It by Stephen King

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It by Stephen King
Series: N/A
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
First published September 1986
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Pages: 1166
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.
Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

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The most important things are the hardest things to say, because words diminish them…

This is the first book I ever read by Stephen King and I’m so happy I finally did it! I know he is an author that many love and a lot of times even a favorite. But horror is not my style – I do like thrillers but I feel that horror is a step too much from that. That said, I actually did enjoy this book and I loved many things about it, but I also didn’t like some things and well, like I said, it’s just not my style.

For me, the best thing about this book was the writing. I just absolutely loved it. It’s brilliant! It’s so catchy, emotional, clever and it contains amazing quotes! That’s one of the things that made me want to continue reading it – and obviously the mystery – and I mean, for me to read 1166 pages, it had to be good.

This book contains a LOT of swearing, talks about homophobia, racism (in a very high and terrifying level), death, grief, psychological abuse, religion, bullying, and so on. It treats all these themes in a very different way from what I’m used to. It’s really intense at times, but I guess that’s the point, to show reality in a striking way. And it did work because it really made me uncomfortable. And a lot of times things really touched me, like how people in grief often see only what they lost and forget what is still in front of them, which is a theme really popular in ya nowadays. The bullying part of this book was also extremely touchy. It was so terrifying but on the other end, it showed the importance of friendship and staying together.

And that leads me to the characters, whom I really enjoyed! They are so different and fun and I loved to have the perspective of both child and adult in the book. They are all amazing in their own way but my favorite characters are Richie and Bill. But especially Richie… He is just the funniest character ever!

“Beep Beep, Richie.”

The plot was a bit confusing at times, probably because it took me some time reading it and I kept forgetting some details, I don’t know. It’s definitely not the type of book I would recommend to read tiny parts at a time. It’s too complex for that.

The mystery was scary, compelling, dark and definitely interesting. But I did not enjoy some parts near the end.  I don’t wanna say too much because it would spoil but I really didn’t like it. I feel that it was a bit too much.

Also, the end was just okay for me. The book had a really good mystery and suspense throughout, funny parts, scary parts and even horrible ones but the end… It just didn’t do much for me.

Like I said, although this book is really intense, there are some really funny moments in it too! It’s really a unique book that I would recommend especially if you like horror obviously, but if you wanna try out Stephen King, this is a good one. Big, sure, but definitely good. Plus his writing and overall ideas are 100% worth reading.

This was not a favorite but I’m for sure checking more of his books and obviously the movie that came out! I’m excited to see it and compare it to the book. Also, I’ve heard it’s really scary, and I’m a bit of a chicken so let’s see how it goes…

“We all float down here!”

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What about the movie? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

7 thoughts on “It by Stephen King

  1. “for me to read 1166 pages, it had to be good”
    lol
    I am glad you liked this book. Stephen King is a really hyped writer of horror genre, but the case is exactly same with me, I have never given horror novels a shot, because that’s just not my taste. But I am planning to widen this horizon of genre, so let’s see…
    Great Review! 🙂

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  2. Thank you for your review! I’ve always wanted to read this book but I’ve been scared of the size! From my personally experience with King I would highly recommend ‘Misery!’ 😊

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