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Welcome to Week 4 of the Online Book Club discussion of Stephen King’s It.

This last section was really disturbing, wasn’t it? I found myself skimming over some details because the story was just so upsetting. There’s a really controversial scene at the end, and if you want to read more about it, check out this article.

Henry Bowers was bad news, wasn’t he? I couldn’t believe that he stabbed Mike and left him for dead. Were you kind of relieved when Eddie killed Henry? He was also a sad character—so haunted and disturbed. It was bad enough to read about him when he was young, but I couldn’t believe he came back as an adult and It used him as a pawn.

It’s too bad that Bill’s wife Audra had to be drawn into this whole mess. That big spider web thing she got trapped in was pretty creepy. I wished that she could have a happier ending since she wasn’t a bad character—she just wanted to be reunited with her husband.

Did you find it strange that It was really a huge spider? Were you surprised that the main characters killed the spider relatively easily? All it required was brute strength, which was interesting. I would have thought that it would require a complicated ritual or multiple attacks.

After they defeat It, the adults start to lose their memories, just like they did back in 1958. Why do you think this happens? It’s interesting that even Mike starts to lose his memories, since he was the one who brought them all back together last time.

Were you satisfied with the ending? Did you hope for more resolution? Do you think It is really dead?

For those of you who watched the movie, did you enjoy it? Did you think the actors were believable? What do you think will happen in part 2, which will be released next year?

I hope you were able to make it all the way through the book. If you did, make sure to leave me a message and tell me how the reading went!

Next month, we’re going to change gears and read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book is a non-fiction account of Henrietta Lacks and the contribution her cells made to the medical community. To convince you to read this really great book, I am going to leave a trailer for the book here. Hopefully, it will entice you to join us again next month! I hope to hear from you all then.


7 Responses to “Stephen King’s It, Week 4”

  1. Carrol

    This book was definitely not for me. I am usually pretty open to reading something different, but I will not be looking for any more books like this one.

    I can tell you that I will not be watching the movie. I know I couldn’t handle it.

    I am looking forward to next month’s book.

    • Erin K.

      I don’t blame you, Carrol, for not wanting to watch the movie. I haven’t seen it–the trailer alone was enough for me to feel like the movie would be too scary for me.

      Next month’s book is really interesting. I hope you enjoy it. It definitely isn’t as dark as It was!

      Thanks for still commenting along all month, even though It wasn’t your favorite!

  2. Caty

    Can I just say, I’m not a part of this book club, but I love that you read “It”. I’m a huge King fan, and that’s some dedication! :).

    • Library Staff

      Caty, there’s no requirement to be in the Online Book Club. You can “join” by sharing your thoughts about any of the books we’re reading, at any time!

    • Erin K.

      It was a major undertaking, Caty.

      Since you’re a King fan, could you suggest another one for me to read? The enormity of It kind of left me feeling like I shouldn’t read another, but maybe I should try another.

      Thanks for commenting!

      • Caty

        Erin, sure! I think “Pet Sematary” is great. It’s not too long and I think it holds up well. More recently, “Resurrection” was very good. The implications the novel brings up are terrifying, and the language and imagery are terrific.

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