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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.


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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.

30 review for Beach Party

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tyler J [They/He] (Wickedjr Reads)

    2.25 Well for the most part I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery of "stay away from Jerry" and who was the murderer. While I didn't guess, and normally that's a good thing, I...don't think I liked the twist. Kinda put a bad taste in my mouth. I did like the part with Vince in the end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    This one did not work for me. The characters were awful and the story predictable. Sorry Bob. Better luck next time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Bimbo girl meets bad-boy (we know this because he wears a leather jacket and has...TATTOOS! *gasp*)...but also meets good guy and his jealous girlfriend and has ex-boyfriend hanging around and jealous friend from NY...mysteries pursue...bimbo nearly dies a couple of times....someone actually does die...red herrings galore...murderer is revealed....bimbo goes off hand-in-hand with boy....the earth continues to spin. Next please!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    89th book read in 2017. Number 619 out of 653 on my all time book list. Mind-numbingly silly

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    I remembered the main plot points of this book quite well, despite the fact that I probably hadn't read it in fifteen years, but I couldn't remember if I actually liked it or not. Happily, it turns out that I did. Karen (California girl) and her friend Ann-Marie (visiting from New York, where she's been living for a few years) are spending the summer at Venice Beach, and are planning to party nonstop. Karen's recently broken up with her boyfriend, so she's thrilled when she meets two I remembered the main plot points of this book quite well, despite the fact that I probably hadn't read it in fifteen years, but I couldn't remember if I actually liked it or not. Happily, it turns out that I did. Karen (California girl) and her friend Ann-Marie (visiting from New York, where she's been living for a few years) are spending the summer at Venice Beach, and are planning to party nonstop. Karen's recently broken up with her boyfriend, so she's thrilled when she meets two new guys: sweet, handsome Jerry and menacing-but-sexy Vince. She and Jerry really hit it off, but someone starts leaving her messages, warning her to stay away from him. Jerry's maybe-girlfriend-maybe-ex doesn't seem to like Karen. Ann-Marie is acting strangely. And then the nasty pranks start. This is one of R.L. Stine's best books, I think. I feel a little uncomfortable saying that, because it's a pretty old book - 1991, I think - and I like to think that authors improve over the years. This doesn't always happen with Stine. I don't know if it's because I've been reading too many of his Fear Street books over the years, but a lot of his plots seem to be both outlandish and recycled. With the amount of different criminal and supernatural / preternatural elements that he adds to his books, they shouldn't ever feel stale, yet to me they often do. There are some good titles in the Fear Street series, and also a lot of forgettable ones that feel rushed and lacking in vitality. Perhaps it's because this is an early book of his, or perhaps it's the different setting, or perhaps it's the fact that Point Horror is aimed at a slightly older reader than Fear Street. Whatever the reason, Beach Party still feels fresh to me. This is going to sound odd, and you may not get what I mean, but it feels honest. Like Mr Stine wrote it because he wanted to, rather than churning it out on contract the way I suspect he does with a lot of his books. Ah, I don't mean to denigrate Mr Stine. I liked him a lot as an early teenager and preteen, and still enjoy some of his books nowadays. I just find him hit-or-miss. So yeah, I really enjoyed Beach Party a lot. The characters are a little shallow, but they're fun and pleasant enough to root for. The plot is reasonably tight, and I enjoyed the big reveal at the end. The best thing for me, though, is that this book really captures the zeitgeist of the late 80s and early 90s. I lived at the beach up until about 1989, and as soon as I started reading this, I could have been back there. I put on a Def Leppard T-shirt while I read, stuck some cheerful pop songs from 1990 and 1991 on my iPod, and had a fantastic couple of evenings reading. 1990 was a brilliant year for me, and it was an utterly hedonistic pleasure to be able to revisit it via this book. I love the cover, too. Simple, beautiful and just a tad creepy - but not creepy enough to rid me of that happy feeling. Verdict: Elements that pulled together nicely. Great fun to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leigha

