A Novel

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"A landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times)--Stephen King's #1 national bestseller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as evil without a name: It.Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry's sewers. Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It. "Stephen King's most mature work" (St. Petersburg Times), "It will overwhelm you... to be read in a well-lit room only" (Los Angeles Times).
Publisher: New York, NY :, Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1980
ISBN: 9781501141232
Characteristics: c

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Apr 20, 2021

“It’ is a terrifying book about a monster that takes so many different forms that there is no real name for it. Absolutely terrifying by the end and it is also a movie. I liked how this author communicated the different perspectives of all the main characters, and the reader could clearly tell the differences in them. I also liked how Stephen King alternated between when the main characters were adults and when they were kids, although it can be hard to keep up with. I would not recommend this for anyone looking to read a short book, as this one’s above 1000 pages. The only thing I would say that confused me about this book was that there were so many things going on it got hard to follow. Alternating between the past and present is difficult to follow, never mind the fact that there are also 2 versions of each of the 6 main characters (past-selves and present-selves). Altogether, an amazingly scary book, but one that you must pay attention to, to fully understand it. Rating: 4.6/5 stars.
@QuizzicalKiwi1806 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Stephen King is an author known for his gory, horrifying, intense books. Although there may be some truly haunting moments that Pennywise the dancing clown has inflicted on readers, this story is much more than a horror book. It’s about friendship, overcoming fears, trust and most importantly, embracing your time as a child. Stephen King uses Pennywise as a manifestation of each character’s fears which eventually brings a group of friends together, making them stronger and closer than ever before. This story holds a big place in my heart and my head (it’s over 1000 pages long) and was so worth the read…no matter how long it took. It will forever remind me of my childhood, when bike rides were endless and getting a spot on the swings at the park was my biggest worry. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good friendship story but do keep in mind, this is still written by the King of Horror, some parts are incredibly intense. Rate: 4.5/5
@Joda of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The book “It” written by Stephen King provides a wonderful and entertaining experience for readers that love a mix of horror and suspense. To start, this book introduces several different characters, each containing a unique personality that will keep you incredibly immersed inside the story. The way the characters interact with each other and their environment will make it seem like you are part of the plot itself. In addition, the special bond and the intense adventures that they have showcases how powerful friendship truly is even in the midst of great despair. This alone will pull in the reader and keep their eyes glued to the pages in order to see what shenanigans they will be up to next.
I personally could not keep this book down as there was also something to look forward to in every page. The uniquely timed flashbacks and the chemistry between all the characters allowed the story to have a flow like no other. Furthermore, the incredible use of detailed language in the story allowed me to clearly visualize every single setting and event that occurred throughout the story. As a result, I got to have a more enhanced experience when reading all the different scenes that involved lots of actions and lots of horror. In general, I would highly recommend this book to any reader that is willing to read an amazingly complex novel filled with twists and turns at every page, alongside an amazing horror filled plot that will both overwhelm you, yet give you the rush of a lifetime.
@MatthewMaurice of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 30, 2021

Straight up the best book I have ever read! (except for that one scene) It has my all time favorite characters in it, all are so deeply connected to each other and have such a sadness to them but in a way that is not preachy but more so just below the surface. It is extremely long but very necessary for the story. You leave this book feeling like you know and understand each of the main 7 completely. I have never had a book connect with me and captivate me like this before. Can not recommend it highly enough.

b0kw00rm Mar 05, 2021

Why am I giving a 5 star novel half a star?

Because I can't ignore the passage where the 11 year old Bev Marsh gets it on with six 11 year old boys in a row, and no way is that essential to the plot.

ArapahoePatrick Feb 26, 2021

I tried reading It back in high school and gave up on it at some point for reasons I can't remember. I deeply regret not finishing it then. It was a wonderful book and was deeper and complex than I had been lead to believe. I always thought it was just about a scary clown, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be much more than that. I have not seen the miniseries adaptation of It, but the recent films pale in comparison to the book. I highly encourage anybody looking for a horror novel to read this, particularly if they have a sibling.

Nov 19, 2020

It's a journey. This work is well built from his other works. It's like King's universe, you can dig it. No complaints here. Finished in 20 days

Oct 04, 2020

It is one of the best horror blood I have ever read. Yes, the are lots of sexual scenes, and yes, they use the n-word a whole lot, mostly by the bowers family and the army, but I think it is a very good book

Aug 10, 2020

I felt cheated by the ending with Bill and Audra. I actually felt leaving this unresolved would have been perfectly fine. Overall, a good read and enjoyable

Mar 06, 2020

Started out great but then dragged way too much. Child gang bang part was totally unnecessary and creepy. HATED the ending

Feb 16, 2020

It was a good supernatural romp for most of the time but I really hate the ending.

