Cons: Semi-expected twist; bad delivery of said twist
The Bottom Line: Could have been better, could have been worse.
Welcome to Fear Street, a series and place where evil abounds and mad people thrive. Its all R.L. Stines fault. Maybe if he hadnt felt the urge to create young adult horror/thrillers, some characters would still be alive today.
For years Delia and Karina have competed against each other. Always trying to top the other in some way. The two can get pretty extreme sometimes. This year, theyre vying for the Conklin Award and hot, studly Vincent. But this time it seems someone is going overboard. Nasty little things keep happening to Delia and it looks like Karina is behind it all. She cant be that messed up can she?
Hmm. Conklin Award does that have anything to do with Amanda Conklin from One Evil Summer? ...Is it sad that I remember that?
This book was five stars until it got to the ending and the so-called twist. First off, I was able to guess the twist early on because of the way Stine wrote a certain section. Later on my guess solidified because there were just too many pages left for the book to be over and left at that. There was going to be a revelation from the real bad guy somewhere. But its not even a good revelation. No clues lead up to it, no slipups of the real killer. No, instead the person just blabs it all to someone else, chitchatting away all the secrets for no reason at all. I dont chalk it up to psychosis, I just cant. Everything was done so calmly and precisely, I just dont see the person (even if they are sick in the head) suddenly having a Scooby Doo moment and explaining every little thing. It just made no sense. No sense whatsoever. Bad form Stine.
And a glutton for punishment annoys me as well. I grasp it was all done on purpose, but Delia is a smart girl. If she realized what Vincent was doing, she should have just said, Ok, fine, you can go ahead and have his cheating, lying butt. Thats a real winner there. Have fun. I mean, when you find out who this guy has been sneaking out with...ew. Thats just gross man. But instead she still thinks hes worth having. Fine, youre dumb. Go away.
The book was good until the end. Its bad enough that I have to take away a star and a half to leave it with 3.5. It could have wound up a lot better, Im sure. I even have an idea that would spruce it up. Its too bad though. Stine did a good job here and had a lot of great ideas and nice detailing, plenty of red herrings, etc. And it would have worked if it hadnt been for those darn kids! Er, I mean...yeah. Heheh.
My Books Info: Price: The spine says $3.99 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN: 0671529609 Format: Paperback Pages: 149 Date Published: 1997 Cover Art: Bill Schmidt