When I was in first grade I was terrified after seeing the trailer for the movie version of this book (though, to be fair, this was largely due to a fifth grade girl spending the enter ride to and from school convincing me it was real after she overheard me telling a friend about it), so I figured it was high time I actually read it. I wasn’t disappointed, because it’s incredible. The movie would make you think it’s a story about a killer clown, which isn’t the case — It is actually about a town possessed, for hundreds of years, by something with a taste for kids and incredible acts of violence.
Bottom line: Read the book. Oh, and if you’re inclined to see the movie after you do, don’t — sure, it’s considered a classic, but it pales in comparison and it’s about 4 hours long.
#2 How Did You Get This Number?
by Sloane Crosley
I liked Sloane’s first collection of stories, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, quite a bit — I think it was mostly a time and place thing for me, as I found the stories in that collection very ‘New York’ — but I was ultimately disappointed in her follow up. Sure, the stories contain the same humor and wit that I liked about Cake, but just when things would start to get good she’d run off on a tangent.
Bottom line: There’s good to be found here, she has a tendency to ramble. Edit, girl!
#3 The Lover’s Dictionary
by David Levithan
I heard about this book on NPR on Valentines Day as I headed home. Levithan (co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) basically picked random words out of the dictionary in alphabetical order and wrote definitions for them, telling the story of a relationship. It plays out in non-chronological order and though it is told from a male perspective, the other half of the relationship’s gender is never stated, which I found to be a refreshing conceit — allowing the reader to even more clearly see his or her relationship on the page.
Bottom line: There are too many adjectives that I could use to describe this book, and all of them positive. It definitely joins the ranks of my other favorite book about love, On Love. Go buy it.