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They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. What was it? Read It and find out...if you dare!
Publisher: New York :, Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2017
Edition: Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9781501175466
Branch Call Number: F KIN NVD
Characteristics: x, 1157 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: It


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They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women . But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. What was it? Read It and find out...if you d... Read More »

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Jan 13, 2018

Though it could probably have been trimmed a couple hundred pages, it is still an excellent read. King intertwines several narratives beautifully and crafts an epic of a novel. You don't often read a book that is scary, funny, pulse-pounding, and insightful all at the same time. This book makes you yearn for adventure while taking you back to your childhood and all the nostalgia and emotion associated with it. This is truly an epic novel (in both length and scope), but it is certainly worth your time.

Is this number 2? Answer please :)

Dec 29, 2017

im gonna rethink getting this

liljables Oct 31, 2017

Listen: this novel is not without its flaws. There is racism and homophobia throughout, and the (very few) female characters are treated like garbage. The only female among the Losers' Club, Beverly Marsh - an 11-year-old girl - is sexualized to a horrifying degree. If we chalk these flaws up to the time period of the book (back and forth between the 1950s and 1980s), and the time of publication (1986), I guess we can sleep at night.

All that being said...I couldn't put this book down. This novel fully delivered on the genuine terror I was hoping for (and was denied) in the film adaptation. I can't put my finger on exactly what made the book so much scarier, although I guess we could chalk it up to my all-too-active imagination. I think what chilled me the most was the effect of IT on the adults of Derry: while they can't see the entity, IT's presence is still felt, and causes a subtle but definite change in the adults' behaviour. Just like Pennywise, the evil that manifests in the adults has many forms: ignorance, cruelty, apathy, and (I hope) the brutal misogyny and racism throughout. If you're not a horror fan, you've probably stopped reading by now, but if you're open to the idea of a good old-fashion scare, it's the perfect time to pick up IT!

Oct 30, 2017

Being a fan of Stephen King, this is one of my favorite books in the horror genre.
An eternal entity that goes into a sort of hibernation comes back every 27 years, feeding on the fears of children and creating all sorts of chaos in the Town of Derry, Maine. Divided into five parts moving from The summer of 1958 to 1985.
Our story begins again in the summer of 1958 when Georgie, Bills little brother goes out to sail a paper boat and is the first to meet the entity during this visit. A group of eleven year olds including Bill get tangled up in the horror in Derry, Maine and give the entity the name IT. After the children vanquish IT they make a promise to come back and fight again if IT manages to return.
The worst happens in 1985 and six phone calls are made by the one member that didn't move away from Derry to the losers club, now adults with lives away from Derry, to keep that promise.
IT isn't just a horror story but many stories within the one. Following the storyline is made easy by the way King builds his characters and weaves them together into a book that is hard to stop listening to. IT is an investment in time since the story line begins with the characters in the 1950's and then brings them back to Derry 27 years later as adults to battle IT once again. What Stephen King does with these characters is a forty-five hour journey in listening or 1157 pages of reading, but well worth it.

(A bit scary though)

Oct 29, 2017

Overall a good novel and worth the time it took to read. Start reading as soon as you get home as you'll need every day available on your checkout time to finish it. A little too long for me with too many names to remember. I feel King could've still gotten his intended points across while leaving some parts out to shorten it a little. However, all of his novels are long, so the length didn't surprise me and didn't stop me from reading until I had it finished. It Includes seven main characters, each one being part of the novel with what happens to them as a child that brings them all together as friends and what happens as an adult that brings them all back together. The novel then jumps back and forth through time from one character to the next, back to the first, etc. bringing in a long list of minor character names along the way so, if you're not the best with keeping names straight, I suggest writing them down with a quick note of their parts to the story as a child and as an adult. Otherwise you'll be like me and find yourself flipping back to previous pages over and over to remind yourself of who each character is! Per other comments, I wanted to read it first before going to watch the older and newer film versions.

Oct 26, 2017

I really want this book, but I'm most certainly not going to be 67th in line just to get the book IT.

Oct 25, 2017

If you just can't wait for chapter 2 of It, you might want to consider going back to the source. It is an amazingly written and horrifying novel, following the Loser’s Club both past and present, as they try to defeat the evil entity that lurks under the sewers of Derry. As per Stephen King usual, It is rather plot heavy and can be hard to understand, but the payoff of reading the novel is well worth it. Shortly after “Stuttering Bill” Bill Denborough’s younger brother Georgie dies a mysterious death, children begin to go missing. Bill believes they may be connected, and recruits his friend group-known as the “Loser’s Club”- as well as a few extra losers to try to stop whoever- or whatever- is doing them. It is the beginning of some of Stephen King's writing staples: The ugliness hiding within small towns, the power of memory, childhood trauma and its echoes on adulthood. Stephen King’s writing style makes every page both riveting and unsettling. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loved the new It movie, or is just looking for a scare.
- @chillchillchill of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I recently read It by Stephen King, and I was not a fan of it. After the hype of the new release of the movie, I decided to read the book. I read a few of Stephen King’s books before, such as Carrie and Under the Dome, and I really enjoyed them. As for It, while the storyline was creative, I didn’t like how it was organized. It is about an evil monster that is disguised as a clown, who attacks a town in Maine called Derry, and it’s up to a few kids to fight back and destroy the monster attacking their home town. The idea was really creative, actually, because King uses the common fear of clowns and uses characters in their youth to fight against their fear as if they were overcoming it. But, I thought the book was unnecessarily long (1138 pages) and mostly went into the characters’ youth and not much into the present day where they were adults and planning to go against the clown, which made the book boring. Overall, I give this book a 1.5/5, and recommend this book to readers 14 and up who enjoy horror novels.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This book is amazing!! When I first heard about it I heard teenagers and clowns and thought it was going to be boring and kind of stupid, with you yelling at the characters not to go down to the basement alone the whole time. But that is not this book and I am so glad I read it! This is one of my favorite books of all time! It is definitely worth the read and the wait! Not many books scare me but this one is scary. The details are amazing and it's not just about clowns. This book is about love, innocence, racism, bullying, growing up, friendship, abuse, neglect, fears, children, adults, and yes, clowns. It may sound weird but this book made me cry! You get so attached to the characters and all the little details. The book is so real and funny and happy and sad and angering. The children are so innocent and yet they're suffering abuse, bullying, neglect, and racism. Pennywise is a great character, and as much as he's terrifying, his puns are kind of funny. It's wonderful to watch Stuttering Bill become Big Bill, Trashmouth Tozier to become Richie, the fat kid becoming Ben, the black kid becoming Mike, the Jew becoming Stan, Beverley becoming Bev, and Mrs. Kaspbrak's son becoming Eddie, or, according to Richie, Eds. This book is so wonderful and worth every page of it; I get bored with a book very easily and Stephen King was able to keep me interested throughout all 1153 pages. It's also great to be able to have actually read the book throughout all of the hype over the movie, and when everyone else is talking about Pennywise after watching a few hours of a movie, you know that in It's true form It's a girl, after loyally reading the book. This book stays with you and I can't stop thinking about Silver or Henry Bowers or the Losers Club of 1958 ("The Losers are still losing, but Stanley Uris if finally ahead!"). Warning- the last part of the book gets pretty graphic and gory and there's also some sexual abuse

Oct 01, 2017

Although some scenes were over-the-top and there were some perplexing concepts introduced throughout the book, (such as the cosmic, macroversian super-turtle), the book is a masterpiece, and one worth reading.

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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.

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.

May 31, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Oct 08, 2017

Youll float too

Aug 10, 2015

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

May 31, 2015

''want your boat Georgie?"

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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