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Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun... Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun...


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Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun... Swim. Sunbathe. Die. The sun is hot. The water's cold. And the kids are cool. Too cool to live. Because a killer is stalking them, one by one. A killer who never leaves a clue. Who disappears as completely as a footprint in the sand. A killer who has found a very special place in the sun for some very special sun...

30 review for Beach House (Point Horror, #32)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    You know your reading a nostalgic 90’s book when one of the characters is compared to Vanilla Ice! I had so many Point Horror’s as a teen, that I’m not entirely sure what ones I’ve read before. It’s nice to revisit and add reviews to them all! Stine lead me to this range having enjoyed the Goosebumps books as a kid. The story is told over two time frames in both the 1950’s and 1990’s, it was such an interesting concept that hasn’t really been done in Point Horror before. I liked how the two time pe You know your reading a nostalgic 90’s book when one of the characters is compared to Vanilla Ice! I had so many Point Horror’s as a teen, that I’m not entirely sure what ones I’ve read before. It’s nice to revisit and add reviews to them all! Stine lead me to this range having enjoyed the Goosebumps books as a kid. The story is told over two time frames in both the 1950’s and 1990’s, it was such an interesting concept that hasn’t really been done in Point Horror before. I liked how the two time periods connect together, but it felt it was more like something he would write for the Fear Street series... I’ve been a little disappointed with Stine’s Point Horror output on a revisit, but I’m still glad that he lead me to this series in the first place.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I'm pretty sure I read this when I was a kid but I didn't remember the plot at all, so when I found this in the garage while cleaning I was excited to give it a reread. If you've been following some of my vintage YA pulp reviews, you'll know I have ~thoughts~ about R.L. Stine. Namely, that he seems to have two modes: gleeful vicarious murder-joy and I'm-dialing-it-in-for-the-paycheck ennui. His Fear Street books can be hit or miss and mo Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I'm pretty sure I read this when I was a kid but I didn't remember the plot at all, so when I found this in the garage while cleaning I was excited to give it a reread. If you've been following some of my vintage YA pulp reviews, you'll know I have ~thoughts~ about R.L. Stine. Namely, that he seems to have two modes: gleeful vicarious murder-joy and I'm-dialing-it-in-for-the-paycheck ennui. His Fear Street books can be hit or miss and most of the Goosebumps books don't hold up at all, but his standalone Point Horror releases are actually usually pretty good. BEACH HOUSE in particular is balls-to-the-walls insanity, with numerous dated pop culture references, a dual timeline, and a grand reveal that is on par with The Langoliers in terms of redonkulous. So obviously, I loved it. In the 1950s timeline, we have a bunch of teens who hang out at the beach. Maria, Amy, Stuart, Ronnie, and Buddy. They all decide to prank Buddy by stealing his pants when he's in the water and forcing him to come out to the beach naked, and then Maria stands him up on their date for Stuart. Buddy is pissed and then bad things happen. You also get references to Jackie Gleason, the Crewcuts, record players, Marilyn Monroe, and Tab Hunter. In the "present" timeline, there's Ashley, Ross, Kip, Lucy, and Brad. All of them are summer visitors to the beach, except for Kip, who's a poor townie, and Brad, who's a rich townie. Lucy and Kip are together. Ashley and Ross are together, but Ross is like psychotically jealous and she's got a thing for rich Brad, and his big... tennis court. Here, in the "present," you will be treated to hot guys who look like Matt Dillon and Vanilla Ice, MTV and Coca-Cola towels, and day-glo sportswear. Also remember when people used to call sandals "thongs" and swimtrunks "baggies"? These were simpler times. It would have been better if we didn't know who the killer was from the beginning and the connection between the two timelines was pretty lame. Also, this book kind of showed its ass with the "whoops, it's the 90s and we're not exactly tolerant to people who are different" mentality of the times because at the very end, one of the characters actually says "I was too ugly to have friends." LOL. But I'm giving it three stars anyway because I had a genuinely good time laughing at this. It was almost four stars because it was surprisingly mature for a Stine book but the ending was really stupid and I'm afraid I can't condone that. 3 to 3.5 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amara Tanith

