I vividly remember my disappointment with the TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s “It”. I didn’t read the book, and have no idea how close of an adaptation it is, but I remember being totally creeped out by the Tim Curry demon clown crawling out of the sewer grate. I remember completely buying into the suspense until the end. The end is where you find out the “It” is a gigantic evil alien spider. Really? Really. Oh, the build up to the crap ending really smarts, doesn’t it?
This does get a bit spoilery, but not really because anything I reveal here still does not fully uncover the full crappiness of the craptastic ending.
I read Lisa McMann’s first three books and enjoyed them all. I love her terse writing style and am consistently amazed by her ability to create believable conversations between her characters without seeming to dumb down the dialogue or fill it full of whatever us old folk think of as hip speak which is never authentic and is usually embarrassing. Her work is real and immediate. Why did she forsake me here?
The story follows Kendall Fletcher, a girl struggling with OCD in a small farming community in Montana. From the forward, we learn that the author, Lisa McMann, has a daughter with OCD which explains the thoughtful details regarding Kendall’s condition. Maybe it will serve as a resource for kid’s suffering from OCD? Unfortunately, it’s the OCD which leads our heroine to discover the scrawled messages on her school mate’s desk after he, and a previous girl who also used that desk, go missing. These messages lead Kendall to uncover the reason for the disappearances-a possessed school desk. A. POSSESSED. SCHOOL. DESK. Really? Really. Suddenly, an evil alien spider seems like an inspired idea.