Book: Fairy Tale
Author: Stephen King
This is my 93rd read for the year
This is the story of Charlie. A young kid who had a hard childhood. His mother was tragically killed in an accident and his dad became an alcoholic because of it. Charlie got in with a friend who he became defiant, and deviant with. Once his dad turned his life around, things started to get better for Charlie as well. One day while walking home, he came across an older gentleman whose dog had alerted that the gentleman - Mr. Bowditch - had fallen. Charlie helped and stayed with the dog - Radar -until Mr. Bowditch can get home from the hospital. Charlie quickly falls in love with the aging dog, and continues to help Mr. Bowditch and Radar once Mr. Bowditch is home. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he lives Charlie much more than a wonderful dog, and this leads Charlie on an adventure he never imagined. In his quest to save Radar, he unlocks a world he never could have imagined.
This was an okay book. As you all know, I am a big fan of Stephen King, and usually try to tackle all of his books. This one started out strong. The first third of the book was off to a great start. The story of Charlie and what he did for Radar and Mr. Bowditch is something I would like to see from all teenagers. But once Mr. Bowditch dies and the "adventure" begins for Charlie the book just got.....boring. It was the slowest burn, and it really never got to a point when I wanted to see how it was going to end. I know this was a different genre for him -fantasy vs. horror. And maybe that was part of it? King is a literary god, and so it pains me to not like one of his novels.
I sadly cannot recommend this one.