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Secret Admirer

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A book by R. L. Stine

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Author: R. L. Stine
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date Published: December 27, 2005
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Fear Street Reviews: Secret Admirer

  • Dec 30, 2006
Rating:
+1
Pros: You won't see it coming

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, that’s what we tell ourselves.

By my calculations (and with my information), Stine has written at the very least 100 Fear Street connected books. That’s 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 she’s 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 can’t 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 hadn’t been average and semi-disappointing. The good thing is that you won’t guess who The Sun is. The bad thing is that once you do, it doesn’t quite work. The motivation is weak, and the explanation about the letters and such makes for a weak connection, one that almost doesn’t make sense. There’s 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 doesn’t 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 wouldn’t have a book. But there’s also the easy explanation that the police couldn’t 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 weren’t annoying. It was pretty good (aside from dumb actions) leading up to the end. Good misdirection, but poor use of it. Nice try. Next!

NT


My Book’s Info:
Price: The spine says $3.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc.
ISBN: 0671894293
Format: Paperback
Pages: 145
Date Published: 1996
Cover Art: Bill Schmidt

Fear Street Series
The New Girl
The Surprise Party
The Overnight
Missing
The Wrong Number
The Sleepwalker
Haunted
Halloween Party
The Stepsister
Ski Weekend
The Fire Game
Lights Out
The Secret Bedroom
The Knife
The Prom Queen
The Cheater
Sunburn
The Dare
Bad Dreams
Double Date
The Thrill Club
One Evil Summer
The Mind Reader
Wrong Number 2
Truth or Dare
Dead End
Final Grade
Switched
College Weekend
The Stepsister 2
What Holly Heard
The Perfect Date
The Confession
Killer's Kiss
All-Night Party
Cat
Fear Hall: The Beginning
Fear Hall: The Conclusion
Who Killed the Homecoming Queen?
Into the Dark
Trapped

Fear Street Super Chillers
Party Summer
Broken Hearts
The Dead Lifeguard
Bad Moonlight
The New Year’s Party
High Tide
Goodnight Kiss
Goodnight Kiss 2
Silent Night
Silent Night 2
Silent Night 3
Cheerleaders – The New Evil

Fear Street Cheerleaders
The First EvilThe Second EvilThe Third Evil

99 Fear Street: The House of Evil
The First HorrorThe Second HorrorThe Third Horror

Fear Park
The First ScreamThe Loudest ScreamThe Last Scream

The Fear Street Saga
The BetrayalThe SecretThe Burning

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