The Dead Boyfriend

The Dead Boyfriend

A Fear Street Novel

Book - 2016
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"Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Blade, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Blade 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 Blade. When Caitlin sees Blade with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Blade is dead-- and she has killed him. But if Blade is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?" --Publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250058959
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,22 cm.

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StephanieOne Apr 04, 2019

I usually love the Fear Street novels, but this one was so disappointing. It seemed to jump all over the place. Stine seemed to spend a lot of time describing what characters looked like, and how the main character thought they could look better in her opinion, instead of writing about the characters' traits and making them into fully fleshed out characters. Parts of it seemed to read like one of those "how men write female characters" memes, with the female lead looking at herself in the mirror and making ridiculous statements no woman would make about her appearance.
True to Stine's style, he had the traditional "twist ending" that is supposed to tie everything together, blow the reader's mind, and come just enough out of left field to not be truly predictable. This "twist" seemed like something out of a bad 80's soap opera, though. Without giving anything away, it wasn't all just a dream, but it may as well have been with that ending.
Overall, this is my least favourite of all of Stine's books. I think I would've gotten more out of reading a few of his Goosebumps books than this one.

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Nov 28, 2016

Caitlin is often described as spontaneous, so when she sees a boy looking at her across the diner, of course she’s going to go talk to him. Little does she know that Blade will change her life forever.
This book has so many plot twists that you never see coming and like any R.L. Stine book, it has an amazingly scary ending that leaves you with so many questions. I’m really enjoying the Fear Street relaunched novels, each containing a different story but all set in the same neighbourhood, which is really cool! Each book gets better and better and I hope he continues to write more. A really fun and quick read. Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- Fallenangelhushhush of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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