Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The
  Fan submitted reviews of Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The (Novel):
Posted By: Dani - November 20th, 2012 7:39:45 am EST

This is my second favorite Stephen King book. It depicts a very real terror, and I won't be wandering off into the unknown wilds anytime soon.

Posted By: Topher - November 6th, 2012 9:21:42 pm EST

I thought that this story was good, but I felt it was a little weak. I didn't think it was SK best stories, idea was great ending wasn't that captivating.

Posted By: Kim - October 27th, 2012 1:24:12 am EDT

I don't think I've ever read a book and fallen so much in love as I have with this one. My favorite scene is at the swamp...amazing what desperation can compel us to do! This book is just purely amazing.

Posted By: Jene - October 22nd, 2012 8:03:36 pm EDT

i am a big fan. I have all your books.

Posted By: Shantel Nelson - September 16th, 2012 9:25:18 pm EDT

Oh my god. This is the only book I have read so far, but I loved it. The way you grasped Trisha's fears of being alone was amazing. The next I am going to read of yours is Misery. It sounds AmaZinG!!

Posted By: Fifedogg - June 11th, 2012 1:53:04 pm EDT

 A book this awesome has to be took a vision of movies....

Posted By: LostInTheWoods - May 7th, 2012 5:36:17 pm EDT

I adored this book. I loved the way Stephen King wrote about Trisha's fear of being lost in such a vast and terrifying place. As I've only just recently started reading Mr. King's books, I immensly enjoyed reading about Trisha's thoughts while trapped in the woods. Definitly one of my favourites out of the books I've read so far.

Posted By: Ubermama - April 29th, 2012 11:12:50 pm EDT

As many terrifying books as SK has written this one really shook me up. The way he was able to capture the despair of being a young child lost and alone. Also, the fact that on several occassions if Trisha would've went another direction, help was so close, but she chose the wrong way. Analogy for life, so many times if we made a different choice, how much less complicated the circumstances could've been. I still don't know how to interpret the ending. I appreciate it being left uncertain. Just adds to the tone of the story. No one can tell a story like Stephen King.

Posted By: J.T. Or Houdini The Band On Youtube - April 28th, 2012 2:14:35 am EDT

I loved this book with a lost passion. Stephen king has been influence in my work I perform rock music, and have written 32 composition books of poetry and lyrics not to mention the 30 Ive lost over the years, as well as short stories. and script ideas have been comming lately. I'm rambling. I love my kids and my youngest daughter has taste similiar to my mind as a child.

Posted By: Ajay - March 28th, 2012 2:25:30 pm EDT

hey!!!!!! i love all ur books STEPHEN KING!!!!! :D my favorite book was IT

Posted By: Fan - February 23rd, 2012 1:50:17 pm EST

That was an awesome book

Posted By: ML - February 15th, 2012 2:06:04 am EST

Admirable,how this Author was able to create a terriffic read around one (1)singular character -a young girl at that.I totally disagree regarding the profanity (unnecessary).Once a I had "crawled back from my perceived scary ledge"/the edge of my was time to read to Our (3) children ages 10-14.Time to let them feel that creepy feeling when you just haven,t run up the stairs EVER THAT FAST IN your life.and contemplate fight or flight! Thank you, Steven King.Now time to bond with my 11yr. Old!

Posted By: Anonymous - February 10th, 2012 9:11:54 pm EST

omg i read this book and it was soo good. maybe a little more beast, and or violance so ya!

Posted By: Nuunuu - February 8th, 2012 11:40:25 pm EST

My birth name given to me on 1/16/1974 is trisha mcfarland.i couldnt believe my eyes when i saw my name in this heart beats rapidly as i type this.i truly feel that is some sort of sign.

Posted By: Kinglover96 - February 3rd, 2012 7:45:15 am EST

I did not enjoy this book as much as your other classic horror stories I still loved the book, but I think you should have made a map and added something a little creepy in the woods to give the readers the scare and worry that you have been looking for in every other book you have made... still the greatest author that ever lived.

Posted By: Anonymous - January 29th, 2012 7:42:28 pm EST

definitely comparable to "The Shining".

Posted By: Steve - January 4th, 2012 1:56:33 am EST

I was positive she would perish in the woods leaving her body to rot and her bones to bleach in the sun. Trish was not only tall for her age, she also possessed a maturity that was far beyond her years. Some parts were slow and painful as I wanted her Misery and suffering to end. I thought you were cruel at times Mr. King to keep her alive for so long. I really loved the closing chapters of the story. This is a must read and could easily become a movie. I also recon you should have included a map, leaving readers wondering where Trish was exactly. Thank-you & yours Truly, Constant Reader.