    R.L. Stine YA books disturb me. No, not for the reason you’re thinking. They’re not “scary”. At best, they’re mildly entertaining. At worst, they’re ludicrously moronic. I find a significant number of R.L. Stine books disturbing because half of his teenage female protagonists are in obviously abusive relationships. I don’t know. Maybe it’s an eighties thing. But it seems like at least half his books, including this one, feature a main female character, high-school age, who is in a steady relation R.L. Stine YA books disturb me. No, not for the reason you’re thinking. They’re not “scary”. At best, they’re mildly entertaining. At worst, they’re ludicrously moronic. I find a significant number of R.L. Stine books disturbing because half of his teenage female protagonists are in obviously abusive relationships. I don’t know. Maybe it’s an eighties thing. But it seems like at least half his books, including this one, feature a main female character, high-school age, who is in a steady relationship with a boy she is terrified of. The girls specifically state being frightened by their boyfriends’ raging tempers, possessive jealousy, threats and displays of violence. And then, almost invariably, the next sentence will say that it makes them feel special. Huh? Your abusive piece of shit boyfriend makes you feel special when he screams at the top of his lungs, breaks your things, and threatens you because you spoke to another male? You need your heads examined, R.L. Stine protagonists. Does R.L. Stine land have no healthy egos? No healthy relationships? No therapists? No parents who care if their daughter's abused? Nothing? Wow. I feel horrible for you, fictional late eighties/early nineties women. Like whoa. For added fun, he doesn’t seem to know how sharks work. Buddy and Maria swim within a few feet of a recently-moved-in school of sharks, and the sharks show no interest in their presence. “They won’t attack until they smell blood,” Buddy explains. lolwut? No. Just no. First of all, most shark species don’t live in schools, and none of the three most dangerous species do. Tiger sharks, perhaps the most dangerous (being considered the “garbage cans” of the sea) feed in schools, however, so I suppose I’ll ignore the fact Beach House implies that an entire school of man-eating sharks moves to a beach with heavy human traffic just for lulz. I’ll just assume an entire ecosystem of fish spawned off this beach a few days prior to the story, which is the only explanation I can think of for a ton of sharks deciding to show up and stick around. But even that’s a minor problem when we get to, “They won’t attack until they smell blood.” What universe do you live in? Most shark attacks on humans aren’t about food/hunting/blood. They’re the result of a torpedo with fangs spotting a weird, gangly, too-scrawny-to-make-a-good-meal animal--one it may or may not ever have seen before--thrashing around like a dying fish. And, well, here’s the thing… sharks don’t have hands. They can’t grab your ankle and go, “Hey, what are you?” They grab you with their teeth and go, “Mind if I find out if you’re yummy?” It’s just too bad that by the time they’ve realized you’re not yummy, whatever limb they grabbed is probably mangled, severed, or swallowed. So, yeah. (view spoiler)[These two idiot teenagers swim out into the middle of the ocean right on top of a school of apparent man-eaters, and not a single shark takes an exploratory bite. These two morons are pretty damn lucky already. And then Buddy pulls out his knife. “They won’t attack until they smell blood,” happens, and he enacts his brilliant plan to murder the girl who bullied him: slash her to bits atop a school of sharks. I assume he then calmly swam out of the cloud of blood and ravenous frenzy it apparently spawned while the sharks conveniently devoured only the already-dying girl while leaving him completely alone? You guys might just be the weirdest sharks ever. (hide spoiler)] But I suppose I have to be fair. This had the typical R.L. Stine YA bullshit with some extra time-travel bullshit just for flavor, but it wasn’t horrible. I seem to recall enjoying it when I read it in middle school, so I suppose it’s fair to say that middle- or elementary-school children might have fun with this one. Posted June 2012. Edited for minor typos 6/30/15.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Bookubus)

