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The Body

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During their journey they experience the full spectrum of human emotion and come out of the journey a little different, a little more mature.

Gordie Lachance and his three friends set off along the railway tracks on a quest, determined to become famous by officially finding the boy’s body.I'm not sure, I might pick them up eventually, but I mainly came here for the two most famous and beloved ones. The Body is special, though, because it is so of summer, and what it means to kids: King’s kid characters here are spot-on, and he inhabits the spirit of childhood a’la Ray Bradbury. Gordie Lachance is both the presumptive protagonist and the ‘author’ of this story, a flashback piece penned when he was much older. Chico knows that his stepmother Virginia slept with his brother before he died, but he hesitates to tell his father about it.

His desire to get away from Castle Rock and out of the mill's shadow seemed to me to be my best part, and I could not just leave him to sink or swim on his own. In spite of abuse from his father, taunts from his classmates and distrust from teachers and school counselors, he manages to be successful with help from Gordie. Since then, King has refused his fans' requests to read their manuscripts for advice; King has explained that he is concerned that there may be further accusations of plagiarism. While they play poker, Vern Tessio bursts in with exciting news: he informs his three friends that he has overheard his older brother Billy talking with his friend Charlie Hogan, about the location of the corpse of Ray Brower, a boy from Chamberlain, a town 40 miles or so east of Castle Rock, who has gone missing, while going out to pick blueberries with one of his mother's pails. But nothing will ever be quite the same way as it had been when you were twelve years old and had all your life in front of you.

I was reminded a lot of IT- not because anything in the book was all that scary, but just because the boys seemed like they were doing a lot of the same things. During the course of their journey, Gordie, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio come to terms with death and the harsh truths of growing up in a small factory town that doesn’t offer much in the way of a future. The older kids decided not to report it because they didn't want to get in trouble for their own mischief. The novella also deals with the low prospects the kids face from growing up in a small factory town. This is a story of four boys on the brink of adolescence; the last moments of childhood told with occasional almost Bradbury-esque nostalgia but with the rose-tinted glasses mercilessly torn off.

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