Joyland - Stephen King | Book Review

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Pages: 283 paperback
Publication date: June 4th, 2013
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  5 out of 5


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.


This book was so good! I loved the story telling, the writing style and character/story development of the whole book. This is the first Stephen King book that I've read and definitely won't be my last. His story telling (at least in this book) is so natural and easy to follow and it was believable too. I also loved how King didn't rush the story, it was nicely paced and unraveled nicely throughout the story and at the end.

For me, I always thought I could guess what was going to happen next but I was always wrong, which I loved because the story wasn't obvious. King is so creative, he writes stories in ways that aren't the obvious thinking. The story was a true mystery and suspenseful one. 

Joyland is about a boy named Devin Jones who has applied to work at an amusement park called Joyland during the summer when he's in university. His girlfriend thinks it'll be good for them to be apart for the summer and he goes along with it but never really hears from his girlfriend throughout the summer. His girlfriend turns into his ex-girlfriend and he puts all his time at the amusement park trying to figure out why she pulled away from his life and how it'll be when they go back to school. Joyland has its legacy ghost in the haunted house ride from a murder just four years back and the killer was never caught. 

Not only is this book a mystery but it touches upon love, loss, growing up and growing old.
I thought the old jokes and bits of old slang that the older amusement park workers used gave the characters even more realistic aspects of being real. Because when the story is being told to the reading by the older Devin Jones it's nice to see the comparison of when he was 21 years old to who he is now in 2012. 

2012 Devin jokes about Google Chrome, research and it's hilarious because it's so much easier now.


"When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction" - Joyland, pg. 43

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