This is one of those books that is pretty close to a 5 star rating for me. I don’t believe in perfect books, I’ve said that before, but this book was a high 4 point something! It is by no means perfect – there are a few things that are a little lacking in places and there will be some people who will tear it apart, but you know what…fuck all that. I loved this book. It was SO MUCH FUN!
Honestly, Clown In A Cornfield was super surprising! I thought, going into the book, that I was getting a B-movie horror film but in book form – and I was HYPED for it! I mean, that’s kinda what I got too, but I got that and more!
Here’s the official blurb to give you a taste of wheat we’re looking at here:
“Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.
Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.
Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.”
I also did a video review – check it out if you want or just keep scrolling for the written review!
Ok, let’s jump back into my thoughts on the book!
Let’s start with the cover – firstly that font is too close to ‘Stranger Things’ for my own personal tastes. It’s not the author’s fault, at all. But I think if the designer is trying to capitalise on the popularity of Stranger Things then that’s not fair because they are going to mislead readers intentionally. This is because there are no similarities in themes or anything in Clown In A Cornfield to Stranger Things and this could lead to readers down-rating a book because they felt misled. So, yeah, there’s that.
Also, speaking of down-rating (before I jump back to the cover), some people might feel like this is a supernatural story, but it’s not in the slightest. So please know that before you go in, I’d hate for people to go in expecting one thing and then trashing the book. This is a slasher story! Nothing more, nothing less!
Ok, back to the cover; the graphics on the cover – I honestly can’t tell if I like it or not. There are times where I’m like THIS IS A PERFECT IMAGE! I LOVE IT! And there are times where I feel like it’s slightly too cheesy for the book. I mean, yeah, it’s kinda like a B-movie slasher film as a book, so it shouldn’t be taken too seriously anyway, but whatever.
Right, on to the book itself – it’s very self-aware, and that makes it a lot of fun to read! It’s like a hidden gem of a teen horror film in a book. Remember how good Scream was when it first came out (and still is now)? That’s how I feel about this book! I went into it expecting some cheesy, hokey fun and ended up with a really gripping and interesting story on top of all the cheese.
Here’s the format of the book in a nutshell: It starts off quite silly and fun but also quite slow. Then turns dark quickly, and then turns a lil Scooby Doo for the third and final act. Sure, that might sound bad – it’s honestly so difficult to describe this book without risk of spoilers, but let me just say that despite the format I had SO much fun reading this book! The slow start definitely leads to a payoff that’s worth it!
I loved the characters, even though they aren’t necessarily strongest in regards to the connections with the reader, but who cares because I loved the deaths. Yes, the characters die – and some are sudden and out of the blue – which just makes the whole thing seem more realistic and enjoyable. This book had a huge body count and I’m so grateful for it!
I liked the story (mystery side) and the characters a lot more than I thought I would. I got irritated by the characters I was supposed to, I loved the ones I was supposed to, I was surprised by the ones I was supposed to – you get the point.
This book had gore, suspense, mystery, funny moments, great dialogue, realistic characters and a slightly outlandish plot. Sure, the twist was delivered in a b-movie way but it’s just fun. Also, the reason for the killings was kinda flimsy/dumb when all is said and done, but meh. I’m here for fun. Clown In A Cornfield was bloody, gory fun and it was exactly the sort of thing that I was craving and it’ll be great for Halloween TBR’s. It’s honestly got entertainment value for days!
This’ll make a great film, and I’ve heard it’s being adapted already! So there’s that too! This should be a great hit for Halloween due to some great spooky vibes and it was SO. MUCH. FUN!
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