Published Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Horror

You can read the summary for Joyland, here.

I don’t normally read horror. I tried, once, when I was 16 years old. I picked up my mom’s copy of It by Stephen King. I thought to myself, “Self, this won’t be so bad…just give it a chance.” I got about three chapters in when the phone rang, and the book went FLYING out of my hands. I was petrified and haven’t touched another scary book since then. So this was a HUGE step for me.

Let me start by saying, this book is NOT scary. This story is the recollection of the main character’s summer job experience at a theme park called Joyland {go figure}. He’s a college freshman in need of money, friends, and distractions. He makes the money, finds the friends, and gets more than he bargained for in the distraction department. This is a murder/mystery, whodunnit novel but in the midst is a touching story that I was not expecting. Stephen King is a brilliant storyteller {I’m late to the King fan club}. He’s a sneaky ninja… making me think this was all about solving a murder and releasing a ghost from the confines of the ride on which she was killed and then BAM! hitting me with a side story that made me wanna cry.

Folks, this book is a fast and excellent read! I’ve already passed it on and will keep passing it on until everyone I know has read it. So be prepared.

Happy Reading, homies.

Ps. It’s almost the weekend. #highfive


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