Joyland by Stephen King
4.5 Stars , Reviews / November 9, 2013

I have to admit, the cover for Joyland by Stephen King definitely helped lure me in. It is absolutely stunning. It also helps set the reader’s expectations for the retro amusement park setting that this book creates. I suppose other covers may do that, but this one really jumps out at me. And this one really sticks with me. Now, as much as I love the cover, I should probably talk about the book. Joyland is many things in a short novel. It is the story of first love, and the first heartbreak that inevitably goes with it. It is the story of finding your way and place in life. It is the story of recognizing and valuing everyday friends and people. It’s the story of life, love and death and whatever falls in between and possibly after. Pretty much, it is the story of growing up. The supernatural aspect to this book, while haunting, is in the background. As is the murder mystery that this story is told around. When it comes down to it, this is the story of Devin Jones as he finds himself and his way in life. He leaves school and his broken heart to…