Rated of 5
An excellent example of not-so-excellent writing
I was excited to begin reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon because of Stephen King's great reputation, but it became clear after about 60 pages that the book was nothing to hoot about.
First of all, the nine year old main character wasn't entirely believable. She wandered through the woods in a half-sarcastic daze, saying thinks like "yeah, baby" and "SEX-shoo-al" and thinking rather impressive thoughts.
The story started out all right, if you allowed yourself to believe that somebody could wander about 70 paces off of a trail and wind up walking into another state instead of finding her way back... The main character was well-characterized and it seemed as if her internal conflict had been made clear. There were several subplots that showed promise of tying into the main story... but it all fell to pieces towards the end.
The entire story was utterly repetitive and there was no real pay off for all of the foreshadowing put into it. Not to mention the climax - oh brother. Disgustingly predictable and not at all worth the read. Any element of suspense or tension I had felt while reading this book disappeared around the fifth false alarm.
For all of the bad things I feel about this book, I don't believe that reading it has been a complete waste of my time. I now know how not to write.