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Perfect Date

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A book by R. L. Stine

Brady is getting over the gruesome accident that took his girlfriend's life. Now he's met Rosha Nelson, and he's never been happier. Then Brady begins to see a strange figure following him everywhere and horrible accidents start happening … see full wiki

Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Fitzgerald Books
Date Published: January 01, 2007
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Fear Street Reviews: The Perfect Date

  • Oct 26, 2006
Pros: Good lead up

Cons: Everything else

The Bottom Line: Is this another crazy person story?

I could say, “If you don’t know who R.L. Stine is by now, then too bad.” However, I can’t exactly do that considering this series has no real order. You can skip around all you like and it wouldn’t make any sort of difference. In which case I have to let the newcomer know: R.L. Stine is the author of this whole series of Fear Street books, along with the Goosebumps series. These books are geared toward the young adult; junior high and high school kids. I don’t even know if R.L. Stine is still pumping them out or not, but I know there are a lot more than my mere 57.

Fear Street is just that – a street. Located in a town by the name of Shadyside, icky things happen there. Weird stuff lives in the woods. Murders abound, accidental deaths are a common occurrence, and there are even a few ghosts lingering about now and then. But the residents of Shadyside take it all in stride. Guess they like to pretend they’re not all cursed. I mean, hey, they might as well be. How many Shadyside High students have bit the dust?

Brady’s girlfriend Shannon is one of those students. Horrible sledding accident. Yes, I said sledding accident. But it’s another winter and Brady is over it. Has a girlfriend, normal life, enjoys pizza…actually, he’s busy eating one when he sees her. A beautiful girl named Rosha. She’s perfect in every way – especially in the department of liking Brady. Brady is on cloud nine – until random ugly incidents start happening. And it always seems like when something goes wrong, he spots another girl nearby, a girl with a freakishly scarred face. So what’s the deal? Is there something wrong with Rosha? Or is that just what everyone else wants him to think?

I remembered three things about this book; sledding accident, specialty names, and a bad ending. The overall feeling of this book when I got it out was, “I remember thinking this one had a lame ending…” but I didn’t recall what it was.

You’d think the book has promise, but really once you get to the end&#133.no. Bad. I guess it’s supposed to be some kind of major twist, maybe Stine was going for the shock factor. I don’t know. What I do know is that if this were a movie people would either end up walking out or demanding their money back, or watching it to be amused. Even when you get to the climax, it’s so unexpected and at the same time so ludicrous you start thinking there’s got to be some kind of deus ex machina thing going on. Someone has to be nuts. Someone has to be dreaming. In a mental institution. Hallucinating. Something. But no such luck. Even afterward there is no explanation. No rhyme or reason to why the situation was able to occur or why Brady was able to mosey away from everything in his condition. I know; Fear Street right? Well we’re not on Fear Street, the characters are not in a place that’s been affected by Fear Street (and if they are, we are never informed), so even within those Twilight Zone-like limits, I can’t let this slide.

The repetition. Ah, the repetition. For any newcomer, the deal is this: R.L. Stine has a tendency to repeat phrases one right after the other. Usually short, and they’re usually the same throughout all the books. A perfect example? “So cold.” God only knows how many times I’ve seen this phrase. More than I’ve ever encountered in my past lifetime I’m sure. It got really out of hand on the final page. And it wasn’t even a full page, either! It was a half a page, and do you know how many “so cold” phrases were on there? Five. Three of those were right next to each other: “…I’m so cold, Allie. So cold. So cold.” I’m “so sick” of hearing it.

So why doesn’t this book have two stars if it’s so bad? The buildup to the climax was great. Brady’s totally spazzing out over Rosha, nice and slightly obsessed. You go along with him, wanting to know more about her and the scarred girl. Sucked right in. And you really don’t have a clue on what’s going on. Though I couldn’t remember the details of the ending, whodunit and all that jazz, I was pretty into the story, trying to remember or doing whatever I could to work it out in my mind. You’ll never guess, which means the book will keep you on your toes. It’s good…just that the ending is a big flop.

I still think the title could be different too. But then it’s sort of hard to fit a title to this story once you know the full deal…


My Book’s Info:
Price: The spine says $3.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc.
ISBN: 0671894307
Format: Paperback
Pages: 147
Date Published: 1996
Cover Art: Bill Schmidt

Fear Street Series
The New Girl
The Surprise Party
The Overnight
The Wrong Number
The Sleepwalker
Halloween Party
The Stepsister
The Secret Bedroom
The Cheater
Bad Dreams
Double Date
Wrong Number 2
College Weekend
The Stepsister 2


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