Book Review | Joyland by Stephen King

book cover Joyland by Stephen KingIt’s been almost a month since I read Joyland. I was looking for an easy read, a paperback to take on the plane and this fit the bill. I’ve read quite a few of Stephen King’s books, 28 to be exact, and this was at the very bottom of my enjoyment list. While the writing was decent, the tension, build-up, and plot in general were lacking. The characters are underdeveloped and fairly flat. It took more than half the book for the actual crux of the story to become apparent.

Just in case you’re still interested… Joyland tells the story of a college kid who takes a summer job at an amusement park. He’s heart broken after his girlfriend splits on him so he throws his all into being a carny and befriends a few other summer employees who board at the same house. The fortune teller senses an ill omen for the kid and things shift course when the three of them check out the haunted ride where years before a young lady was murdered. He saves a choking girl while dressed like a dog and then meets a little boy who can hear thoughts and see spirits. Have you figured out the plot yet? This book is probably on the shelf at a library near you. For a much better, but completely different read by King, try Desperation.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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