Goodreads Synopsis: Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.
In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.
While I did enjoy reading this book I am still very salty about the fact that it won last year’s Goodreads Choice Award for Horror. It’s not a fucking horror novel! It should not be categorized as such, it should never have been nominated! It’s not even remotely creepy, scary or horrifying! Just because it was written by Stephen King does not mean that it just automatically goes into the horror genre, the guy’s allowed to write in other genres.
Now that I have that off my chest I get on with my actual review.
Elevation is a surprisingly heart-warming story about a man who is mysteriously loosing weight, but remaining visibly the same. Scott, our main character, is just an average Joe going through life as normally as he can. Scott is nothing new as far as straight white male characters go, he’s bland but likeable. He’s trying to solve the problem of his weight loss, and also make friends with his new neighbors.
The story itself is relatively short, and set in a small town that could be any town in America. This story is about friendship and bringing people together. It was not at all what I was expecting but by the end I found myself liking the story. There’s something to be said about just reading a friendship story now and again.
If you’re looking for a brilliant book, or a book that has something new to say, this is not what you want. If you just want an easy happy read, this is for you. In the end I gave Elevation four stars on Goodreads.