It

It

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"A landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times)— Stephen King's #1 national bestseller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers… an evil without a name: It.Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry's sewers. Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It. "Stephen King's most mature work" (St. Petersburg Times), "It will overwhelm you… to be read in a well-lit room only." (Los Angeles Times).
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Scribner, 2016
ISBN: 9781501141232
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 18, 2019

Stephen King is a very talented writer, and this book- like most of his others- is really creative, entertaining and very well written. It is really fun to read because it is scary, but also funny and serious. As can be expected from a book with over 1000 pages, there are some boring, slow moving parts throughout the story, and certain things seem to drag on for a very long time. Most of the characters are likeable, which always makes a story easier to read, and there are a lot of plot twists and surprises that have you wanting to read more and more. I enjoyed this book for the most part and I think Stephen King’s books are always fun to read. 8/10 stars
- @Bookworm123 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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familypriceof4
Nov 13, 2019

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! Characters where incredibly real feelings and the end of the book came with a surprise! Highly recommend.

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Cdh2121
Nov 05, 2019

My first read of "IT" was in 1986. I went and bought the book the day it was available @ Tower Books in Seattle. To this day, it's my second Fav. King book.
This Stephen King tale, is still in my top 5 of Horror Books. For me, "IT" is the most audience universal & addictive tale of Mr. Kings very large Library.
"IT" speaks to childhood fears, overcoming feelings of powerlessness to change things, being brave to save those we love and the power of bonds & friendship in the face of insurmountable challenge.

KHCPL_Wagner Oct 15, 2019

This horror novel features an evil clown.

LPL_SarahM Sep 04, 2019

I have to agree with everyone else who has read the book: THAT ONE SCENE feels completely unnecessary. I'm pretty sure when I got to it I said aloud (and alone), "Oh, no, really?? Stephen, what ARE you doing??" But, if I can ignore that (and I did by skimming those 10 or so pages), this really is a divine horror story. I found the bullying just as scary as Pennywise in a lot of instances and the whole thing transported me back to the 80s and my horror movie obsession at a way-too-young age.

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Pusheenrocks29
Aug 22, 2019

I enjoyed the book and the movie but.... There was a-lot of stuff that I don't think should have been in it.

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tylerjoseph
Jun 25, 2019

hey it's penney wise here

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JeanGrey666
Jun 24, 2019

A beautifully detailed book
A must read for horror fans
If you only see the movie or mini series you are missing out
It's a brick of a book (1152 pages) and took me almost 14 months to finish
Definitely worth it, if you are anything like me you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe and you'll want to read just one more page or maybe even chapter before you put it down.

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penguindreamer
Apr 01, 2019

This book is something else. It took me such a long time to finish this book but it was definitely worth it. Stephen Kings writing it amazing, the book was well written and with just the right amount of detail to make you believe you remember what it's like to think like a child. Some parts of the book were hard to read and I didn't agree with everything, hence the 4 1/5 stars, but this book is by far the best I've ever read. Intending to buy this book to keep with me for the one future day I decide to read it, when I've forgotten.

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Wonderboy1506
Jan 29, 2019

As I read the book I immediately fell in love with IT. Pennywise or whatever ITs real name was, was an amazing antagonist and truly made the book a suspenseful read. The characters all had very different personalities and I came to realize that at times they could be very funny. I did not ever get bored but the last little bit was long at times especially when they talk about the aftermath of defeating IT. It is quite cool to see the losers go up and have another go at IT although I liked the summer of 1958 a bit more. I have not watched the movies but I know I have something to look forward to.

This book at times could be very gory and when I first read IT I felt like I was a bit young But I was a bit older than the losers and at times I felt like I could relate.

Overall it was an fantastic read, well done Mr. King!

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carl5555
Dec 11, 2018

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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mmterry
Apr 12, 2018

Sexual Content: There is a very disturbing seen where all the boys in the losers club penetrate an 11 year old girl

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a lot of frightening and intense scenes in this book. The first scene is really frightening. If your scared of clowns already every scene with the clown in it will be frightening. There is also a scene in a restaurant that is pretty frightening.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Coarse Language: There is a lot of swear words in this book. They use the F word, The N word and lots of other swear words.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Sexual Content: Their is sexual content in this book. They talk about what they think sex is.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

Violence: Their is lots of violence in this book.Their is lots of blood. The first scene is pretty violent. It is also frightening if you don't expect it.

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mrhuff
Jul 16, 2014

Violence: This novel contains graphic depictions of the grizzly deaths of over a dozen characters, including children as young as age six.

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mrhuff
Jul 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The main theme of this novel is the exploitation of its characters' fears by its eponymous antagonist.

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mrhuff
Jul 16, 2014

Sexual Content: This novel contains graphic depictions of sexual violence against women, including a scene involving six boys having penetrative intercourse in succession with an eleven-year-old girl.

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"The Losers are still losing, but Stanley Uris is finally ahead!" (this is my favorite pun)

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gumball12
Oct 08, 2017

Youll float too

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aradiac
Aug 10, 2015

"Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists."
-S.K.

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kjerstis
May 31, 2015

''want your boat Georgie?"

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angeye87
Dec 17, 2013

“We lie best when we lie to ourselves.”

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It begins when *SPOILER ALERT* Bill's brother dies. From then on 7 people befriend each other and form an unbreakable bond. Bill and Eddie meet Ben, then Richie comes in with Stan, Beverley joins when Richie invites her to the movies, and finally, the circle closes when the Losers fight off Henry Bowers and his gang of bullies for Mike. They build clubhouses, play in the Barrens, and are children with each other while facing their own battles at home. Bill is bullied because he stutters, and is known as Stuttering Bill to everyone (except his friends, who know him as Big Bill). Bill is still dealing with the loss of his brother, Georgie, and he feels like his parents don't love him anymore because they blame him for Georgie's death. Eddie's mom is overprotective and he suffers with what his mom says is asthma. Ben is bullied because he is fat and he is hopelessly in love with Bev, but Ben also has an amazing mind of an architect. Richie is bullied because he is annoying and doesn't know when to shut up (Beep beep Richie), even though he is a loyal friend and can be pretty funny. Stan is the serious and practical one and he is bullied because he is Jewish (this book was written in the 80's and set in the 50's so it's pretty racist). Beverly has to deal with an abusive father and grows up her whole life in abusive relationships. Mike is the only black kid and is constantly fighting racism and the hatred of the town bully, Henry Bowers, who killed Mike's dog and is ready to move on to Mike himself. Why fighting against Henry and their own monsters, they still have to deal with the mysterious creature who is kidnapping children from Derry. The Losers encounter It multiple times, seeing the reflection of their own fears. Eddie sees a leper, Bill sees Georgie, Ben sees the mummy, Richie sees a werewolf, Stan sees the dead kids, Bev sees blood, and Mike sees the giant bird. They figure out that it's It, a force that has been kidnapping, killing, and feasting on the children of Derry for years. The Losers confront It first in the house at Neibolt Street, then in the sewers in It's lair. They make a vow that if It ever comes back, they'll all come back to Derry and face it together. Years go by, everyone moves away, and they all forget about each other and the summer of 1958. Then Mike Hanlon calls and informs them, "It's back". By then no one can remember It, their childhood in Derry, each other, or anything hat happened that summer. 6 of them show up in Derry as adults and they begin remembering together. Then they must face It again, but first they must face their own monsters. When that is done, 5 travel to It's lair again, and kill It once and for all. 4 leave the sewers, returning to Derry in ruins. Out of their original circle of 7, five survive and they all leave scarred. They leave Derry again, and forget about each other and the fact that anything ever happened.

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