Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

Book - 2017
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It's 1974 when 12-year-old Gwendy Peterson is offered a magic box by a man named Richard Farris, whom she meets at the top of one of the cliffside Suicide Stairs in Castle Rock, Maine. Farris seems to know just who Gwendy is and what she wants. Eight buttons grace the mahogany box he offers to Gwendy, and a lever dispenses silver dollars and intricate chocolates that Farris claims will help Gwendy lose weight and escape being called “Goodyear” by her classmates. Lose weight she does, but that's not all. Wonderful things keep happening in Gwendy's life, and she's happier than she's ever been. But when she decides to press one of the buttons, the consequences are horrendous.
Publisher: Forest Hill, Maryland :, Cemetery Dance Publications,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781587676109
Branch Call Number: FICTION KIN
Characteristics: 171 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Chizmar, Richard T. - Author

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kowale
Oct 22, 2017

While it's obvious that King just added his name to this novel to boost sales, I found it an enjoyable read. I was disappointed with its length. With a large font size and huge margins (plus a lot of blank space) it's really not even a novella, but more on the order of a short story. Odd, since I borrowed it and did not purchase it, but I still felt a bit cheated. :-/

It has put Chizmar on my radar, though, and I am thankful for that.

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ErinElaine
Sep 28, 2017

Stephen King's name caught my eye, so I threw "Gwendy's Button Box" into our bag of books to be borrow. It's a quick read though it touches on issues like coming-of-age, growing pains, secrets, friends, enemies, & family. Now that we've read this brand new Castle Rock novella, we'll look into Richard Chizmar's other books.

ETurnb Sep 25, 2017

I guess I could say I enjoyed the journey more than the destination. This was an exciting read, and I couldn't put it down. It had a strong, conceptually-intriguing beginning, which set up some pretty high expectations for the rest of the story. Unfortunately, the climax just didn't deliver on those high expectations, and I was left a little disappointed. It's still worth a read if you're a Stephen King fan, but don't go into it with high expectations.

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callyd
Sep 25, 2017

Read the comments....really, I thought this book was horrible. If I had paid money for it - I would want my money back. Thank goodness for the library. Just because it has Stephen King on it doesn't make it special.

KateHillier Sep 04, 2017

This was a one sit read and I really enjoyed it. It's the sort of thing that only Stephen King could come up with but it was just a little bit more like a pulpy mystery than usual - I assume that's his cowriter's influence. I liked it anyway.

Gwendy is singled out by a strange man, at age 12, to be the keeper of a button box. The button box seems to bring a whole lot of good to her life but with that comes a responsibility that she doesn't truly understand, I don't think ever really does. She's an ordinary girl given an extraordinary and vague task but she does only what is in her own nature - and that's all that can be said for any of us.

As much as it was unsettling I still find myself smiling after the experience. Fantastic, quick, read.

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JEM_LPL
Aug 02, 2017

"Gwendy's Button Box" is basically an update to Richard Matheson's short story "Button, Button", which is itself an update of the classic "The Monkey's Paw". While Kings' fan will enjoy his trademark writing style, there's no dramatic tension, because the protagonist, Gwendy Peterson, is the proverbial Mary Sue. She has no faults, she has no temptations, she has no burdens; she's so unrealistic that many readers may end up disliking her for her sheer perfection. A more nuanced protagonist and a more detailed antagonist would have resulted in a longer, far more interesting novel. As it is, the good girl is better than good, the bad guy is badder than bad. As Oscar Wilde said "The good end happily, and the bad unhappily; that's why it is called fiction."

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JILLYJELLY
Jul 24, 2017

Excellent read from one of America's National Treasures. I wasn't feeling well so cozied up with this on a Sunday afternoon and it took me away. Great "quickie" read.

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RobertC65
Jun 29, 2017

I truly enjoyed this great book by Stephen King, including a lead character with her own sense of morals and the price one pays for the rewards that follow throughout her life. Suspenseful and sinister-a fantastic modern fable.

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singalonggal
Jun 21, 2017

One of the best parts of a Stephen King title is the "Dear Constant Reader" message he writes just to ME, a friendly bonus of information on what he was thinking as he wrote that particular book. Alas, there was NO Dear Constant Reader message in Gwendy's Button Box. Sigh.

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