Book Review | Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Never have I ever reviewed a Stephen King book on my blog. The thing is, it’s really intimidating to take on a masterful writer with mediocre writing. Does that makes sense to you? It sure makes sense to me.

For as long as I’ve been a reader, I’ve never considered reviewing the master’s books because I’m afraid I won’t do his work justice. But this year, I set out with a goal to review every single book I read and I happened to pick up a King book in March.

Pet Sematary was on my TBR as soon as I realized there’d be a new film adaptation. I haven’t seen the original, but now that I’ve read the book – I can’t wait to watch both adaptations!

Let’s jump into my first ever King review, shall we?

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed’s rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed.

Paint a Picture

One of the things I admire most about King’s writing is simulatneously the reason I often struggle with his writing – it’s so, so wordy. He likes to really get into the descriptions of things – which works for when he’s describing the horror his characters encounter, but can be too much when it’s tedious and not so horror filled.

I can only take so much. Also a wise man once said to me “Brevity is the soul of wit” and so you can imagine why I feel this way.

That said, the wordiness of King’s writing is the reason it sometimes takes me a solid month to read his works. This one took me a week, so it really says something about how captivating the story was. There were days when I read more than 100 pages because I wanted more. I think I just really enjoyed the main character because I could relate to him.

Family Dynamic

I came to understand that the plot of this novel is loosely based on King’s own life as a University of Maine writer. What I want to say in this vein of topics is I truly loved the dynamic between Louis and Rachel. They have a strong relationship that’s only really tested toward the end of the book.

Also, I still just can’t get over the fact that King basically made a fart joke in this book. It’s been over a week since I read the line and I still joke with my husband about it. Basically, the relationship between Louis and Rachel reminds me (mildly) of my own relationship.

The kids are funny, they treat each other with kindness, and without the horror aspect of it, I can picture King and his family in Maine because of this book.

Overall Thoughts

Listen, this isn’t even close to my favorite King book, but it is the fastest I’ve ever made it through one of his novels. It was so well written and the plot was so interesting I burned through this at an incredible rate. Church weirded me out a little, but Gage was terrifying. This isn’t horror in the sense that it was so unbelievably scary – it was horror in the sense that if this actually happened to me, I can’t imagine making it out alive if the events of this novel happened to me!

Like I said, I can’t wait to watch the film versions now that I’ve finally read the book.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Let’s talk!

What’s your favorite King book? I am a new reader of his work, so let me know your favorites so I can add them to my list!

Book Review | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Last year, I mistakenly ordered Still Me as one of my Book of the Month selections. I say “mistakenly” because at that time I didn’t know it was the third book in a series. When I finally realized my mistake, I headed over to Amazon and picked up a copy of Me Before You and After You so that I’d be ready to read Still Me when the time came.

I decided to grab Me Before You around mid-month because I’d been reading a lot of light hearted and fun books throughout the month of February and I, surprisingly, wanted a break from YA at this point in the month.

I have many thoughts on the book so let’s get started.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Mental Health

The first thing I’d like to discuss is the mental health situation surround Will. Obviously he isn’t happy with his life. And how could he be? I mean, he went from being on top of the world – travelling and living his life to the fullest – to being bound to his chair and house. I understand how that could be depressing.

What I didn’t like is how the depression was handled in this book. I thought, without giving any spoilers, it could have been handled a bit better. I didn’t necessarily dislike the use of mental health in this book, but I didn’t like that Jojo Moyes basically made it seem like living life in a chair wasn’t worth living.

One more time, I understand that this is how someone who lead an active life before a life changing accident would likely feel, but I would have thought the Traynor’s could afford to send Will to speak with a therapist after his attempted suicide. This would have helped alter my view, if slightly, on the mental health in this story.

Supporting Characters

Look, Louisa is obviously my favorite. She’s sarcastic and sassy and a character who leapt off the page at me. I really like her and could see myself being friends with a person like her. She also has kindness in her from being raised by a really wholesome family.

For the most part, I liked the supporting characters. Even Will’s mom wasn’t that bad. Do you know who I hated? Patrick. Seriously, fuck that guy.

As Lou’s boyfriend of nearly 7 years, you’d think they’d be engaged or at least living together. No chance. Patrick is married to working out – which is fine. Do you, Patrick. Just don’t get pissy pants when your girl starts to drift away from you. Also don’t be a prick to a man in a wheelchair just because you’re jealous that he’s obviously way better than you.

Basically, Lou could do better than Patrick. Rant over.

On to Lou’s family. I loved her father. He reminded me so much of my own dad it was nuts! The way he teases Lou is exactly the way my dad teases my sister and me. I loved him. And Lou’s mom was the kind of mom I strive to be – loving, nurturing, and kind. Treena was kind of bitchy and gave off the vibe of older sister (even though she’s younger). I think this is because she’s got a child of her own, but I still liked her. She kept it real with Lou which is what she needed.

That Ending

I’m gonna be up front with you here. I was furious at the end of this novel. Literally, I was so pissed I couldn’t even feel anything but rage. I can’t go much into details here because my mother in law reads this blog and I don’t want to give spoilers since I know she wants to read this book… If you have read Me Before You you know why I’m mad.

Honestly, when it’s all said and done I quite enjoyed this book. It was a heart wrenching love story that I didn’t know was missing from my life. Even though I was mad about how it ended, I recommend it to romance lovers. It’s not a hardcore, smutty romance story, but the love is there and it’s so strong.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Have you watched the film adaptation of Me Before You? Is it worth watching or is it really different from the book? Tell me how you felt while reading this book in the comments.