It - Stephen King I really didn't know what to rate this book. I bounced between 3 and 4 stars multiple times.
The pros are that it's a great story, it is intense and sometimes I found myself almost holding my breath wondering what would happen. It's creepy and unsettling and the characters are so fleshed out and well written that it's just really hard not to love this book. It's hard not to love them.
The cons are that it's a 500-700 page story told in over 1000.
Why did Stanley Uris' wife need so much backstory? Seriously she had absolutely nothing to do with the story.
We were told, at length, exactly why Henry Bowers had the farts for a scene that wasn't really all that important.
The whole bit about Claude Heroux almost put me to sleep.
Basically, Stephen King has an amazing ability to bring you to the edge of your seat and scare the crap out of you, while making you care deeply for very well written characters. But he also has a bad habit of over detailing, overwriting and it can make parts of this book drag on to the point where by the end you just want it to be over.
The sex scene with the kids. SERIOUSLY? I don't understand why that needed to happen. It seems to me that Stephen King could have written anything he wanted there but for some reason decided that
1. 11-year-olds having sex was the way to go and
2. The only girl there's biggest contribution is sex? Again I ask, Why?
I felt like I was reading something I shouldn't be, I felt dirty and it was just disturbing and maybe that's why this book is just so unsettling.
Despite the complaints and some are really huge, I would still recommend this book. It's something you have to read at least once!