Jan 03, 2020

This is a monster book about a dark being that haunts the nightmares of children. Known only as ‘It’ by the few who know about It, this dark alien brings the fears of children to life before consuming their terror and ending their lives.

Stephen King shows off his mastery of horror in this long, detailed story about seven children who faced It, wounded It, scared It, and drove It away. Twenty-seven years layer, It calls them back, wanting revenge for what they did to It, but has It made a fatal error in calling back the only ones who ever hurt It?

Wavering between the past and present lives of the grown-up children, this book is a masterpiece of storytelling. With a lot of detail, this book is not for the faint of heart. Over a thousand pages of rich prose, some of it controversial, and once you read It, you will wonder every once in a while if It is out there in your town.

Recommended for adults. No, seriously, you should be over eighteen. Consider this your warning of adult material.

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Dec 11, 2018

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 12, 2018

Sexual Content: There is a very disturbing seen where all the boys in the losers club penetrate an 11 year old girl

May 19, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Too scary!

May 31, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a lot of frightening and intense scenes in this book. The first scene is really frightening. If your scared of clowns already every scene with the clown in it will be frightening. There is also a scene in a restaurant that is pretty frightening.

May 31, 2015

Coarse Language: There is a lot of swear words in this book. They use the F word, The N word and lots of other swear words.

May 31, 2015

Sexual Content: Their is sexual content in this book. They talk about what they think sex is.

May 31, 2015

Violence: Their is lots of violence in this book.Their is lots of blood. The first scene is pretty violent. It is also frightening if you don't expect it.

kendalliah Jan 07, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Probably the scariest book ever written, all around.

Jul 16, 2014

Violence: This novel contains graphic depictions of the grizzly deaths of over a dozen characters, including children as young as age six.

Jul 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The main theme of this novel is the exploitation of its characters' fears by its eponymous antagonist.

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"The Losers are still losing, but Stanley Uris is finally ahead!" (this is my favorite pun)

Oct 08, 2017

Youll float too

Aug 10, 2015

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists."

May 31, 2015

''want your boat Georgie?"

Dec 17, 2013

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”


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It begins when *SPOILER ALERT* Bill's brother dies. From then on 7 people befriend each other and form an unbreakable bond. Bill and Eddie meet Ben, then Richie comes in with Stan, Beverley joins when Richie invites her to the movies, and finally, the circle closes when the Losers fight off Henry Bowers and his gang of bullies for Mike. They build clubhouses, play in the Barrens, and are children with each other while facing their own battles at home. Bill is bullied because he stutters, and is known as Stuttering Bill to everyone (except his friends, who know him as Big Bill). Bill is still dealing with the loss of his brother, Georgie, and he feels like his parents don't love him anymore because they blame him for Georgie's death. Eddie's mom is overprotective and he suffers with what his mom says is asthma. Ben is bullied because he is fat and he is hopelessly in love with Bev, but Ben also has an amazing mind of an architect. Richie is bullied because he is annoying and doesn't know when to shut up (Beep beep Richie), even though he is a loyal friend and can be pretty funny. Stan is the serious and practical one and he is bullied because he is Jewish (this book was written in the 80's and set in the 50's so it's pretty racist). Beverly has to deal with an abusive father and grows up her whole life in abusive relationships. Mike is the only black kid and is constantly fighting racism and the hatred of the town bully, Henry Bowers, who killed Mike's dog and is ready to move on to Mike himself. Why fighting against Henry and their own monsters, they still have to deal with the mysterious creature who is kidnapping children from Derry. The Losers encounter It multiple times, seeing the reflection of their own fears. Eddie sees a leper, Bill sees Georgie, Ben sees the mummy, Richie sees a werewolf, Stan sees the dead kids, Bev sees blood, and Mike sees the giant bird. They figure out that it's It, a force that has been kidnapping, killing, and feasting on the children of Derry for years. The Losers confront It first in the house at Neibolt Street, then in the sewers in It's lair. They make a vow that if It ever comes back, they'll all come back to Derry and face it together. Years go by, everyone moves away, and they all forget about each other and the summer of 1958. Then Mike Hanlon calls and informs them, "It's back". By then no one can remember It, their childhood in Derry, each other, or anything hat happened that summer. 6 of them show up in Derry as adults and they begin remembering together. Then they must face It again, but first they must face their own monsters. When that is done, 5 travel to It's lair again, and kill It once and for all. 4 leave the sewers, returning to Derry in ruins. Out of their original circle of 7, five survive and they all leave scarred. They leave Derry again, and forget about each other and the fact that anything ever happened.

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