Book Review: It

Book Review: ItIt
by Stephen King
on September 15th 1986
Pages: 1142
Published by Viking Penguin
Genres: Fiction, Suspense/Thriller

Derry: a small city in Maine, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own home town. Only in Derry the haunting is real...

It began for the Losers on a day in June of 1958, the day school let out for the summer. That was the day Henry Bowers carved the first letter of his name on Ben Hanscom's belly and chased him into the Barrens, the day Henry and his Neanderthal friends beat up on Stuttering Bill Denbrough and Eddie Kaspbrak, the day Stuttering Bill had to save Eddie from his worst asthma attack ever by riding his bike to beat the devil. It ended in August, with seven desperate children in search of a creature of unspeakable evil in the drains beneath Derry. In search of It. And somehow it ended.

Or so they thought. Then.

On a spring night in 1985 Mike Hanlon, once one of those children, makes six calls. Stan Uris, accountant. Richie "Records" Tozier, L.A. disc jockey. Ben Hanscom, renowned architect. Beverly Rogan, dress designer. Eddie Kaspbrak, owner of a successful New York limousine company. And Bill Denbrough, bestselling writer of horror novels, Bill Denbrough who now only stutters in his dreams.

These six men and one woman have forgotten their childhoods, have forgotten the time when they were Losers...but an unremembered promise draws them back, the present begins to rhyme dreadfully with the past, and when the Losers reunite, the wheels of fate lock together and roll them towards the ultimate terror.

“We all float down here!”
Stephen King, It

Hot diggity dog! It was gripping, ingenious, and yes, scary. No doubt, King is a brilliant master storyteller and worthy of the numerous accolades he constantly receives. Reading the book is a HUGE task at over 1100 pages – yikes!! It took me 3 weeks to finish and I have no regrets. I gobbled up each chapter and was hooked from the start. I have read several of King’s books, but I feel It is one of his absolute finest books (how does this man come up with such out there stories?). I fell in love with the seven members of the “losers” club and if you have read the book, you understand why and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? All the characters (the good and bad) are unforgettable and as a reader, I appreciated knowing everyone’s unique personality and quirks.

The memorable characters, the horror, and the remarkable town of Derry all came to life for me. It is honestly the scariest book I have ever read. Yes, the book terrified me, but it also made me laugh and left me speechless at times. With It, King gives you a complete and masterful horror story you will never forget. It’s a classic for a reason, people! The phrase, “we all float down here” will stay with me for the rest of my life. I encourage you to read it (but not at night). This weekend I went to see the movie and thought it was phenomenal.

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