    Sometimes nostalgia can't save a book. Some books you go into knowing they will have very questionable content (aka problematic stuff) and you can turn your brain off. It is hard to turn your brain off when you realize these books were aimed at impressionable teenagers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Beach Party is filled with choppy sentences and generic characters, but it's definitely one of Stine's better books, a suspenseful and eerie mystery filled with all the nostalgia of the late 20th century.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    Rating is based on / against other Point Horror's that I have read as part of #PointHorrorBookClub and you can find my thoughts here www.talesofyesterday.co.uk/2018/01/ph... Please be aware that as this is a discussion post it will contain spoilers!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kris Lugosi

    Jesus, I read this when I was like 8, and I do not remember there being so much eluding to sex in it! No wonder I humped every surface of house growing up... Jesus, I read this when I was like 8, and I do not remember there being so much eluding to sex in it! No wonder I humped every surface of house growing up... Stine loves his cliff hangers! Super apparent in BEACH PARTY where damn near every chapter ends with one. Two friends vacation at the father's house of one of the Jesus, I read this when I was like 8, and I do not remember there being so much eluding to sex in it! No wonder I humped every surface of house growing up... Jesus, I read this when I was like 8, and I do not remember there being so much eluding to sex in it! No wonder I humped every surface of house growing up... Stine loves his cliff hangers! Super apparent in BEACH PARTY where damn near every chapter ends with one. Two friends vacation at the father's house of one of the teen girls. The dad is away and since Karen's parents are divorce, the girls have the place to themselves. Karen hasn't see Ann Marie in a few years so reconnecting with her at the beach is just what she needs after breaking up with her boyfriend. When walking along the beach one night they are circled by the neighborhood gang of from the wrong side of the track thugs. THIS part is what kinda shocked me the most. I get the whole play of the teenage girl being attracted to the badass, but this scene was borderline rapey, and Karen seemed to be rather turned on by the whole affair. I liked the scene...but it was suggestive to a demise I don't think I fully understood when I first read this. SO anyway, the girls are rescued by the hunky nice guy, and Karen falls for him. (Along with the douche bad guy Vince, the leader of the rape brigade) Problem is, good old Jerry has a girlfriend, and Renee is not fond of the googly eyes. So things transpire, and threats are made via phone calls and spray paint vandalism for Karen to stay away from Jerry and the hunt for the hunter begins! Stine is real good at leading you to believe one person is the killer but also gives possible motives for other characters until the reveal is made. I kind of had a thought as to who the killer was but the twist was a pleasant surprise (8 years old, sue me I didn't remember). The characters were pretty shallow but what are you going to expect from a bunch of teens. Stine gives full physical descriptions of each character when you meet them and that adds to the visual storytelling which I think is super important when trying to engage young readers. I LOVED LOVED LOVED that he also describes what they're wearing because the clothes are so 80's early 90's that even I remember when I thought neon green bicycle shorts were all the rage. Stine is probably my favorite author between him and Christopher Pike. Maybe it's because I grew up on Goosebumps as a precursor to my Fear Street love but I just enjoy his storytelling much more and his suspense.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    R.L. Stine is one of my favorite writers of all time. I grew up reading his books and he is probably the main reason why I love horror literature so much. Reading this was very nostalgic. I don't really read young adult or teen fiction other than the horror stuff which I love so this was a treat to go back and revisit the stuff that I grew up on. This was intended for teens but I think as an adult it still has an appeal to it based off of the content in it which is not all innocent and cutesy. T R.L. Stine is one of my favorite writers of all time. I grew up reading his books and he is probably the main reason why I love horror literature so much. Reading this was very nostalgic. I don't really read young adult or teen fiction other than the horror stuff which I love so this was a treat to go back and revisit the stuff that I grew up on. This was intended for teens but I think as an adult it still has an appeal to it based off of the content in it which is not all innocent and cutesy. This had that trademark R.L. Stine style to it with the girl meeting a guy and bad things start to happen. I actually didn't solve the mystery and guessed the wrong person in the book so that was refreshing. The ending was surprising and kind of cool; interesting to say the least. However, I felt that it wrapped up a little too quickly for me. I would've liked another few pages just to tie everything up a little neater. A fun "beach" read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    One of the better Point Horror's, felt that the characters were likable and the mystery was interesting enough to keep me hooked.