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Devin Jones (Male), College student, Spending the summer working at an amusement park; becomes friends with a young boy who is dying; falls in love with the boy's mother
Coming of age
Theme parks
College students
Young men
Search for happiness
Serial killers
North Carolina - South (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

In King's (The Shining) 1970s-set novel, New England college student Devin Jones's girlfriend takes a summer job out of town, so he leaves himself, landing a summer job at Joyland, a small amusement park in North Carolina. The story weaves a series of unsolved murders with the whispers of a ghost story, some teenage angst, suicidal thoughts, mild depression, and the ever-present sexual urges of young adulthood. King deals with them all in this touching, tender story of a good young man whose innate kindness unwittingly touches the lives of many people. Joyland comes to life as King uses carny endearments and language that convey the flavor of the lifestyle. VERDICT Both Joyland the amusement park and Joyland the novel are pure fun. Highly recommended. ["This one's a must for King fans and may also attract YA readers," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Hard Case Crime: Titan hc, LJ 5/1/13.-Ed.]-Laura Brosie, Abilene, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Michael Kelly begins his rendition of King's engaging short novel sounding pleasantly satisfied, if wistful, with just a twinge of regret-precisely the mood of Devin Jones, the book's protagonist. Now in his 60s, Devin recalls the details of how he spent 1973, working as a "Happy Helper" at Joyland, a slightly seedy North Carolina amusement park where, several years before his arrival, a young girl was murdered on a ride called Horror House. Kelly follows King's lead in fashioning a proper voice for each and every character, creating a delightfully unpretentious and winning listening experience. With this performance, it seems as if Kelly is himself responding to the advice given to new carnival employees by the sweetly paternal Joyland director, Bradley Easterbrook: "Remember," the old man tells them, "you're here to sell fun." A Hard Case paperback. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A STUNNING  NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!<br> <br> The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!<br> <br> Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.<br> <br> "I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we're going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." - Stephen King
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