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Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel

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Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel

Everything in high school junior Lisa Brooks’s life is perfect: she has a caring family, a boyfriend and many friends. But one day, her life takes a turn for the worse --- her family gets into a horrible car accident. Though Lisa survives, her father does not, and her dog, who was in the car at the time of the accident, goes missing. Stressed by all the losses she has faced, Lisa starts having nightmares and hallucinations. Her counselor, Dr. Shein, suggests that she try to take her mind off of the accident by accepting an offer to babysit a little boy named Harry, who lives on Fear Street.

R.L. Stine is known for his ability to create amazing novels that stimulate fear within readers’ minds, and DON’T STAY UP LATE is no exception.

Lisa takes the job, but it comes comes with a serious warning --- Harry’s mother, Brenda, says that dangerous things will happen if her son stays up late. Lisa enjoys taking care of Harry, but she notices that after she puts him to sleep, a strange half human-half demon creature appears. After a series of murders occur near Brenda's home, Lisa tells Dr. Shein and the police about what she’s been seeing, but, because of her brain trauma, they don’t take her seriously. What happens when Harry stays up late? Are Lisa's demons just hallucinations? Or is there really something strange going on on Fear Street? 

R.L. Stine is known for his ability to create amazing novels that stimulate fear within readers’ minds, and DON’T STAY UP LATE is no exception. While the actual plot was not immensely scary, the possible reality of this story truly frightened me --- since it stemmed from a car accident, it could happen to just about anyone. Stine did a stellar job creating characters that seem like everyday people, as well as perfectly executing the book’s many plot twists. DON’T STAY UP LATE encompasses themes of loss, illness and trust, and even though the storyline progressed faster than I expected, it was still a very enjoyable read. After finishing the novel and knowing the circumstances in which the story took place, I desperately wanted to read it again.

In all, I highly recommend this book to any teens who are interested in horror or supernatural stories, as well as fans of Christopher Pike and H.P. Lovecraft. I am excited to see the rest of the new Fear Street series!

Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board member on March 23, 2015

Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel
(A Fear Street Novel #2)
by R. L. Stine