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book Karen’s friend Anne-Marie comes to visit her for summer break after having moved across the country a little while ago. They’re staying at Karen’s dad’s beach side apartment by themselves, and it should be nothing but fun and beach parties. And it starts out like that. Karen meets these two guys and she is having a blast. And then strange things start happening. Someone keeps threatening Karen to stay away from one of the guys, but are they serious enough to kill? One thing that surpr Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book Karen’s friend Anne-Marie comes to visit her for summer break after having moved across the country a little while ago. They’re staying at Karen’s dad’s beach side apartment by themselves, and it should be nothing but fun and beach parties. And it starts out like that. Karen meets these two guys and she is having a blast. And then strange things start happening. Someone keeps threatening Karen to stay away from one of the guys, but are they serious enough to kill? One thing that surprised me about this book was that it was pretty funny! Other R.L. Stine books I’ve read are also funny, but definitely not as much as this one! And I liked it! Fun fact: R.L. Stine actually started out writing joke books! “How is your little brother?” Karen asked laughing. “Compared to what?” Anne-Marie joked. “Compared to Freddy Krueger, he’s okay, I guess.” The jokes were dumb and I loved it! Also, A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my favorite horror movies, so the mention was pretty cool. As for the guys that Karen meet, I liked Jerry. He was very sweet and cute. But he already had a girlfriend and these two were totally flirting it up, and sometimes even in front of said girlfriend! Ugh. Speaking of, I did not like Renne at all. She was very mean to Jerry, borderline abusive! Why in the world he was even still with her, I have no idea. And the other guy Vince? Well, he’s supposedly a dangerous bad boy, and Karen is totally into it... but not? There were many times, and I mean many, that Karen mentions being attracted this danger, but also simultaneously scared of him. It was frustrating and it made zero sense! She’s an idiot! “All of that shyness, that bitterness, the quiet anger—it was kind of sexy.” Her words not mine. But then immediately after: “Karen, are you losing it totally? she scolded herself. How can you be attracted to a guy like that?” Exactly! She even admits it! She keeps saying how different and interesting he is, but that does not mean he’s a nice guy! Ugh. Also, wtf is up with these mood swings? Anyway, the point is he’s not appealing. And Karen thinks some of it might be an act, and I agree! I wish he would’ve dropped it cause I was not a fan. He was just a weird guy. His actions I didn’t understand either. It felt like he was just trying very hard to keep up his bad boy persona. Lame. I also did not see the point to this, well, pointless love triangle! It was so dumb! This guy, Vince, actually disappears from the book, around the middle, and not in the suspicious kind of way. There really was no point to this character really. And Karen was no better either. Some of Karen’s actions were very spontaneous and confusing. Where do these things even come from? Wtf? She was just unnecessarily mean sometimes, to her ex-boyfriend Mike, and even Jerry! One thing I always love about R.L. Stine’s books though is the descriptions of dead bodies. They are gory as fuck and I loved it! There was also this dream with Karen that was full of body horror and just... holy shit! It was horrifying stuff! (view spoiler)[The plot twist where we find out that Jerry caused the death of his brother Todd and then he went insane because of it, now subconsciously adopting the persona of his brother sometimes... well, I was was sort of hoping that the ghost of Todd was possessing Jerry to get his revenge. That would’ve been so cool! But I don't think it was that. Poor Jerry, I really liked him and felt bad for the guy. (hide spoiler)] Overall, the book was... fine. I liked the gory descriptions and overall creepiness of the book. I also liked the setting but was not the biggest fan of the characters. Karen was dumb and frustrating and Vince was just awful. The mystery itself was okay and the plot twist was pretty good, though my theory on it was better than reality. Lol. Also, what’s up with the abrupt ending? That’s it? (Abrupt review ending to go with the abrupt ending of the book. Lol)

