Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: Beach Party

Title - Beach Party
Author - R.L. Stine
Series - Point Horror
Genre - YA Horror
Published - January 1st 1990
Publisher - Scholastic
Format - Paperback

It's the ultimate beach party in California. And Karen, who's just broken up with her boyfriend, is going to enjoy every minute of it--especially having two new guys who like her. But the party takes a nasty turn when Karen realizes someone is out to spoil the fun by getting rid of her.


Karen has the perfect summer vacation planned for her friend Ann Marie who she hasn’t seen in a year starting with a beach apartment. Everything isn’t going as planned when the girls find themselves confronted by a gang of boys on the beach. Thankfully two boys come to their rescue, and the girls end up heading to a pizza place with them. Karen finds herself falling for Jerry while she knows she shouldn’t because he has a girlfriend but she doesn’t stop either. As Karen finds herself spending more time with her friend strange things start happening warning her away from Jerry. When a body turns up she starts to question everything. Will she be next?

Karen is one of those girls who dump’s her friends when she has a guy. It’s not intentional on her part she does it unconsciously which is forgivable. The part that frustrated me is she went after Jerry even though he has a girlfriend which I thought was trashy. However I did like Vince because he reminds me a lot of the misunderstood bad boy.

I decided to pull out a stack of books from when I was a teenager and re-read some of my favorites Beach Party is one of a few of R.L. Stines books I enjoyed. After reading it twenty years later I can see why I enjoyed it. Beach Party is a fast paced captivating story mixing romance with suspense and stuff of nightmares. I remember as a kid enjoying Beach Party but it doesn’t compare to modern day young adult books but it was worth reading. I can say honestly in the future I would read it again purely for the nostalgia that comes with reading a book from my childhood. A perfect read for a lazy afternoon it’s short but entertaining. 
4 out of 5 stars

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