Posted By: Anonymous - November 13th, 2011 12:08:53 am EST

this was the best book i have got my hands on yet!!!!

Posted By: Readngal - October 23rd, 2011 12:48:26 am EDT

I read this story a few years ago, and liked several aspects of it, the first being it was short on profanity (HINT, HINT). Secondly, it was creepy, but not skin-crawlingly creepy. Thirdly, it was just long enough so as not to distract from the main idea. I do wonder if it is available now in mass-market paperback?

Posted By: Breah - October 18th, 2011 7:20:05 pm EDT

This was the first Stephen King book I read and it was a good choice indeed.

Posted By: Sara - July 8th, 2011 2:13:00 pm EDT

Listening to the audio CD version of this in my car every spare moment. Makes it somehow more real and a much needed escape from pretty much everything. I love the message in this story - I don't know if it's the one the author intended or not, but I don't care. I will have my son (a baseball maniac) listen to this so he can know what it is really like to come through in the clutch. Beautiful story.

Posted By: Victor - July 2nd, 2011 1:26:33 pm EDT

I can't believe a little girl can last that long in the woods I wouldn't be able to. Why does the russian edition show a girl that looks like shes in her twenties.weird. Any body up for some fish heads:)

Posted By: Kathlene May Guevarra Fonacier - June 8th, 2011 8:02:48 am EDT


Posted By: Simon Budd - June 7th, 2011 3:41:23 pm EDT

i used to think that books were just rubbish never got intrested in them untill i went into a shop one day and thorght about stephen king so i bourght this book and its just inspired me to read king i really loved this story and trisha just really related to me

Posted By: Lou Minatti - May 15th, 2011 10:57:33 pm EDT

My son is 11 and loves this story. It's a story for grown-ups that kids his age can read. Fantasy novels are a waste of time, so I like King's stories like this one. My son had lots of questions and that is always cool.

Posted By: Creampuff1959 - May 12th, 2011 10:37:49 pm EDT

I swore off Stephen King after reading Pet Sematary - scared me to pieces. Then I picked up this audio book by (then) 10 year old daughter and I were of the best books I've read, and I read two or three a week....kudos Mr. King!

Posted By: Nerissa - March 22nd, 2011 4:45:51 pm EDT

i was surprised at the end with the bear it wasn't what i expected. I have read a lot of his other books before i read this and i was not ready for the bear i was ready for something more exotic but all in all i loved the book and have recomemeded it to all my friends

Posted By: Mjhorrorchick - February 25th, 2011 11:35:51 am EST

I am only 17 and I started reading your books, when I was 10....I can honestly say I like this Book! Its not my Favorite, but it did catch my attention. I mean I can understand that this girl is scared to death of being dropped off in the woods and having no one to be there with her! Its horror, crazy, and a real eye catcher!! I could not put it down I mean I was reading it at the dinner table and in the car, during classes. I can never for get this book....EVER!!

Posted By: Bguy85 - February 7th, 2011 11:18:51 am EST

SPOILER: I just finished reading this novel last night. It was quite different than Stephen King's other books. It was slow-moving at times, but it kept my attention. One thing I am confused about is whether Trisha McFarland died at the end. She was lying in the hospital bed, and she pointed at "God" the way Tom Gordon does, and then the final words of the novel were "game over." I am still not sure if ''game over'' was referring to her life or to her harrowing experience of being lost.

Posted By: Bguy85 - February 6th, 2011 11:43:24 am EST

I am just over sixty pages into "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon," and I am absolutely loving it so far!

Posted By: Danielle - January 31st, 2011 7:48:52 pm EST

I loved this book, and i am a huge fan of all Stephen King works. However, throughout the novel the word "minges" is used as like a gnat, or type of bug, but whenever googled that word means none of the sort.

Posted By: Kncox8 - November 25th, 2010 3:56:04 pm EST

This was the very first book that I read by Stephen King. As of now, I cannot stop reading his work! I would recommend this book to everyone, although it's not much of a bone-chiller as others are.

