The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Book - 1999
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From international bestseller Stephen King, a classic story that engages our emotions on the most primal level, a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm but aglow with a girl's indomitable spirit.

What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn't like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.

The brochure promised a "moderate-to-difficult" six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother Pete and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.

Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number thirty-six, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio's reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her--her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1999
ISBN: 9780684867625
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 23 cm


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ArapahoeKati Jul 01, 2019

Stephen King is a compelling writer. If you always associate him with supernatural or horror writing, try this instead: a nine-year-old girl is lost in the woods.

ArapahoeKarenQB Jul 23, 2018

I liked this one a lot, though it felt like King threw some red herrings in there. I do like it when King departs from his usual super-scary stuff, though, and this book kept me hooked!

Aug 07, 2017

This really didn't sound like it would be a good book so I got it just to see what it was.

It was great!

Stephen King can make a book out of nothing.

JCLLauraH Nov 29, 2016

I could feel the panic build as Tricia travels further away from civilization and deeper into the woods. A suspenseful, quick read.

Aug 21, 2015

Wow, Great book. Were does
Stephen King get his imgantion
from? One thing that would
scare me is getting lost in the
woods. Thank god that's never
happend me!


Jun 13, 2015

I'll just cut to the chase and list the pros and cons of this book.


Trisha (the lead) is a very likeable little girl, and never loses sight of the ultimate goal. Survival. For a nine year old girl that is impressive. Not to mention her instincts and attention to details of the past which help aid in her survival.

Her love for Tom Gordon. The scenes where she talks with him and him being her guiding light so to speak through the woods. I like the portrayal a lot.

Stephen King is always great at describing the surroundings and making you feel really present in the action.


I hate hate hate hate the similes used for describing the "Monster" (at the end of this book). I knew what is was all along, and I wish he would have described it differently. More realistically actually. When Trisha finds out what the Monster is... I like how it ties together with Tom Gordon. That's about it for the likeable "Monster" scenario. What a bore.

Apr 02, 2015

Okay people, don't get me wrong. SK is probably the best writer of modern times and MOST of his books are amazing. About 95% of his books are scary, horrifying, convincing, and just downright amazing. However, some of is stuff is bad. Really bad. This was one of these books that was downright boring and was just dumb. This is no knock-your-sock-off type of book. It is just about a little girl who gets lost in the woods and says bad words. So, would I read this book? No! Not unless you want to waste your time!

Jul 18, 2014

Following nine year old Trisha McFarland, readers are taken on a journey through the terrifying reality of being lost in the woods. Trisha lives in a family that was torn apart by the divorce of her parents, leaving her brother and mother in a constant quarrel over simple disagreements. Trisha, her mother, and her brother go on a hiking trip, in which her brother and mother begin to argue. Trisha, being ignored and unmonitored by the two, eventually gets separated from them and loses sight of the trail she was once on.

We follow Trisha on this horrific incident and learn of her power and capabilities despite her young age. We also learn of her love for baseball player Tom Gordon, who is known for keeping calm in any sort of situation. It is through this rational and Trisha’s own experiences that she is able to move forward in hopes of finding civilization once again.

Although she is a young girl, Trisha is not ignorant. She is fully capable of understanding and absorbing what she is surrounded by, whether it is the awful sound of her family arguing or the terrors brought to her in the woods. Trisha shows the reader what it means to possess willpower and strength through her journey in the woods and also when dealing with her family. Stephan King once again is able to entice readers with this creatively written novel. Unsurprisingly, King has not only successfully written a nail biting, suspense filled novel, but also managed to leave the reader with new found knowledge.

Mar 03, 2013

Another surprise for Stephen King in that this story isn't his typical fair. The monster is the book is always just out of sight, or leaves marking the little girl finds on her way out of the dark forboding woods. It is typical in that the story starts like normal and little things pop up along the way that slowly makes you realize your in Stephens world and any monster can come out of the dark and get you.

indigo_lion_24 Jun 27, 2012

This little book won't deliver the kind of stuff that will knock your socks off but you will enjoy the characters.

After reading a couple of King's works, I'm very impressed by the wide range of his imagination and his ability to write vastly diverse stories that transcend formula.

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Apr 02, 2015

Coarse Language: A fair amount of swearing.

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