  13. 4 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    This is one of the more uneventful Stine books. After reading Beach House, I honestly expected more. It's about a flirty California girl named Karen who is hosting her more reserved New York friend, Ann-Marie, for the summer. Karen lives in Venice. At the start of the summer she meets two opposite guys she likes equally: Sweet Jerry and Tough Vince. Ann-Marie is annoyed Karen won't spend time with her. Renee is annoyed because Jerry is her boyfriend. So when Karen starts getting threatening mess This is one of the more uneventful Stine books. After reading Beach House, I honestly expected more. It's about a flirty California girl named Karen who is hosting her more reserved New York friend, Ann-Marie, for the summer. Karen lives in Venice. At the start of the summer she meets two opposite guys she likes equally: Sweet Jerry and Tough Vince. Ann-Marie is annoyed Karen won't spend time with her. Renee is annoyed because Jerry is her boyfriend. So when Karen starts getting threatening messages to Stay Away From Jerry, she thinks they're from Renee. But then a can of spray paint turns up in Ann-Marie's dresser drawers and a pile of jellyfish turn up in her bed. Who else could have done these things but Ann-Marie, since they live together?! But one afternoon a girl finds Karen and tells her that she is Jerry's sister. Jerry counters later on that he doesn't have a sister. When AM admits that she is dating Karen's ex, Mike, and was worried about Karen finding out, Karen is, naturally, relieved. Then Karen thinks the frightening notes might be coming from Vince. Or Jerry's so-called sister. Karen goes to confront Renee about Jerry one day only to find her dead in the kitchen. So the culprit of the threats isn't Renee or AM. At the beach one day Vince wakes Karen up from a nap. They go walking along the beach together but Karen begins to become frightened of him. She runs back to her beach blanket to apply sunscreen, only to find another typed warning there. Then as she starts to apply sunscreen she realizes she is screaming because her skin is burning. Vince hurries back and takes Karen to the hospital. Now she's ruled out Vince as a suspect and decides it must be Jerry's alleged sister. She's still torn between her feelings for Jerry and Vince when she and Jerry go snorkeling a couple of days later. Everything seems okay until Jerry floats further out and Karen calls to him to come back. Because of her burned hand and shoulder (the sunscreen bottle was filled with acid), she needs help to return to shore. When she catches up to Jerry he tells her he's not Jerry-he's Todd. Todd was Jerry's brother who drowned when Jerry couldn't save him. Karen realizes Jerry left the notes as Todd warning her against himself. He then confesses he had to do a bad thing to Renee because she wouldn't listen to him. Jerry's sister shows up and says he hasn't been right since Todd drowned, to the point of taking his identity and denying he has a sister. She says she'll take him to get help. Vince carries Karen back across the beach, and she seems all right with the fact now that he has a tattoo and runs with a gang. Ah, young love!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jarrett

    Great book with a mystery trying to be solved throughout the whole book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I own this book. Cost: Unknown Title: Beach Party Series: Point Horror #8 Author: RL Stine Overall Rating: 4 stars I remember this being the first Stine book that I read that wasn't a Goosebumps book and I was shocked at the stark differences. Firstly, the characters actually have personalities that are unique to them! The storyline of this book was a rollercoaster that followed a very who-dun-it type of trope. You thought it was Renee that was being/>/>/>/> Source: I own this book. Cost: Unknown Title: Beach Party Series: Point Horror #8 Author: RL Stine Overall Rating: 4 stars I remember this being the first Stine book that I read that wasn't a Goosebumps book and I was shocked at the stark differences. Firstly, the characters actually have personalities that are unique to them! The storyline of this book was a rollercoaster that followed a very who-dun-it type of trope. You thought it was Renee that was being horrible to Karen, you suspected Ann-Marie, you loved Jerry. You didn't see the ending coming, that twist ending of Jerry not being Jerry was everything. Everything.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    I need to do a reread of this. Read it years ago and loved it, mainly because I love thrillers that have a beach setting and a beach party is just icing on the cake. I do not read anywhere near the amount of horror books I did y ears ago but this one remains a fond memory and is on my reread list. Perfect summertime reading.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark R.

