One time when I was 12 or something, my cousin sister who’s three years older than me sent me a crate full of books and among them were two or three Goosebumps books. I had never even heard of Goosebumps, but the covers were so good that I just had to read them!
The first one I picked up and read was ‘Tick Tock, You’re Dead!’ from Give Yourself Goosebumps series. It was really good and I read it multiple times. In those books you had to make choices and based on your choices you would get one of 20 different endings! I read another one of those books but pretty soon I got bored of that format so I started reading the mainstream Goosebumps series.
I kept reading Goosebumps until I was about 15 and then it just suddenly became too childish for me. The books just didn’t provide me with that suspense and thrill which they used to earlier. So I had to stop reading them even though I didn’t want to. ( I know this doesn’t make sense but yeah) Here’s a picture of my goosebumps collection :
There’s this small hill station called Kasauli which is like a four hour drive from my place. I used to go there often ( I still do) and the library there had lots of Goosebumps books. But pretty soon I read all that they had and I found some other books of RL Stine which I had never heard about. I had found some Fear Street and The Nightmare Room books!
I started reading those then and read all that I could. This was last to last year. Nightmare Room felt similar to Goosebumps but when reading Fear Street I felt like I was reading Goosebumps for adults.
In Goosebumps and Nightmare Room books, mostly all the protagonists were 12 year olds but in Fear Street the protagonists were adults (or maybe 17 something ? ) I had only found three Fear Street books while I was there – Dead End, Party Summer and Ski Weekend. I wanted to read more of Fear Street but they weren’t available at any online site here in India.
A month ago, I found a Fear Street post on Buzzfeed and all that nostalgia came back. I really wanted to get some Fear Street books so I went to all the bookstores in the city that day but found none. The ones that I couldn’t go to, I called. No one had a single Fear Street book. Eventually, I ordered four from an online site in US.
1. Fear Street : The Wrong Number
It begins as an innocent prank, when Deena Martinson and her best friend Jade Smith make sexy phone calls to the boys from school. But Deena’s half-brother Chuck catches them in the act and threatens to tell their parents, unless the girls let him in on the fun. Chuck begins making random calls, threatening anyone who answers. It’s dangerous and exciting. They’re even enjoying the publicity, and the uproar they’ve caused. Until Chuck calls a number on Fear Street.
To his horror, Chuck realizes he has called THE WRONG NUMBER. The jokes are over when murder is on the line. The murderer knows who they are and where they live — and they have nowhere to call for help.
The theme of this book is really intriguing and that’s what made me buy the book but honestly it wasn’t that exciting. The twist was predictable and simple. This was my least favorite book of the four. It wasn’t really bad though and I’m still glad I bought it.
2. Fear Street : The Knife
Sshh. There are a lot of things they want to keep quiet at Shadyside Hospital. In fact, just about every private room holds a private secret of its own.
Poor Laurie Masters. The student volunteer innocently happened to stumble onto the hospital’s sickest secret of all.
Laurie has seen too much—and now the doctors and nurses are taking a close look at Laurie.
What they come up with is a deadly diagnosis. Laurie may not be sick, but she’s getting a prescription anyway—a prescription for horror!
I ordered this one because I’m sort of afraid of hospitals and so this would be fun to read. And I wasn’t dissapointed. The book was pretty good. The twist was okay and I saw this one coming too but otherwise there was a lot of suspense and the whole hospital theme was really well written.
3. Fear Street : Sunburn
You could get burned…
The perfect suntan. Soaking up the rays. Fun on the beach. That’s what Claudia Walker had in mind when she accepted her friend Marla’s invitation to spend the weekend at her cliffside beach house. Little did she know that horrible accidents—fatal accidents—would occur on the beach and in the house.
But Claudia knows they’re not “accidents.” She’s sure somebody is out to get them…out to kill them. The week of “fun in the sun” has turned dark and deadly!
The synopsis of this book doesn’t make it seem too exciting but I can tell you for sure that this wasn’t the case! This was a really fun to read book and I enjoyed reading. The twist in this one was really good and I totally did not see it coming. I’d say that this one is better than the previous two!
4. Fear Street : High Tide
Adam Malfitano still has nightmares about the night his girlfriend, Mitzi, died. He sees the blood. He sees her in the water. He is a lifeguard, and he can’t save her. He wakes up screaming. Even worse, he has begun to see Mitzi while he is awake. He knows it is impossible, but she looks so real. What does she want from him?
This setting in this one was again the beach. And like Sunburn, this one was really good too! The twist in this one was unpredictable and I enjoyed reading it. I still can’t decide whether I like this one more or Sunburn!
Even though I enjoyed reading all four of these books, I don’t know if I can recommend these. Part of the reason why I enjoyed them is because I’m a huge fan of RL Stine’s writing style. Plus these books had a nostalgia factor associated to them too. So, if you’re a fan of his books, check ’em out definitely!
Have you read any of RL Stine’s books ?