    This Point Horror story has a unique angle in that it is told over two different time periods. It starts off in the summer of 1956 and we meet a group of teenagers spending their summer on the coast. They meet a guy called Buddy who seems nice enough but things take a turn for the worse after they pull a prank on him. The story then picks up in the present day and we follow another group of teenagers who find an ominous beach house which has been abandoned for years. I really enjoyed revisiting This Point Horror story has a unique angle in that it is told over two different time periods. It starts off in the summer of 1956 and we meet a group of teenagers spending their summer on the coast. They meet a guy called Buddy who seems nice enough but things take a turn for the worse after they pull a prank on him. The story then picks up in the present day and we follow another group of teenagers who find an ominous beach house which has been abandoned for years. I really enjoyed revisiting this one. I remember it being one of my favourites of the Point Horror series when I was younger and while I did remember part of the story I definitely didn't remember all of the details so it was still gripping and entertaining. Perfect for summer!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Words fucking fail me, they really do. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Words fucking fail me, they really do. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    One of my favourite Point Horrors, and one of my favourite R.L. Stine books! Sure, the plot twist that reveals the connection between the 50s and 90s is totally arbitrary and off-the-wall, but it doesn't stop the book being a hoot! There were actual deaths in this book, many of them quite mean-spirited. It made my young eyes widen in surprise and a little bit of glee! The 50s segment is definitely the most fun and suspenseful. Ashley in the present and her borderline abusive boyfriend were not s One of my favourite Point Horrors, and one of my favourite R.L. Stine books! Sure, the plot twist that reveals the connection between the 50s and 90s is totally arbitrary and off-the-wall, but it doesn't stop the book being a hoot! There were actual deaths in this book, many of them quite mean-spirited. It made my young eyes widen in surprise and a little bit of glee! The 50s segment is definitely the most fun and suspenseful. Ashley in the present and her borderline abusive boyfriend were not so interesting!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn (ktxx22) Walker

    I remember reading this when I was in junior high for the first time and I was completely sucked into it, unfortunately it took quite a few years for me to find my way back to the “horror” genre (quotation marks are there because this is way more of a fun horror read). For this book in particular it stuck with me over all the other Point Horror novels I read at the time. So initially based on that I gave it 5 stars, but upon rereading it it’s not so groundbreakingly good! Lol it’s more just good I remember reading this when I was in junior high for the first time and I was completely sucked into it, unfortunately it took quite a few years for me to find my way back to the “horror” genre (quotation marks are there because this is way more of a fun horror read). For this book in particular it stuck with me over all the other Point Horror novels I read at the time. So initially based on that I gave it 5 stars, but upon rereading it it’s not so groundbreakingly good! Lol it’s more just good. I enjoyed the two storylines, the light gore, and the suspense to find out what exactly was happening in both timelines!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lyons

    I found this in the clearance section at a used book store and figured I would take a trip down memory lane as I loved reading these when I was a kid. Wow! How could this be more terrible and enjoyable at the same time. It made me laugh from the description (Swim. Sunbathe. Die.) right to the very end at the RIDICULOUS explanation of why the kids were getting murdered. Thanks RL Stine for starting my love of thrillers and for the laughs. 4 stars for enjoyment and Vanilla Ice and Madonna referenc I found this in the clearance section at a used book store and figured I would take a trip down memory lane as I loved reading these when I was a kid. Wow! How could this be more terrible and enjoyable at the same time. It made me laugh from the description (Swim. Sunbathe. Die.) right to the very end at the RIDICULOUS explanation of why the kids were getting murdered. Thanks RL Stine for starting my love of thrillers and for the laughs. 4 stars for enjoyment and Vanilla Ice and Madonna references circa 1992.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alex | | findingmontauk1

    A perfect poolside read while on vacation at the beach. I loved the time period change in narratives throughout the story and how it all came together at the end. And I totally did not expect THAT at the end?! You go, R.L. Stine!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Annika

