College student comes of age while working a summer job at a third-rate carnival. Told from the grown man's point of view looking back 40 years to that fateful summer, King's story masterfully blends youthful awkwardness and aspirations into 1970s carnival life. However, the murder of a young girl suddenly pops up well into the book. Solving the murder emerges as the apparent point of the book, but is in fact a distraction from the easygoing pace of the nostalgia-drenched coming-of-age story.
I honestly don't know how Mr King makes it seem so easy to make the characters so relatable in circumstances that are so bizarre. Michael Kelly's performance was excellent.
I've not looked at the print version, but I'm going to say absolutely. Michael Kelly conveyed the wonderment of working at an amusement park in the 70's and the mystery of what happened at Joyland perfectly. Not to mention the end of the book. It was so well executed I was fighting back tears.
When Jonsey met Annie and Michael and everything that happened from there.....the ending was absolutely a punch to the gut.
It's first person, so it better be the main character.
Easily one of the top 5 King books I've ever read, with an ending, that, maybe because I've got a special needs son I'm biased, I won't ever forget.
Engaging from start to finish. Well told with an old-fashioned intoxicating charm one you will read again.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Stephen King seldom disappoints. No disappointment here. A good mix of intrigue and melancholy. I really enjoyed the ending.