When I was younger, I couldn’t stand reading. I didn’t know how my sister could sit for hours and read the books that she did, and whenever a new Harry Potter book came out it sickened me to think about myself sitting and doing it. However, because I was in school I had to read books as part of assignments and for the Accelerated Reader requirement. My favorite books to check out were the Goosebumps because they were short and not complicated. When I reached 8th grade, I did the unspeakable–I picked up all the Harry Potter books and read them in just a couple of weeks. This was the start of the many lives that I have lived.
Since discovering my love for reading, R.L. Stine has been one of my favorite authors. It wasn’t Goosebumps that did it for me, but his wonderful Fear Street Saga books. And from this point on I had what I called my “R.L. Stine addiction.” This consisted of several months of me going to my school library and checking out five different books at a time and bring them back within two days (this also included goosebumps).
But out of all his books I can’t just pick ten and say these are the best, and I’m not going to try to. This is just my current list of the ones that I consider some of my favorites that have completely captivated me throughout my teenage years and even now. If you find one or two that you haven’t read I highly suggest checking them out!
Cheerleader’s: The First Evil
Bobbi and Corky Corcoran are two sisters that have just moved to Fear Street, and are enrolled in Shady-side High School. They also happen to be very talented cheerleaders that make the team with no questions asked. While on the way to a cheering convention, the bus gets into an accident, causing the captain to be thrown from the bus. However, she seems perfectly alright without a single scratch.
Then strange things begin to happen and cheerleaders start to die one by one. Why are they dying? Who is responsible? Is it even a person? What’s going on?
These were my first Fear Street Saga books that made me fall in love with R.L. Stine. I originally decided to read them because of their covers and the fact that I thought killing cheerleaders was funny. I had no idea the deeper meaning that this plot had to offer me. I also ended up really liking Bobbi and Corky, and this made it a lot more fun to follow them all throughout the next ones. If you are a person that has my original idea, or you are into the supernatural, I highly recommend these books to you.
Fear Street is cursed, and with how many horrors happen in this small area, that’s no secret. Everyone says that it’s because of the Fear family who once lived there, but why? Who is this Fear family and what happened they made such evil come about to everyone who lives there now?
I didn’t discover this series until my sister told me about it. She found out that I was reading the cheerleaders and instead of answering my questions about the Fear family, she pointed me into the direction of the books that talk about it. Each decision that was made by a fear that led to their demise from the beginning. I found that I loved these books more than any of the Fear Street Series because of their family history. I especially like when it gets to Sarah Fear.
It has a lot of lessons about making the right choices, and the consequences that come with choosing out of anger, greed, and jealousy.
The Wrong Number
Following the story line from the first book, The Wrong Number, Jade and Deena are best friends that were framed for a murder last year, and now they are both receiving pranks calls. Could it be the killer who may be getting out of jail soon on a “technicality,” or is someone else, who knows what happened, watching them?
A lot of people I talked to actually liked the first book more and felt that the sequel was easy to depict. However, I loved it. Maybe it was the fact that I read the second one first, but I felt that it had a good amount of suspense and the climax was amazing!
Carter Phillips is a rich girl who believes that she has the perfect life even thought her mother forgets she even has a child most of the time and she is constantly having to live up to her father’s standards. She excels in everything except math, and of course this would be her ultimate downfall. When Carter is desperate to pass her math achievement exam so that Princeton will accept her as a student (to impress daddy), she recruits the help of Adam Messner for one simple request in return: a date.
Unfortunately, Adam wants a lot more than just a date and soon his control over her becomes unbearable, but Carter can’t do anything about it because if she does, he will tell everyone about him taking the test for her. So what is Carter to do?
I absolutely loved this one because it showed the power that people will have over you if you allow them to. As well as the mistake Carter realized she made thinking that you could just buy your way into getting something that you want and not face the consequences. People take advantage of you just like Adam does to Carter. Sorry, honey, but the real world isn’t perfect, especially on Fear Street!
Josie and Melissa are two friends that live their lives like every other teenager does, but they live on Fear Street so life is about to get complicated. Approaching Valentine’s day, threatening Valentine’s start to appear. Who is sending them, and will they succeed?
I read this particular one twice that year. Once when I was a new 8th grade and then again during Valentine’s Day. I know, “Who reads a horror story about Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day?” Well the answer to that is me because at the time I couldn’t stand that holiday. In fact, most people my age didn’t like it.
