PART FOUR OF FOUR – IT by Stephen King

Review

ItTITLE: IT
AUTHOR: Stephen King

RELEASED: September, 1986
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
FORMAT: Paperback / Ebook

GENRE: Horror
GOODREADS RATING: 4.22

TRIGGERS: Homophobia, extreme bullying, mental & physical abuse, murder, murder of infant, murder / torture of animals, sexual harassment, kids having consensual sex

SYNOPSIS
It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Standaard

Before I start this review, I want to point out there won’t be a weekly reading update this time. Why? Well.. Because I’m on holiday, sold my laptop and.. am not able to post it! Unless I’d go to some kind of internet cafe and I really don’t feel like doing that so yeah.. I might just pop in with an update this weekend though. Let’s hope I get in a lot of reading before then! Also – HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope you get tons of candy and can enjoy some creepy movies or reads today.

Anyway. I was quite enjoying my read of IT up until I read the final quarter of the book and then it all went down the drain. I was totally willing to rate this book four or four and a half cupcakes but now.. I’m not really all that sure anymore. This novel contains a lot of triggers, very harsh scenes and.. one scene simply grossed me out entirely. Felt too shocking. Too over the top. Too wrong. It actually made me skim the last forty-ish pages of the book and I’m not even sorry about it either. So.. Let’s see, huh. Note that there will be spoilers in the “bad” part of this review!
If you feel like reading my past reviews, here’s the link to part one and the link to part two and three!

The good

Let’s start with a short recap of all the things I mentioned so far. The main cast consisting of one girl and six boys and King switching between pretty much all their POV’s all the time is definitely the main thing when it comes to his writing – I’m ignoring the elaborate writing style because that’s just.. King – in this book. I could easily tell them all apart, so yay me.
As I pointed out in my last IT reading update, the story really starts halfway through the book. After that, things move along more quickly and the size of the novel felt less daunting to me than it did at first. I knew I was going to be sucked in, which made reading a 1400 page monster tons easier!

Another fun thing to mention is.. maybe how I expected to be absolutely creeped out while reading IT, but that never really happened? Sure, there were some moments that gave me the creeps a bit, but not in the nightmare-provoking way I was expecting it to.

The bad

Spoilers are mentioned here, so only read on if you don’t mind reading those! On the contrary, there were so many other things I had issues with during the last quarter of this book. Some of those things actually angered me to no end and caused me to skim the last forty-ish pages of the book – like I mentioned in my intro.  Not only did the bullying to into the very extreme, but there is also a scene where Beverly, the only girl in our main cast, has sex with all the other boys. Six boys. At the age of eleven / twelve. I just.. I almost threw up, okay? I was angry, nauseous and even more angry that something like that was included because it is not. okay. and I wasn’t okay after reading it either. I’m still angry about it and I just know it impacts my rating of this book a whole lot.

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Am I the only one who read this book and.. kind of regrets it?
Do you know any spooky books a wuss like me might enjoy – and maybe even convince me to cross over to the dark side of horror reads?

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12 thoughts on “PART FOUR OF FOUR – IT by Stephen King

  1. Whoa, wait – you sold your laptop? 😮 Are you replacing it, or was it because of the move?

    But on topic, I hope you had a good halloween and that your holiday is going well! I’m sorry the ending of IT was so awful. 😦 I’m so glad I listened to you and DNFed it for good when I did. I don’t blame you for the rating you chose, though.

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    1. I sold it because it was a.. small one that could barely handle anything? Like, it froze the moment I started drafting a blog post and stuff like that so I got tempted to throw it out of the window way too often, hah. :’) Don’t know whether or not I’ll be replacing it eventually. Might go with a tablet that has a removable keyboard or something?

      I didn’t even NOTICE Halloween where we were at! So weird! We didn’t even watch a spooky movie like we planned to but watched a comedian’s show instead, haha.
      I’m actually glad I helped you in that decision. I wish I would’ve known about those things before I started reading to be honest.. I’d probably have thrown it out immediately. :’)

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    1. If it helps with your decision, that scene (or anything similar actually) doesn’t happen in the movie. I only found out about it when I saw an article about it.

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  2. Thank you so much for letting me join in on your readalong Kathy!! I know we both ended up being disappointed in It, but at least we can say we’ve read this beast haha! I ended up giving the book three stars. Like you, I was upset by the scene at the end which was so freaking unnecessary, and I also didn’t like how long the book was. Like you said, the actual story starts in the middle of the book.
    Anyway, great review ! I had so much fun buddy reading this book with you 💕

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    1. Thank YOU! I definitely would not have finished the thing if it weren’t for you, haha.
      Exactly! We have to keep the positive things in mind when it comes to this one. Especially since it would.. feel more and more like a waste of reading time if we didn’t? [I’ve honestly struggled with that because I could’ve read so many other books in the time I read that.. thing.. :’) ]

      Thank you! And right back at you! ❤

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