Cons: I abhor stupid people; semi-weak bad guy motivation
The Bottom Line: Hi, I have a stalker who has a telltale mark - but it's okay. I won't call the police. *cue exaggerated eye roll*
My third Fear Street book today. Does that make me a sad, sad person?
R.L. Stine has been blessed with a long streak of publications for young adults. Horror/thriller novels are his forte. The younger kids go nuts over Goosebumps (or at least, they did when I was still in junior high), whereas us more sophisticated folk (ok, I hated Goosebumps and accidentally stumbled upon Fear Street) opt for something less kiddish. More grisly. Scarier. Fear Street.
At least, thats what we tell ourselves.
By my calculations (and with my information), Stine has written at the very least 100 Fear Street connected books. Thats 100 bad things happening in Shadyside. Murders. Crazies. Ghosts. Destruction. All around mayhem. Nice town.
The story this time surrounds a girl who actually does live on Fear Street (as they are few and far between). Selena, a talented actress who dominates every play shes ever been in. Selena means moon, and one night after a performance, she finds a bouquet of dead roses in her locker, along with a note from someone claiming to be The Sun.
Haha, very funny. Moving on except Selena cant quite do that. More and more notes and presents are coming in from The Sun, and then bad things start happening to good people. Is her stalker going Phantom of the Opera on her? Or perhaps The Sun is the kind that needs to terminate the fixation...
Well, it would have been good, if it hadnt been average and semi-disappointing. The good thing is that you wont guess who The Sun is. The bad thing is that once you do, it doesnt quite work. The motivation is weak, and the explanation about the letters and such makes for a weak connection, one that almost doesnt make sense. Theres also a spot where The Sun could have easily had Selena dead, but apparently forewent the pleasure. Why? To wait for opening night? No, wait, considering the explanation given, that doesnt make sense either. To scare her? Ok, that works better, but still...
I realize that if Selena calls the police, the jig might be up and we wouldnt have a book. But theres also the easy explanation that the police couldnt do anything because, after all, they are Shadyside police, and Shadyside police are stupid and ineffective. Still, it would have made me feel better. I mean, come on. Nasty dead flowers - ok, dismiss as a really weird joke. Creepy incident #2 call the cops. Creepy incident #3 call the cops (either for the first time if you were too stupid to after incident #2 or again). Creepy incident #4 call the cops again. Continue doing so until they believe you or someone gets caught. But noooooo, Selena has to get all Nancy Drew and figure it out on her own and makes, uh, zero progress the entire book. Oh, and by the way please either smack Danny in the face or get a restraining order on that dude. Dang, does Shadyside have some clingy guys or what?
A decent book, could have been better. Characters were okay when they werent annoying. It was pretty good (aside from dumb actions) leading up to the end. Good misdirection, but poor use of it. Nice try. Next!
My Books Info: Price: The spine says $3.99 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN: 0671894293 Format: Paperback Pages: 145 Date Published: 1996 Cover Art: Bill Schmidt