I loved this one because of the suspense that it had; i literally couldn’t put it down. I had a hunch on who the killer was, but I was wrong and I never saw it coming who the actual killer was.
What Holly Heard
Holly is a teenager in Fear Street that is a gossip queen, and is always looking for a new secret to hear and share until she hears something she shouldn’t have. Now someone is trying to keep Holly and her friends quiet.
Holly reminded me of a couple of girls I went to school with. Always had a boyfriend, and even when they lost interest, they stayed with him until there was another one who came along. They were always butting into other people’s business so that they could spread it around (you always had to be careful what you said), and actually got excited when other people were in pain.
I liked this book because it showed the psychotic side of teenagers that most people don’t think exists. I grew up around people that thought that because I was young I didn’t have an opinion and wasn’t intelligent enough to understand “adult” subjects like politics and religion. But as we all should know, your teenage years is one of the most important times for your development and growth. We go through so much during this time that it’s not surprising when we see that another kid just couldn’t take it anymore and hurt themselves, a boyfriend’girlfriend, family member, or another student.
Bitten: Dangerous Girls
Destiny and Livvy are two sisters that fell in love with the same boy while away at summer camp, but have come back only to find that they are no longer the same girls they once knew themselves to be. The sunlight hurts them, there is a hunger that never goes away, and there’s a strong desire for blood they can’t explain. They’ve become vampires and must now find a way to cure themselves, but when one sister choose the life of darkness, it’s up to the other one to save her. Can she?
Even thought I write a lot about vampires, I’m not actually into reading the books themselves. I’ve only read two series other than this one that was about vampires. However, I loved Dangerous Girls because it had surprises around every corner and wasn’t your typical vampire book. Destiny actually wanted to be cured, and so instead of reading about a girl who turns into a vampire and has to live that way, you instead follow the life of a girl who’s one goal is to go back to a normal life as a human.
I also liked Taste of Blood, which is the sequel where she decides that her and her father are going to attempt to save her sister from having to live in that dark world, even though it is one that she has chosen. It reminded me of Zoe trying to save Stevie-Ray’s humanity in House of Night after she comes back to life. (But I read Dangerous Girls first).
The Haunted School
Tommy Frazer is a young boy who has a new mom, a new school, and a new life. One day, he gets lost among the many rows of classrooms and starts to hear voices of other kids coming from behind the school’s walls, and just like any other kid in an R.L. Stine book, he falls into another world where he meets the students of a class from a different time! Some are good, but others are out to get them and turn them to the dark side. Dun dun dun…
This is one of my favorite Goosebumps because I felt that there was more depth. This was a real story compared to others that I felt were written just to write. I thought about this book a lot in my sophomore year when I started a new school in a new city that was really big. In fact, I thought that I was about to hear other student’s voices in the walls!
What happens when someone is committing murder, but can never be found? You may say, “That’s preposterous!” Well, in this book, it isn’t. There are two boys: one lives in the year 1956 and the other lives in the exact same place, but is from the year 1992. The catch? They are the same person travelling through time committing murders. But how is this possible?
I was confused when I first started reading this book because it flip flopped between two different stories, but eventually I realized that they were connected even when they were years a part. I’m not sure why the book captivated me so much. Maybe it was because it wasn’t predictable, it was exciting, and I never saw the conclusion coming. In fact, it’s one ending that I have never forgotten, even years later. I plan on reading this one again very soon and I suggest it to everyone. This is one that you will not regret!
Welcome To Dead House
Amanda and Josh Benson are two kids that move to a new town called, Dark Falls. Immediately, they notice something wrong about the place. No one is in the houses, yards, or streets, and everyone acts very strangely. The house that they are going to live in is very old and looks like it was built forever ago. Soon, they realize that it was a big mistake moving there!
This was my first Goosebumps book, and also my other favorite. I loved that it had a cliche story line about the family of four that move into a creepy house in a new place and weird things start to happen, but that the end was different than anything else that I had seen like it.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes those type of plots and wants to see a different ending than what they are used to.
R.L. Stine is one of my favorite author’s because he takes the lives of teenagers (their habits, feelings, and desires) and shows how they can be their downfall. The girl who has to be in everyone’s business hears something she shouldn’t have, the girl who dates every boy she shes causes her to have a horrifying Valentine’s Day, the girl that just wanted to impress her father gives her an abusive and controlling boyfriend, etc.
He shows us that every decision we make in our lives have consequences and nothing is ever as it seems–especially when it comes to people.
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