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Clown in a Cornfield

The evolution of social media has been fascinating. Nowadays, it’s all about sharing videos of ourselves engaging in silly dances or pranks. However, in Adam Cesare’s Clown in a Cornfield, we’re transported to a town that’s spiraling into madness following the loss of a child. 


In this horror young adult book, we follow Quinn Maybrook. She’s the new kid in town and wants to make it to graduation. When her father moved them to Kettle Springs, the last thing they expected was for the town’s mascot to be a clown. After the tragic death of Arthur Hill’s daughter, the city blamed the kids and their obsession with social media. It was the kids who almost burnt down the old factory after all. So what happens when the town’s mascot starts killing people? Who will win, and will anyone survive? How does Quinn and her father fit into all the town’s crazy?


First, I must say that a clown as a mascot for a town is crazy, and I would never move there; if I did, I would move away. This book opens with the death of Arthur’s daughter and how that impacted the town. I believe that starting this book this way is an excellent way for you to understand the effect of this girl’s death since this is a massive part of the book, and understanding that kind of helps you understand the townspeople’s views. Not that I think they were right. I found that this book was creepy and had parts that had me hooked. I enjoyed the survival aspect and the major twist in the end. I didn’t see that coming. I thought the social media aspect of the book felt true to the tech-savvy generation. I am not one of those people, but power to them. I am excited to see what’s in store for book two and, soon to be out, book 3. Seriously though, why a clown?