Book Review: Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare


Title: Clown in a Cornfield

Author: Adam Cesare

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Number of Pages: 346

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: YA Thriller, Slasher


Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In this YA thriller, we follow Quinn Maybrook as she tries to cope with the loss of her mother in a new (and small and quite boring) town called Kettle Springs. She meets a set of new friends who just wants to have fun and enjoy their senior year. But the adults doesn’t seem to like the new generation…

The book started out a bit slow and I kept falling asleep in the few chapters, but as soon as the killer clown appeared, the story picked up and I really had fun reading it. I mean, the slasher part did not disappoint! Bodies kept dropping at every turn of the page, it’s crazy.

I have to admit that it’s kind of predictable at some point, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is YA and I am not actually part of the target audience. But I did enjoy reading this and it’s very atmospheric. The cornfield, the killer clown, and teen parties is such a perfect Halloween vibe.

Overall, it was such a fun time and I highly recommend it if you love slashers! Can’t wait to read book two!


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