    Disappointingly, Ross was not the murderer. But, I did get time travel. For some reason. I mean, when the book was sectioned into 1956 and "this summer" (which I assure you is not the summer of 2019), I was kinda thinking that it would be kept in those time frames. But no. There's time travel. None of the main characters go through time travel, but it happens. (view spoiler)[Well I guess Lucy and Kip and Maria did, but Lucy and Kip were never particularly important to the story in the first plac Disappointingly, Ross was not the murderer. But, I did get time travel. For some reason. I mean, when the book was sectioned into 1956 and "this summer" (which I assure you is not the summer of 2019), I was kinda thinking that it would be kept in those time frames. But no. There's time travel. None of the main characters go through time travel, but it happens. (view spoiler)[Well I guess Lucy and Kip and Maria did, but Lucy and Kip were never particularly important to the story in the first place so no loss there. (hide spoiler)] I would complain that it's formulaic, with the set-up being around 4 teens that are more or less hip and with it going to a place that isn't really close to their homes. At least two of the people are in a relationship, either with someone that is mentioned once and never again, or with someone in the group. If it's the former, then the relationship might be pretty good, and there's a chance that the person could be 1) the murderer and/or the main antagonist of the story, 2) the person that saves them all, or 3) generally isn't there for the entire story. But if it's the latter, then it's probably a bad relationship, full of toxic bad stuff because PSAs are boring but "super thriller"s definitely aren't. I guess it has to be formulaic with how many of these there are. But I just really wish Ross was the murderer, even though there wasn't anything pointing toward it. He's just such a raging asshole, jealous, overly-possessive, toxic. Just bad. And then when Ashley breaks up with him, he fuckin stalks her on her dates with Brad! Who cares if it might have ended up okay? (view spoiler)[Ross ended up following Ashley and Brad into The Beach House and Brad turns out to be Buddy from 1956 and the weird stiff maid from before was actually Maria who went and fuckin exploded the house but Ross was there to call 911 whatta man. (hide spoiler)] I still fiercely despise him. Fuck you Ross. Also I thought the book was gonna talk more about Denny, who definitely isn't okay, or how Ronnie died. That wasn't even touched on. It was like a "by-the-way" thing, so it's a very real possibility that Buddy/Brad just made it up. I mean with that train of thought it's also possible that Brud/Baddy just made up that tragic story about his younger brother Johnny. We'll never know how much truth Bruddy/Bad was telling. And honestly I'm completely fine with that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Dio

    I’m a big fan of R.L. Stine - and this book didn’t disappoint! We navigate between 1956 and 30+ years later, with a similar group of friends and a mysterious beach house… Again, I had a lot of fun reading this one, and it’s the perfect season for that! What you will find in ‘Beach House’... 🏖 Some silly beach pranks 👫 MANY teenagers and the drama that goes with it 😦 A few creepy characters 👙 Many stylish (or not) summer outfits 🦈 SHARKS 🌫 Fog that’s coming out of nowhere 🩸 A couple of graphic scenes In s I’m a big fan of R.L. Stine - and this book didn’t disappoint! We navigate between 1956 and 30+ years later, with a similar group of friends and a mysterious beach house… Again, I had a lot of fun reading this one, and it’s the perfect season for that! What you will find in ‘Beach House’... 🏖 Some silly beach pranks 👫 MANY teenagers and the drama that goes with it 😦 A few creepy characters 👙 Many stylish (or not) summer outfits 🦈 SHARKS 🌫 Fog that’s coming out of nowhere 🩸 A couple of graphic scenes In short, a perfect summer time point horror book! https://www.instagram.com/reel/CQTQUH...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erica Robyn Metcalf

    This was an R.L. Stine book that I don't think I had read back in the 90's. When I saw a copy at Goodwill, I had to snag it. But wow was this one outdated... In part one, I immediately couldn’t stand the main characters and their relationships with one another. Luckily the story took a dark turn on page 29. But that didn't last long... In part two, we were right back where we started with the cringe-worthy teen relationships. Hard pass. This was an R.L. Stine book that I don't think I had read back in the 90's. When I saw a copy at Goodwill, I had to snag it. But wow was this one outdated... In part one, I immediately couldn’t stand the main characters and their relationships with one another. Luckily the story took a dark turn on page 29. But that didn't last long... In part two, we were right back where we started with the cringe-worthy teen relationships. Hard pass.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Holden

