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The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel

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The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel

R.L. Stine is back with another one of his Fear Street series! R.L. Stine is famous for writing some of the bestselling children’s books such as the Goosebumps series. In each and every horror book he writes, Stine does not fail to do what the book was meant to do, which is to take the readers on a thrilling ride which will have them frightened and make their hearts race, and, most importantly, scream.

"Captures R.L. Stine’s writing style perfectly with the inclusion of a spooky mystery, death, spells and more, making this the perfect book for fans of his Fear Street collection...."

THE DEAD BOYFRIEND holds up very well against all of R.L. Stine’s other books. In this book, a young girl’s boyfriend just won’t stay dead. This novel tells the story of Caitlyn through a diary form explaining how she falls in love with a boy named Blade. Her friends warned her --- in fact, they repeatedly told her she was moving too fast with Blade. However, Caitlyn didn’t listen. Instead, she fell in love with Blade --- hard. With all the romance between Blade and Caitlyn, one would have expected a perfect love story. But that wasn’t the case. Instead, Blade was caught two-timing by Caitlyn, after he ditched their date with the excuse of an emergency (typical guy, right?).

Here readers might expect some sort of break-up drama, but once again that isn’t the case. That same night, Blade’s life comes to an end with Caitlyn standing there with her pocket knife covered in blood. Was it Caitlyn who killed Blade? Did she completely lose it? Or was it her…but not her?

THE DEAD BOYFRIEND is a novel written as Caitlyn’s diary, but she is not the only main character in the book. There is one other girl, named Deena Fear, who is from the Fear family, a scary family who is rumored to know spells. Deena plays an important role in this novel. She claims that Blade had cheated both of them (Caitlyn and herself). That’s why he had to die. However, if he deserved to die and is dead, then why does Caitlyn see him at a party, wearing the same red hoodie as the night of his death, staring directly at her?

After the death of Blade, Caitlyn finds herself stricken with grief and seeing Blade everywhere; even following her. Her outbursts cause her family and friends to think she needs help, but she pretends she is okay, while slowly going insane on the thought that Blade was back to haunt her.

THE DEAD BOYFRIEND has a great plot, illustrating how teenage love can go murderously wrong. R.L. Stine’s typical twists and horror is definitely seen here, however, I just had one concern. If a boy had been stabbed, why was there not a thorough police investigation conducted? However, besides that, this book captures R.L. Stine’s writing style perfectly with the inclusion of a spooky mystery, death, spells and more, making this the perfect book for fans of his Fear Street collection and those who enjoy an overall easy read that will have them intrigued.

Lastly, some of the lines from his book are just so great and are able to send chills to your body such as, “Blood spurting like a bright fountain (page 78). Fans of R.L. Stine and horror books should definitely give this book a go!

Reviewed by Nikita V., Teen Board Member on September 30, 2016

The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel
(A Fear Street Novel #5)
by R. L. Stine

  • Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Horror, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250058953
  • ISBN-13: 9781250058959