Cons: Easily could have been scarier - typical Stine style brings it down
The Bottom Line: With just a little more effort, this could have been a really freaky book...
Fear Street - Name of a young adult horror/thriller series by R.L. Stine, focusing on the town of Shadyside that contains a street by the same name. Site of many deaths, psychos, attempted murders, and supernatural phenomenon.
Shadyside not a bad place to visit, but you wouldnt want to live there. ...Oh who am I kidding, you wouldnt even want to visit.
Unlike poor Chelsea, who has just moved to Fear Street. At 15 she hasnt even had her first date yet and is fussy about her non-model appearance and her shyness. It seems to be a wonder when not one, but two boys ask her out! Theres just one itsy-bitsy, tiny, little problem. One of them is a serial killer and Chelsea doesnt even know it. This could prove to be a bad first date
A good book, and the scary part is that Im sure this sort of thing happens frighteningly often in real life. Some poor girl goes out on a date with a guy and he ends up killing her or something equally horrible and creepy. Ugh. And I put my full support behind Stines use of motive/psychosis for the killer. Also does not sound too unlike the real world. The end may take you for a loop unless you remain in denial like me, No, no, he could not have killed off her Though I sort of had different hopes for the end.
The red herring Stine attempts to throw in may only work for a few chapters, probably even less if you have been paying attention. As things progress, it becomes more of a red herring to Chelsea than the reader, and I was sort of hoping the non-serial killer guy would be the one to jump in and save her instead of doing the whole Im stuck at my house with a killer bit, as Stine does so often. Instead hes sort of an annoying jerk, rather than a sort of yay a good guy for Chelsea! moment. Theres a little of that at the very end, but I miss the days when guys saved girls. Is chivalry so dead?
At least there is very little of Stines repetition (though again we get to read so cold, so cold as I suppose no one ever bought Stine a thesaurus). I do wish Chelsea had been developed just a tad more, but you never really can expect Stines characters to ever get fully 3D. Thats just the way life is.
All in all, no major complaints. Could have been scarier, but its good enough for the 14-17-year-olds out there.
Dont know what Chelsea is complaining about anyway at 15. I wasnt even allowed to date until I was 16 and even now at 23 I cant remember any real first date I had meh. Whatever. At least I never dated any psychos (that I know of o_O)
My Books Info: (for once I got to handle a new one, as its from the library!) Price: The spine says $5.99 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN: 1416908196 Format: Paperback Pages: 165 Date Published: 1996 Cover Art: Sammy Yuen Jr.