    I think this is the first Stine book I’ve read in a while that took me by surprise. The story was intriguing with the story jumping back to the 50’s to present day every few chapters. I had a feeling about one of the characters in the twist ending that came true - but not in the way I was expecting. That said, even though I was surprised, the twist was sort of disappointing, like a cop out. I did like this overall though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, this one was pretty good! The twist at the end was actually great. So if you go and read my review of the Fear Street book New Year's Party (Super Chiller), you will see it's similar to this one. It takes place in two time periods, and this one does too. Beach House takes place in 1956 and "this summer," which meant 1990-whatever back then. It's hilarious how dated the references are. Matt Dillon, MTV, Vanilla Ice, Coke towel... the list goes on. I love the 90s, though, so I'm not complain Well, this one was pretty good! The twist at the end was actually great. So if you go and read my review of the Fear Street book New Year's Party (Super Chiller), you will see it's similar to this one. It takes place in two time periods, and this one does too. Beach House takes place in 1956 and "this summer," which meant 1990-whatever back then. It's hilarious how dated the references are. Matt Dillon, MTV, Vanilla Ice, Coke towel... the list goes on. I love the 90s, though, so I'm not complaining. Okay, so, I know you only came here for the deaths, so I won't delay! Let me see if I can remember all the characters in both time periods. Well, the relevant ones. In 1956 we have Maria, Amy, Buddy, Stuart... I think that's it. In the 90s we have Ashley, Brad, Ross, Kip, and Lucy. You can see some parallels in the names. The killer in 1956 is not a mystery. We find out right away that it's Buddy, because he LOVES killing, and he tells the reader that. "It's so easy," he says. What happens is Buddy gets caught in the ocean one day, and Stuart and a friend (don't remember his name) steal his swim trunks. Maria and Amy laugh at him. Buddy takes his anger at this to the extreme. He decides his "friends" need to PAY. First is Maria. Buddy lures her out in the water in the middle of the night. He's a strong swimmer, but she isn't. He swims with her very far out, and then he takes a knife and cuts her to lure the sharks that are nearby. Buddy swims back and leaves her for the sharks. A few days later Amy finds Stuart dead on the beach with his head bashed in from a tree trunk (how Buddy managed that one on his own, we may never know). Finally, there's Amy. She almost makes it... but Buddy traps her in the Beach House one day. There is a secret to it that Amy never gets to find out. What she does find out is that she's about to drown soon, because Buddy hits her over the head with a shovel and ties her under the Beach House to drown (it's raised on stilts, so the ocean's tide comes up under the house). Back in the 90s, there isn't a killer... yet. But there is a mysterious, handsome guy named Brad. He has a thing for Ashley, which is a problem for Ross, her current boyfriend. They are all out in Dunehampton (where the book is set) for the summer. They discover the beach house one day as Ross and Ashley use it to make out. Turns out Kip and Lucy have the same idea. But one day Kip and Lucy go missing. Ashley finds her scarf in the closet of the beach house and is thoroughly freaked. Meanwhile, Brad hosts a soiree in his incredible mansion and Ross grows more and more jealous of the time Brad is spending with her. Ashley, as an independent 90s woman, is having none of it. She breaks up with Ross - for good, she says. She and Brad continue to go out while Ross spies on them from afar. Then one night Brad wants to show her a "secret" in the beach house. But first, on the steps of the beach house, he launches into a speech about his family history and why he is so rich. He talks about his brother, Johnny, and how he always loved to explore houses. Brad wanted to be just like Johnny, so he went exploring too. And he explored the Beach House. He wants to show it to Ashley. She's a little perplexed, because she's already been there, but Brad leads her inside into the closet of a bedroom. Well, he forces her in, because she protests the whole way. As soon as they are in the closet a mysterious orange and yellow light flashes in front of Ashley's face. It turns out it's Mary, the maid of Brad's family. But something's wrong, because Mary is calling Brad Buddy. This part wasn't surprising since I had read New Year's Party recently. Ashley demands an explanation, and the truth comes out. Mary is - no shocker - Maria from 1956. Honestly, the most shocking thing is how she survived that shark attack. She tells Ashley that Brad is really named Buddy and in 1956 he killed (or thought he killed) her and her friends one by one. Apparently Maria was rescued by some fishermen, but her skin took years to heal. She pulls off her maid uniform to reveal the ugly purple and yellow scars on her chest. (Stine mentions her BRA- scandalous!). Then the twist comes - the secret of the Beach House is that a time travel tunnel exists in the closet they are standing in!! That's how Buddy literally got away with murder. He traveled to the 90s and became rich Brad. Maria finally figured out his secret one day, and she, too, came to the 90s to seek her revenge. This time she refuses to let Brad leave the closet. She wants him to go back to 1956 and face up to what he's done. Obviously there's no way Brad/Buddy is going to do that, but luckily Maria came prepared this time. She has doused the house in gasoline, and she is carrying a torch (very convenient). She lights Buddy on fire and then lights the house on fire, right at the time Ashley realizes she may die too. Luckily, the beach house explosion just sends her flying onto the deck but otherwise unharmed. Of course creeper Ross is there waiting for her. Methinks Ross and Ashley still need to work out his stage-five clinger issues. And now Ashley has a burning hatred for oldies music. But otherwise, all's well that ends well! (Unless you are Buddy, Maria, Kip, Lucy, Amy, or Stuart).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tehnehn Kaijaah Edwards