    **1/2 One of R.L. Stine's early successes in the YA thriller genre, "Beach Party" follows a sixteen-year-old girl as she romances a young fellow named Jerry, despite various anonymous exhortations for her to "Stay Away From Jerry!" One thing about Stine's descriptions that always amuses me is the way he describes a new character's physical appearance. It's always immediate and thorough. "Kelly was of medium height, she wore her brown hair to just past her shoulders. She wor **1/2 One of R.L. Stine's early successes in the YA thriller genre, "Beach Party" follows a sixteen-year-old girl as she romances a young fellow named Jerry, despite various anonymous exhortations for her to "Stay Away From Jerry!" One thing about Stine's descriptions that always amuses me is the way he describes a new character's physical appearance. It's always immediate and thorough. "Kelly was of medium height, she wore her brown hair to just past her shoulders. She wore green pants and high-top sneakers." That's not an exact quote, but if you read Stine's YA books, it probably sounds familiar. So what's Jerry's deal, and why shouldn't our heroine get near him? He's a mixed up young man who's just trying to live his life and help steer his new girl clear of a tough guy on a motorcycle. A guy named Vince, who's the total antithesis of nice-guy Jerry. But IS Jerry so nice? Hopefully--for the sake of our protagonist, whose name I've already forgotten.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This story revolves around Karen. Karen’s friend, Ann-Marie, who moved across the country is back to spend a month of the summer with Karen. Karen and Ann-Marie are staying at Karen’s father’s beach house in Venice, CA while her dad and step-mother are on vacation. They meet Vince, the head of a local bunch of “bad boys” and Jerry, a sweet guy. Jerry has a girlfriend, Renee, and when Karen starts getting phone calls and graffiti at her house stating “Stay away from Jerry” she starts to wonder if This story revolves around Karen. Karen’s friend, Ann-Marie, who moved across the country is back to spend a month of the summer with Karen. Karen and Ann-Marie are staying at Karen’s father’s beach house in Venice, CA while her dad and step-mother are on vacation. They meet Vince, the head of a local bunch of “bad boys” and Jerry, a sweet guy. Jerry has a girlfriend, Renee, and when Karen starts getting phone calls and graffiti at her house stating “Stay away from Jerry” she starts to wonder if Renee is overly jealous. I found this enjoyable, although I guessed the twist pretty early on, but a very fun and nostalgic read (especially since I was able to read it at the beach!)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Karen and her friend Ann-Marie are spending time together for a month in summer. Yet when they meet this guy Jerry things start going wrong and Karen who's starting to like Jerry is getting all these notes and warnings to stay away from Jerry. It gets really creepy when Jerry girlfriend, Renee do is murdered. Turned out Jerry brother Todd drowned but is haunting Jerry. He tried to drown Karen and was one leaving notes tell Karen stay away even left jellyfish surprise in her bed. I gav Karen and her friend Ann-Marie are spending time together for a month in summer. Yet when they meet this guy Jerry things start going wrong and Karen who's starting to like Jerry is getting all these notes and warnings to stay away from Jerry. It gets really creepy when Jerry girlfriend, Renee do is murdered. Turned out Jerry brother Todd drowned but is haunting Jerry. He tried to drown Karen and was one leaving notes tell Karen stay away even left jellyfish surprise in her bed. I gave it a three cause just couldn't get into it that great but I did like how seemed too throw suspicions to Ann Marie and this other guy Vince who was the best in the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Serena

    I was expecting a lot more but was left feeling quite unsatisfied. That ending especially, so lame and anticlimactic. That definitely marked it down quite a bit. There were some “scary” scenes that were interesting but not enough in my opinion. It felt more like a summer romance at times than horror. It’s fine if you want something quick to read but I’d recommend other point horror books over this one any day.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    Oh dear, where do I start with this one: seeing a guy you know has a long term girlfriend, thinking a guy being moody and vaguely threatening is attractive, repeatedly ditching your friend who has come to visit so you can hang out with said guy, etc. Nope, nope, nope. Definitely one of the worst books in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The first half was pretty terrible, featuring a string of random scenes and repetitive dialogue. When Stine drops the mid-90s high school hair twirls, and the crazy things begin to happen, it starts to feel more like classic Stine. But you can tell that this is an early work of his. Skip it and head straight to Fear Street.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbi

