Author: R.L. Stine
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Received From: Raincoast Publications
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
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.
Thank you so much to Raincoast Publications for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
To start off, I have only ever read one other R.L. Stine novel, which was another book that is a part of this Fear Street Relaunch series. I rather enjoyed it, so I thought that this book would follow the same way.
First off, R.L Stine has a different type of writing style, which kind of frustrated me as the reader. It was as if everything was dumbed down in order for the reader to understand it. As well, the story is written as if the main character, Caitlin, is writing in her diary, yet the writing does not play it like that. Often time, the situations that were occurring seemed as thou, it was happening right then, not a retelling that was being written in a diary.
Not to mention, Caitlin is completely crazy. She falls head over heels for some random guy that she just met and now she thinks she has fallen in love and they are destined to be together?! I think this girl needs to take a step back and re-evaluate her life a bit. Although I have known a few girls who are like this, so actually this is a pretty accurate account of how someone can fall for someone instantly.
As for the leading guy, he seems to represent the backstabbing boyfriend perfectly. He arrives from out of town, hooks up with one girl for a little bit, while in the end, ends up actually having a girlfriend. This seems to be the go-to role for guys of this type and for this genre generally.
As for the end, I have a love/hate relationship with it. While Caitlin should have gone to jail for what she had done, it doesn’t make sense that she hadn’t. I mean, if some guy had just been stabbed, a full force police investigation would have been thrown together in order to find the killer. But instead, Caitlin is given the opportunity of the lifetime (to put it simply, without giving away too many spoilers).
Overall, I feel that this book captures what R.L. Stine is known for. The ghost, spooky mystery, death and resurrection, spells and witches and more are all included in his novels. If you are a fan of the Fear Street collection, that this book is a perfect addition to the series.
-Read On Darlings