    As per usual Rl Stine wrote an entertaining albeit predictable YA Point horror book. I really enjoyed it and for the most it was a great read. I will say that the characters are always so freaking awful. They are almost always some type of bully so when they get murdered I do not feel sorry for them. I would like a character that is just nice and likeable that I do not cheer inside when they are murdered. Nevertheless it is a good book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dallas

    Liked the idea of a time portal house.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a murder mystery that leaves you guessing to the end. Loved it and I wish there were more to read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book There are a couple of parts to this book that alternate between the summer of 1956 and the summer in the present (which I’m assuming is in 1992 because that’s when this book is published. Lol), each with their own set of characters. And these two different groups of friends in these two different decades are connected by a beach house... and murder. In 1956 we have this group of friends who are joined by Buddy who is basically a tourist vacationing in this beach tow Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book There are a couple of parts to this book that alternate between the summer of 1956 and the summer in the present (which I’m assuming is in 1992 because that’s when this book is published. Lol), each with their own set of characters. And these two different groups of friends in these two different decades are connected by a beach house... and murder. In 1956 we have this group of friends who are joined by Buddy who is basically a tourist vacationing in this beach town. Initially I felt really bad for Buddy ‘cause he just wanted to make friends and hang out, but these awful kids just picked on him. One girl, Maria, seemed to actually be pretty decent, and he was interested in her! But boy did that last like one second. It turns out peer pressure is greater than your own moral compass. (view spoiler)[Maria initially defended Buddy from her awful friends, even agreeing to go out with him. But in one instance, the “friends” start picking on Buddy—they steal his swimming shorts and leave him stark naked in the ocean. Maria is telling her friends that it’s not funny and to help him, but her friends quickly change her mind—she does a complete 180 and just abandons him without a second thought. Then she cancels her date with him and totally blows him off. This after she tells the other guy no, that she has a date with Buddy, but the other guy, again, convinces her that hanging out with him is more fun. And just like that, she abandons him again. Fuck you Maria, you goddamn pushover. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, the point is she turned out to be a bitch as well when Buddy didn’t deserve it. Not at first, anyway... (view spoiler)[Even though I did feel bad for him, he went completely off the deep end, going as far as killing Maria and her friends! Look, I get it, they are awful people, but this is a bit extreme. Just stop hanging out with these guys! Why did he want to in the first place, when they were being so mean to him? And yeah, Maria was part of that in the end and hurt his feelings, but holy shit, dude, get over it! You didn’t have to go and murder her! Just find new friends! (hide spoiler)] And then, in the present, we have another group of friends who could also be better people. Our main girl Ashley? I hated her! So she has a boyfriend Ross, but... She liked to flirt with guys. It was fun Harmless fun. Why couldn’t Ross just lighten up? She was particularly into the new guy Brad, and she showed her attraction for him... right in front of her boyfriend! She is practically rubbing it in Ross’s face and then she gets all offended when he gets jealous. Girl, stop! You can’t really blame the poor guy when he’s got a pretty good reason for being mad! Ugh! Anyway, I didn’t really care for any of the characters—most of them were awful! But it did have a pretty cool plot twist I enjoyed! How these two sets of characters in different times are connected... wow! I was really not expecting it! (view spoiler)[The first plot twists I actually figured out pretty much right away. To me it was just so obvious that Buddy = Brad. However, I was not sure how things were connected since they’re decades apart. It turns out it’s time travel! OMG! There is a beach house, that for some reason, has a closet where you can time travel to 1956. Well, Brad figured this out and traveled back as Buddy, killed everyone that were awful to him, then came back to the present to proceed and pretty much do the same thing to his “friends” in the present. That was pretty interesting. I also liked how Maria didn’t actually die in the shark attack, but somehow made her way to the present and became Buddy’s/Brad’s maid in the present to get her revenge! Cool! (hide spoiler)] Overall, it was an okay read. I didn’t care for the characters, but the mystery spanning decades was interesting and the plot twists were pretty cool! I can always count on R.L. Stine to deliver a plot twist that will surprise me!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abrielle ME

