original title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
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
On the girl who loved Tom Gordon we follow Trisha, a young girl that went on a hiking trip with her mother and brother. While her mom and brother are having a discussion, Trisha decides to separate from them an go to the bathroom. After failing to find the path they were walking, she faces the hard reality of being lost in the wild.
The main theme of the story is the desperation Trisha feels as she tries to survive the current situation. The plot has some fantastical elements but the reader can’t be sure if they are real or they are only hallucinations/imagination.
As a minor theme through the book, you see the family relationship and Trisha’s point of view of it. Her parents got recently divorced, she has a close relationship with his dad, but since the divorce, her mom and brother are constantly fighting.
I love this type of horror, I tend to lean towards stories that are more realistic. Getting lost in the forest while hiking is something that could happen to anyone. I also like the fact that you get the mother’s point of view while she is lost, it gives a bit more dimension and adds hope.
The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was all the baseball references, but that is due to my lack of understanding of how baseball works. Otherwise, I really like the story.