Joyland by Stephen King
Published June 4, 2013
Paperback, 283 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.
I found this book to be a quick, easy, short read, with a very interesting story line. It was unlike anything I’ve yet read from Stephen King. I think it would be a good one to read in one sitting, during the summer because of the summery timeline of the book. It definitely had a unique carnivalesque theme containing a murder mystery. Like most of Stephen Kings books that I read there wasn’t distinct chapters, only section breaks. I loved that they were marked by little hearts. Luckily books like this don’t bother me, I’m not a huge “must stop at this chapter” kind of person.
I loved the fact that the story was equally plot and character driven. Most books are more one than the other so this was a nice change of pace for me. I really loved that it was told like a story from the past, by a very reliable narrator. Devin was a very lovable character right from the beginning, until the very last page. The secondary characters were a great addition and I love that the romance was kept to a bare minimum. I was a bit questioning when it came to the characters that were considered “carny’s”, they all seemed to make me feel uncomfortable.
Overall I enjoyed this book so much, maybe because I love how Stephen pulls you in right from the very beginning. The plots of his books are always extremely unique and interesting, and this was not exception. It also makes me very happy when everything ties up so well and you aren’t left with any questions, like this book. I did find it a bit slow paced at times, but that isn’t unusual for me when reading his books, it’s almost expected.