    OMG. Dude, if you never read this book u have to! But wait, don't read this because it has spoilers. Here is a summary: So, this group of teenagers who are all friends, meet this new kid, Buddy, and add him to their friend group. Before all this happened there was a shark spotted in the ocean, and it killed someone! Anyway, One day Marla, and her new friend Buddy went swimming in the ocean. There weren't any sharks, and the water was very calm. But Marla's arms got tired of swimming, so she wante OMG. Dude, if you never read this book u have to! But wait, don't read this because it has spoilers. Here is a summary: So, this group of teenagers who are all friends, meet this new kid, Buddy, and add him to their friend group. Before all this happened there was a shark spotted in the ocean, and it killed someone! Anyway, One day Marla, and her new friend Buddy went swimming in the ocean. There weren't any sharks, and the water was very calm. But Marla's arms got tired of swimming, so she wanted to head back ashore. When she asked Buddy if he wanted to go back he said no, so then she told him that she was going back alone. And then he replied no again, but this time with a smirk on his face!!!!!! Then he told Marla how sharks can only eat people if they smell blood. And then he was holding a knife!! He slashed Marla's arm, and sharks came after her and ate her. Sad. Okay, but what you don't know yet, is this guy is 2 people at once!! *GASP!* So, the part 2 of this book is about Ashley and Brad. Here goes: Ashley and Brad were both new kids in school, so they became friends. Okay wait, hold up, you NEED to know that Brad lives in this rickitey old beach house, and so did Buddy. Anyway, since they are friends, they sometimes visit each others houses. But one time when Ashley went into Brad's beach house, she found this really big closet and saw a ghost come out of it! It was Marla! And she asked Brad if he remebered her, and he did! Brad was Buddy, and he was trying to kill Ashley!! Hey guys, welcome to Abrie's channel!!! Whoa, that's alot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Took a trip down memory lane. Remembered liking this book as a kid and for an easy read decided to see if it was good as I remembered. It held my interest although now as an adult it lacked depth but was still entertaining.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindz.

    This is the man that started it all… The legend… The Master… The inspiration behind my need to write and the man that made me a book hoarder… R.L. Stine… This was the first book I ever read by him. I didn’t realize there were books out there that were for my age group that had some kissing, heavy petting, and a totally crazy psycho serial killer. Not to mention the beach house built on a time warp! Hello! For a twelve year old that was pretty amazing and graphic. In this story we follow two groups of This is the man that started it all… The legend… The Master… The inspiration behind my need to write and the man that made me a book hoarder… R.L. Stine… This was the first book I ever read by him. I didn’t realize there were books out there that were for my age group that had some kissing, heavy petting, and a totally crazy psycho serial killer. Not to mention the beach house built on a time warp! Hello! For a twelve year old that was pretty amazing and graphic. In this story we follow two groups of teenagers. One group is in 1956, and the other is 40 years into the future. Basically, you are trying to figure out who the crazy one is, why he is crazy, and how can they stop him before he kills every teenager in this beach town. R.L. Stine has a very simple way of making stuff scare the crap out of you. He doesn’t dose you with prose or over woven storylines. He’s basic, follows a formula, and makes her suck in a breath and itch for more. I like to call him the master of young adult fiction because at the moment it is so absorbed with paranormal romance love triangles. He gives the young adult section that edge for the readers that want a little bit of edgy slathered in death and gore. In a world where the bad guys are just the bad guys and the good guys do die, R.L. Stine will always hit a home run with me and this book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Da-jo'el