Posted By: Solitamia2010 - November 21st, 2010 12:14:43 am EST

i really thought that this book was really good am i never really read but this one book out of maybe 5 books that i have read in my whole live is making me want to read more now

Posted By: Anonymous - October 27th, 2010 3:15:37 am EDT

this was the first of your many great books i had the pleasure in reading,and it was a great story and it had me absolutely in love with your storytelling.i think this book had a great outline to it and has just the right amount of creepiness to make someone shiver

Posted By: Black - October 11th, 2010 5:53:43 pm EDT
I read this book when I was younger and could identify myself somewhat with the charater. I spent many a night hiding out in the woods younger and still today prefer the woods as to society many times. I had to grow up in states custody and ran many times to the woods. I really enjoyed your novel.
Posted By: Nardac - September 6th, 2010 6:01:54 pm EDT
Dear Mr. King, I have read your books for years and, while sometimes I feel there is some recycling and some lesser works (hey, if everyone was as prolific as you this would be a valid complaint), I am often if not always satisfied. It was to my great satisfaction that you brought the New Hampshire wilderness to life in this book; that berries and bad water had their place as thrilling elements. I liked that you gave us a city slicker survival story with baseball. As usual, I couldn't put it down. Always a pleasure. Nobody, through all my living years, as put their finger on what chills our spines at night. And, ultimately, it is that fear that makes us sleep warmer in a comfy bed at night. Merci!
Posted By: Hecate - September 1st, 2010 2:13:14 am EDT
This is the book that made me start reading Stephen King. It was chillingly realistic and really made you wonder if the monster was in her head or not. I loved the story
Posted By: Kelvino - August 9th, 2010 11:06:17 pm EDT
This was the first Stephen King I ever finished. I did start reading It before this but i had to take a break. It was a great novel, it was short, witch made it nice. From a Coloradan hiker's perspective it was very realistic.
Posted By: S.K.Rules - July 3rd, 2010 9:22:12 am EDT
Good Story not his best (to me anyway) but a really good read all the same.
Posted By: Amanda - June 30th, 2010 8:23:30 am EDT
I read Girl many years ago and was astonished at the depth of this novel. I remember to this day-- this is one of my favorite novels, PERIOD.
Posted By: Candy - April 8th, 2010 4:36:37 am EDT
to all the bashers! A marvelous book...Ever walked into the woods of New England? The book comes alive. Masterful descriptive writing. I took my girlfriend from Pennsylvanis to New Hampshire and showed her. She was in AWE Ever seen a bear in the woods? They don't make much noise. Like none. Thought one was a bush once. Till I looked back and it was gone. To really appreciate the book you must experience the book. I LOVED IT !! Keep up the great work Steve... from a fellow New Englander
Posted By: Matt Brown - March 24th, 2010 6:53:28 pm EDT
Tiny. Never thought of it that way.

