ve had it on my TBR since then. Well, I finally read it and it only took me 3 weeks. It was 1,473 pages long and it was pretty great. This book definitely scared me. After the first couple of days of reading, I had a hard time going to sleep. But it was more gross than scary. I read gross part after gross part and when you think it can’t get any worse, it keeps getting more gross. I have never in my life ever gagged while reading a book, until this one. So beware, if you’re interested in reading this, there are some pretty graphic images that Stephen King will implant into your mind.

If you don’t know by now, IT is a story about The Losers’ Club which consists of seven friends who all see some kind of “monster” in the city of Derry. They each see different versions of IT, depending on what their fear is. (example: werewolf, mummy, leper, etc.), But all of them have seen the clown (Pennywise), and honestly he’s the scariest monster of them all. The seven friends include, Bill, Eddie, Richie, Beverly, Stan, Mike, and Ben and they are all picked on by the bully Henry Bowers and a couple of his friends.

All of the characters were pretty lovable at some point in the book (except for Henry) but Richie, I think was my favorite. When he first appeared in the book, I told myself “This guy is annoying and I’m going to hate reading his parts”. Well that changed very quickly. Richie is hilarious and a really great friend and so very lovable. Ben is also one of my favorites, he is super lovable and I feel so bad for him because Henry seems to have it out for him more than the others. I loved his character!

There is so much to say about this book and I don’t even know where to start. I should have kept tabs while reading, but I honestly was just trying to read it for enjoyment. I will say that I would not let my child read this until they were eighteen. No way! This book has a lot of profanity and imagery that I wouldn’t want instilled into my child’s mind. So take caution (if you haven’t read it) if you’re child asks to read it.

The reason for my 4 rating is because the writing is amazing and the world that Stephen King created with this story is incredible. He has quite the imagination. But I didn’t rate it a 5 because of the profanity. I honestly, don’t like profanity when I read and all of the gross parts in the book really put me off and made me feel super uncomfortable.

So I hope this review has helped you in any way. I know that it is not much. But I really was just reading this one for enjoyment. I did watch the original TV movie last night and thought it was okay. They changed quite a bit from the book (which was expected). It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I’m REALLY looking forward to the new movie that releases next week though on September 8th. I can’t wait!!

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