Published by HarperTeen on August 25, 2020
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.
Here is what I thought
I think I will start this by saying that even though some plot points felt YA, I personally don’t feel that the book was for a YA audience. The gore and violence in this book felt very much more adult as I have read plenty of YA horror and they were nothing like this. So know that going in and if you don’t like that kind of thing you might not enjoy this one.
I liked Clown in a Cornfield but it did have it’s issues that I am sure were more because of my personal taste than the book itself.
Quinn and her father move to a small town for a fresh start after her mother dies in a very embarrassing way. Quinn is not sure if moving from Philly the small little town of Kettle Springs, Missouri (I was so excited for book set in Mo.!), but she tries not to give her father to much of a hard time.
She finds out real quick that the dynamics between the younger generation and the older generation are pretty intense as on her first day of school she gets kicked out of class alongside the ‘cool’ kids because she giggled at the craziness of it all. That gets her in with that sect of kids and puts a mark on her back.
The group has been planning to have a party on a farm where the owners are gone. It’s in the middle of a cornfield and away from town it’s going to happen after Founders Day. The thing is is they play a prank on Founders Day that pretty much sets off the older generation. You could say it was that one last thing that ticks them off.
Anyway, while they are at this party a crazed killer dressed up as Frendo (the town’s mascot) starts picking off the kids one by one and it’s pretty much your normal slasher, until the twist. 🙂 It’s the twist that makes part of this feel like a YA novel because it’s really a typical twist that I should have seen coming. After that it turns less slasher and into something else but still a decent read.
I feel a bit like small rural towns are being attacked in books! Seeing I live in a small town there was some things that were kind of political that ticked me off a bit. So that is one of my personal reasons for not giving it 4 stars. It’s also why I feel that since not everyone will have my opinion they will enjoy it more than I did.
I didn’t really care for most of the characters and for a horror that is fine because then if they get killed I don’t care. I really did like Quinn though and I liked how she was so protective of her father. She doesn’t give him a hard time about the move and other things because he is having just as hard of a time as she is with how things went with her mother. I think the other character I liked a bit was Rust, he was your basic small town hick and that is probably why I liked him. He had a gun rack with full of guns and it was a good thing…lol.
Overall, I thought it was a fun horror novel but like I said before be careful about going into it if you’re not good with violence and gore. I am talking about crossbow kills, decapitations, chainsaws, hatchet and about anything else you might be able to take someone down with. You have been warned.Stormi enjoyed parts of Clown in a Cornfield but not all of it so it gets 3 stars! Fun slash type horror. Click To Tweet