The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (EPUB)
Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn’t her only adversary, though – something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.
It is a story about how a young girl survives being lost in the woods, on the Appalachian Trail. And while there are some supernatural elements in it, they are not the overriding storyline. The focus is more on her psychological battle to survive. It’s a tale of courage and the strength of will. You don’t have to be a soldier or an athlete to be strong, you simply need the heart and mental toughness to never quit. She is one HELL of a fierce child, no matter how scared she is or how much she feels like giving up, she just keeps pushing past it and surviving. She is and always will be one of my favourite King characters.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is more emotionally realistic than some lost-in-the-woods novels and it’s a lot less traumatizing. It’s a character and theme-driven adventure/survival novel with ambiguous fantasy elements and some scary moments, not a horror novel. Even knowing the ending, it’s this level of investment in a character that made her being stalked by creatures and scrounging for food scary. This is definitely a different kind of scary in Stephen King’s world but, absolutely frightening nonetheless.