Posted By: $t. Michael - February 28th, 2010 8:19:23 pm EST
Freaky, sad, and wonderfull!!!
Posted By: Jocelyn - February 28th, 2010 6:39:55 pm EST
I loved the book. It was amazing. To tell you the truth, I got this book on accident. My friend and I took the wrong books and I ended up with hers... I couldn't how Trisha stayed in the forest all by herself... I would have lost it. Amazing books.
Posted By: Anonymous - February 16th, 2010 5:48:54 pm EST
wow a thousand spaces i wonder if i can make that many well first of all its a fine book im a huge stephen king fan but i have to say its not fantastic it is suspenseful and catching but not great so if you want to kill some time then read the girl who loved tom gordon but dont expect to be amazing
Posted By: Kobi - January 23rd, 2010 6:41:52 am EST
I just wish they would make the film
Posted By: Bear - January 19th, 2010 5:16:12 am EST
Loved this book. I have been a uber fan for decades. I thought I had everything Stephen King had written, till last Christmas when a friend got me the pop-up version of this book. It is awesome!
Posted By: Rebecca - November 30th, 2009 10:12:53 pm EST
This book was excellent, and it really got me thinking about what I would do if I become lost in the woods. It also got me thinking about just how strong people can be and how much being alone in the woods for so long can really change you. Although I would like to know who made that phone call to the police station. This book really opened my eyes and I realize now that I take a lot of things for granted and it has made me appreciate everything I have because it can all change so quickly. Thank you Stephen King for this amazing novel and i cant wait to read another one of your books. (I think my next novel will be Pet Cemetary) Sincerely, Rebecca Howitt
Posted By: Tiny - November 25th, 2009 1:59:37 am EST
***SPOILERS*** Matt Brown. You missed the point. The ending was genius. the book was genius. It was tom Gordon's 'stillness' that saved the girl at the end.(then her pitch,of course). There are some Ref's to other king works. bag of bones among them.
Posted By: Fishmanthing - October 22nd, 2009 9:09:33 pm EDT
did we ever find out what made the fake phone call to the police during the book?
Posted By: Crazy Metallica Person - October 10th, 2009 11:08:51 pm EDT
The first time I read this book was in the 6th or 7th grade. Can you believe it? They had it a book order form for little kids and I bought it becuase I loved Rose Red. It still surprises me that they would put this book on there... but anyway, when I first read it I loved it and I currently want to read more of his books and see more of the movies again. It's a great book and I highly recomend it
Posted By: Bert - September 15th, 2009 6:33:58 pm EDT
I just finished reading the paperback version of the novel and I simply couldn't put it down. There is so much to relate to - bands and phrases and family situations, as well as sports - that you become easily engrossed in the story, and you begin to see things as Trisha does. King did a phenomenal job portraying her as a mature child, and as well making sure to express her vulnerability as someone that is so young, and so unaware of what this new world around her really has in store for her. It is one of the first books I've read - and the only one I've been so taken with - that I've sort of rekindled my appreciation for his complex ideas. He's definitely a master of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Posted By: Christian - August 24th, 2009 3:37:05 pm EDT
It was the first book I read by Steven King and it will be the last I read because I thought it was very frightening... well, maybe I will some more books of his because frightening was what I wanted.
Posted By: Matt Brown - July 24th, 2009 12:10:11 am EDT
What an amazing book. A real page turner. Although for some reason I think that Stephen decided to cut the ending a little short. I was rather disappointed when a guy just comes out and shot IT (the thing that followed Trisha throughout the book). It just seemed like there was so much build up for nothing. However the writing is amazing; Stephen is a true master story teller and I did enjoy reading this book. This was the first Stephen King book that I ever picked up, and I have been hooked on him ever since.

Posted By: Marc - June 18th, 2009 6:13:45 pm EDT
I listen to this on audiobook while working. my job is cart pushing so i'm walking for close to 6 hours at a time. For 6.5 hours I walked side by side with Trisha in her nightmare. Another scary and fantastic story by King.
Posted By: Dallmann - June 16th, 2009 3:26:37 pm EDT
It was absolutely magnificent. Nothing I have ever read has illuminated my brain like this book has.
Posted By: Reaper - April 19th, 2009 2:22:05 am EDT
I really loved this book. It was brilliant, I read this book a few years ago and can still remember everything that happened in it. By far the best book I have ever read. Thank you Stephen King, you really are the master in cativating the attention of the readers.
Posted By: Val* - December 27th, 2008 6:20:58 pm EST
One of the first King's books I read. I really really liked it.
Posted By: Anonymous - December 10th, 2008 12:02:52 pm EST
please make this into a film but it has to be directed by stephen king himself as when he directs the films they are always better.
Posted By: AmareS - November 18th, 2008 10:31:06 pm EST
This an awesome book, i love it! very inspiring, and it gave me confidence for my exams! it's like a downgraded version of Misery., but both are real good! i love stephen king, my fav books are Misery, The Shining, The Green Mile
Posted By: Gabster - October 21st, 2008 9:11:22 pm EDT
very good. I love it. I didnt get to finish it so I dont know how it ends but very thrilling. It kept me interested.
Posted By: Anonymous - October 18th, 2008 9:41:37 pm EDT
This book was great. I wasn't able to put it down once I started. I would like to read more works from Mr. King centered around baseball.
Posted By: Sylvanna Rayne - September 19th, 2008 12:26:16 am EDT
The unadultered power of a child's imagination. The tendancy for well meaning adults to become agents of oppression. This book takes us through a heart and soul journey of a lost child following her.... Well I'm not going to tell you what... go read it! Its relatively short, and a great page turner. ....something very 'true' about this one....
Posted By: Kira - August 12th, 2008 3:06:11 pm EDT
I absolutely loved this book. It is not quite the bonechiller most of King's novels are, but I still could not put it down and genuinely hoped Trisha would prevail. It still does have a bit of a supernatural thrill factor, but that doesn't sem to dominate the story, it's just an ominous gloomy feeling in the background for much of the story. I would definitely recommend this one, but you may be disappointed if you were looking for something deeply terrifying.


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