I was never a big fan of this book as a kid. It was all right. But reading it again as an adult as part of my Fear Street Throwback Marathon (which has actually been pretty fun and not as painful as I thought) has been eye-opening to me. I just want to scream at the main character that Faith and Eve are not her friends. They know she likes this guy, they know she's shy, they both already have boyfriends and yet they come up with this bet to see who can go out with him first, knowing poor single, shy Janie doesn't stand a chance? And then the winner even has the gall to borrow Janie's blazer for the date? Seriously? This is the model of friendship for our impressionable youth? I know girls can be mean, but come on. When people start dying off, Janie better take it as a sign it's time to start hanging out with better people. The end.
There’s a hot, new guy at school and so many girls want him, including Janie and her two friends. Her two friends who already have boyfriends, btw. But regardless, they make a bet to see who he goes out with first. It’s too bad one of the girls winds up dead! Did Ross actually kill her?
Ross was quite a character. And by that I mean he was freaking insane! Guilty or not, innocent or not, that guy was nuts! Hey, Ross, maybe don’t act all violent and like a psychopath and people wont think you’re a murderer. Jeez.
And even Janie herself had her doubts about Ross, wondering whether he was the killer or not, and yet, she was still attracted to the guy.
--- "Janie realized she was very attracted to Ross, even with her doubts." ---
Girl, what is wrong with you?! I didn’t like him and I didn’t like that she liked him. About halfway into the book Janie think she’s falling with the guy. Dude, no! First of all, it’s disturbing that you like a guy like Ross. Secondly, get your instalove away from me.
But also, Janie herself wasn’t much better than Ross... but in a different way. She was whiny AF when it came to this guy! Her two friends are drooling over Ross and Janie is all like, “Um, but I saw him first!” Ugh! Get over it. But I’ll give her one thing, she can take care of herself! There was a moment at the end where she gets things done! So that was pretty cool... even though the end was kind of bleh. Lol.
And I actually suspected the killer from start, so the reveal didn’t surprise me. But overall, I enjoyed it well enough. As always, this book had great descriptions, in particular of the dead bodies! Super creepy!
Easter Eggs: Corky Corcoran and Kimmy from the Fear Street Cheerleaders appear! Deena Martinson (from The Wrong Number) and Gary Brandt (from The Overnight) broke up. I didn’t even realize they were going out. Lol. Ricky Schorr (also originally from The Overnight) appears. Also, the Dalby department store (from the Silent Night trilogy) is mentioned. And Janie’s lab partner is actually Pam Dalby! But she was out sick so the new guy Ross ended up being her partner.
The Fear Street connection: Ross, the new boy, lives on Fear Street because of course he does.
Got it from the local library and could not put it down, read it endlessly and too many times over to count. I could relate with the three friends over the money part and guy crush, I was about 16 at the time of reading the book and understood the material on a teen level of a small group of friends in school just trying to get by. What was weird, was I had two best friends and each fit a role so to speak of the characters in the story. I am now in my early thirties and still read fear street, I own most of the digital copies and a few in paperback. I love his stories because he gets to the point and stays to the point. There is nothing long winded about his books, which makes for easy reading and none of them are boring =) His books bring me back to my teenage years which is always fun!