    Have you ever was teased and felt like you needed to do something? Well this boy name Buddy did somehting cruel. Something so cruel you couldnt imagine. Bully have you ever hurt someone in a way that they might get even with you. You might say no but berfor you say that let me tell you this story about Beach House and you should probaly think before you hurt someone in any type of way. It was the nicest day of the summer. Maria and her friend Amy was relaxed when they heard a cry gor help. Mar Have you ever was teased and felt like you needed to do something? Well this boy name Buddy did somehting cruel. Something so cruel you couldnt imagine. Bully have you ever hurt someone in a way that they might get even with you. You might say no but berfor you say that let me tell you this story about Beach House and you should probaly think before you hurt someone in any type of way. It was the nicest day of the summer. Maria and her friend Amy was relaxed when they heard a cry gor help. Maria got off of her towel and ran to were help was needed and saw her friend Buddy. Stuart and Ronnie were laughing at him. The reason why they were laughing was they took Buddy swimming trunks and he was scearming for help telling them to give him his swimming trunks. They did and threw it in the salty sea water it dissaperd in the water and he had to wait to night time to even come back to the shore. He wentto the beach house and the next day was payback.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book sets in two different settings- in 1956 and in 1996 and in perspectives of teenagers in 1956 and the present. Each story or chapter talks about the characters experiences. But each character leads to one death, one by one, being stalked to the beach house. And one by one, no one ever comes out of the beach house. In the present, these 4 teenagers, Lucy, kip, Ashely, and Ross hangs out in the beach. When one day, they noticed this beach house that no ones lives there, but when a guy com This book sets in two different settings- in 1956 and in 1996 and in perspectives of teenagers in 1956 and the present. Each story or chapter talks about the characters experiences. But each character leads to one death, one by one, being stalked to the beach house. And one by one, no one ever comes out of the beach house. In the present, these 4 teenagers, Lucy, kip, Ashely, and Ross hangs out in the beach. When one day, they noticed this beach house that no ones lives there, but when a guy comes mysterious claims that he lived in that house, Ashley and her friends starts to wonder who is that boy. When didn't go on that date with the boy, the boy becomes different. The way he smiles, walks, and talk starts to become different, especially when one by one of Ashley friends starts to disappear. this book was very good. it kept me going and i finished it one day....the ending of this book will leave you to become speechless.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Deus ex machina, baby! What a ride. What a thrilling, yet ultimately ridiculous ride. Loved it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/08... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofye 5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/08... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/tales-p... All in all I personally liked this book - classic retro point horror! For more reviews and book chat please visit www.talesofyesterday.co.uk Please be aware that the discussion will contain spoilers!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved everything about this book except for the silly ending, lol (although young people would probably appreciate the ending more than I). Back when I was in middle and early high school, I devoured every single R.L. Stine book that I could get my hands on. I remember buying huge stacks from the bookstore at the mall, and being so excited to get home and start reading. Ah, good memories. I don't recall ever reading Beach House, as I would have been in the 10th Grade by the time it was even pu I loved everything about this book except for the silly ending, lol (although young people would probably appreciate the ending more than I). Back when I was in middle and early high school, I devoured every single R.L. Stine book that I could get my hands on. I remember buying huge stacks from the bookstore at the mall, and being so excited to get home and start reading. Ah, good memories. I don't recall ever reading Beach House, as I would have been in the 10th Grade by the time it was even published. But I really enjoyed reading it as an adult HAHA. It's a good one!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Renae

    I revisited this book today after many, many years. I always enjoyed the twist at the end when the mystery of the beach house is revealed. Reading it years later has its problems. I found myself annoyed at how both the female and male characters were written, and felt the women were in abusive relationships. The genre being horror l guess has to have the reader assume that anyone could be the suspect, but I still found it noticeable.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    This has been one of my favorite of the revisited R.L. Stine books. I had to laugh because the good looking guys were described as looking like Vanilla Ice! People on the beach were wearing hammer pants. I love it! The plot was basic but was better than most of the Fear Street stuff. There are two story lines in different times that converge at the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would probably give any RL Stine book a 5 star rating because of the nostalgic memories it brings back. Are the books a bit cheesy and ridiculous? Yes. But so are the TV shows Tales from the Crypt, Creepshow, and X-Files and I still thoroughly enjoy those! These are fun, easy reads not meant to be taken too seriously! And I enjoy them. :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Precia

    This book is really old and frankly still has an old scare attached to it! I had goosebumps and it felt so creepy reading this book in the dark! Gosh, if your looking for a great scary book, these are one of them!

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