Thursday, August 25, 2016
ARC Review: The Dead Boyfriend by R.L. Stine
R.L. Stine's Fear Street series is back, and in The Dead Boyfriend, he tells the frightening tale of teenage love - and how it can go terribly, murderously wrong.
Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead - and she has killed him.
But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?
Terrifying from the first page to the last, The Dead Boyfriend is a heart-racing young adult novel from the master of teen screams himself.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).
R.L. Stine was one of my favorite authors as a kid. My favorite series by him was definitely the Fear Street Cheerleaders series. When I heard that he rebooted the Fear Street series for a new generation, I really wanted to give it a try. It turns out that I loved it just as much as when I was a kid, which surprised me. As an adult, I usually have a hard time getting into children's books.
From the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. R.L. Stine created an interesting character in Caitlin. She was likable, and easy to relate to. The instalove between her and Colin was really annoying and unbelievable. That's the only thing that I hated about the book.
I loved everything else about The Dead Boyfriend. Caitlin's best friends were great. I enjoyed the relationship between the three of them. I also enjoyed Deanna Fear. She was creepy, mysterious, and the perfect villain. I hope she appears in more Fear Street novels.
At first I was skeptical about R.L. Stine rebooting his Fear Street series, but I liked it just as much as the original, if not more so. Although I don't recommend reading it before bed. I had some really weird dreams after reading the casket scene. Not scary dreams, just weird. The ending was a bit confusing because he left it open ended. I really hope that means he's writing a sequel. I would love more of these characters. I recommend The Dead Boyfriend for adults and kids alike.
I give The Dead Boyfriend: 4/5.
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I received this eARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.