The “Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” centers on the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland, whose Saturday afternoon becomes an eight day nightmare when Trisha gets lost in the woods. Still recovering from her parents’ divorce, Trisha feels invisible every time she is around her mother, Quilla, and her brother, Pete. Quilla and Pete argue all the time since she moved the kids away from their previous home and schoolmates after the divorce. In the beginning of the novel, Trisha feels ignored by her mom and brother, who intensely argue as they walk along the hiking trail and even don’t notice Trisha. They don’t hear when she asks for a drink or that she needs to go to the bathroom. Irritated, Trisha decides to take vengeance on them by stepping off the trail. She happily pictures the look of worry on their faces when they notice that she is not there.
But Trisha’s plan turns into a disaster when realizes she has gone too far off the trail, and can’t find her way back. Before her mom and brother notice that she is gone, Trisha went away for several miles. When it begins to get dark, Trisha accepts that she is lost, and must rely on her own resources to survive.
But Trisha is not all alone. Her imagination evokes a friendly image of her hero Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon. Tom Gordon is an excellent role model for a girl lost in the woods. He is always cool under pressure. Tom has another quality that helps Trisha to get through her ordeal: faith in God.
With the faith of Tom Gordon heling her through her darkest hours, Trisha realizes that she, too, has ice water in her veins. She gathers her courage and faith to survive hunger, loneliness, and the threat posed by an unknown creature which follows her through the forest. In the end, Trisha saves herself, as well as her family, with whom she is reunited. The crisis brings her family closer together, and Trisha learns that no matter what circumstances are, she can stand up to them.
The main theme of the novel is man against the nature. Since the occurrence of a man people tested themselves against nature, and since the occurrence of literature, writers have written about this eternal struggle. Stephen King has slightly changed the original idea, putting a little girl against the nature, rather than a grown-up man. In order to survive Trisha must gather her courage and maturity many adults do not possess. In the woods, all of the advantages people we have gotten as a species from our civilization disappear, and a person is left with nothing but themselves, their strength and determination to see them through.
The “Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” centers on the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland, whose Saturday afternoon becomes an eight day nightmare when Trisha gets lost in the woods. Still recovering from her parents’ divorce, Trisha feels invisible every time she is around her mother, Quilla, and her brother, Pete.