    I remember this being much better when I read it as a teenager. I reread this since one of my kids is a fan of RL Stine and wanted to read it. Definitely not the best book that I have read by this author.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Will review later

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lugosifan

    4.5/5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Oh, man! This re-read gave me so much joy, and the occasional uproarious burst of laughter. I must say that compared to some of the other Point books I've re-read lately, this is one of the better ones in terms of writing quality. It was still laughable though in a lot of ways. Amusing pop culture references contemporary to the time: * Ann-Marie compares her little brother to Freddy Krueger and says her bro is a bit better. ha * Vince "looks a little like Sting" * Jerry Oh, man! This re-read gave me so much joy, and the occasional uproarious burst of laughter. I must say that compared to some of the other Point books I've re-read lately, this is one of the better ones in terms of writing quality. It was still laughable though in a lot of ways. Amusing pop culture references contemporary to the time: * Ann-Marie compares her little brother to Freddy Krueger and says her bro is a bit better. ha * Vince "looks a little like Sting" * Jerry looks like Tom Cruise! (p.24) * Vince and his mates are in heavy metal t-shirts! They must be baaaad! (view spoiler)[(turns out they're not, but anyway...) (hide spoiler)] Amusing fashion references: * Karen's observations of the beachside environment and the dudes in Def Leppard shirts paying to get their white "high tops" polished * Jerry's tie-dyed jean cut-offs and a black-and-white striped crew-neck pullover (p.78) * Karen's short pink skirt over black bicycle tights and a white midriff top, and of course her rollerskates (date with Jerry!) (p.100) * Jerry's white tennis shorts and a shiny blue, sleeveless t-shirt (p.102) * Vince's faded cutoffs and no shirt (hey, Vince? You had me at your metal shirt!) (p.130) * Ann-Marie's Day-Glo green bikini (p.153) Awkward un-PC moments: * When Karen greets Ann-Marie at the airport, they indulge in their hilarious "running joke" about how Ann-Marie must have put on a bit of weight lately. har-dee-har-har (p.2) * As a group of guys surround Karen, making her feel like 'prey', she reflects that "it was scary but thrilling at the same time." (p.26) Moments that you wouldn't see so much today: * Karen sunbathing and refusing to put sunscreen on, telling Ann-Marie, "I want to burn for a while." Ha, (view spoiler)[oh the foreshadowing of those words. (hide spoiler)] (p.129) General comments: In terms of teen dialogue, this one is pretty good (I've read Point books where all the teens sounded like they were from the 50s), but sometimes there are some clangers, like when Jerry says at one point, "It's awfully early for jellyfish." Never heard a teen dude sound like that, myself! Karen is a bit of a biatch in my opinion - maybe I was just raised differently, to think it's kind of uncool to go after a guy who's already got a girlfriend, but that's my take on things. Apparently Karen doesn't have any such concerns about going after Jerry when he's dating Renee already. Another observation about Karen - she suspects EVERYBODY except the one she should suspect. Well, she didn't suspect herself, so I guess that's two people! Still, despite all the warnings she's getting throughout the entire book, it never once occurs to her to maybe have a listen and take a moment to think WHY she's getting all those warnings? Some of my favourite moments from this book include: 1) The jellyfish. Oh man, that amused me! (p.105) 2) The part where we get the imagery in the narrative that matches the book's front cover. Noice! Not that this relates in any way to any of the stuff that actually happens (this part is in a dream after all). Still, I liked the match-up with the visual. 3) The fashion. It made me really want to watch season 1 of 90210 again. 4) The fact that the "heavy metal gang dude" dude is (view spoiler)[the nice dude in the end (hide spoiler)] . 5) This quote which is a thought from Karen after she finds a note from Ann-Marie on the fridge, held by a magnet: "How did people ever communicate before refrigerator magnets? she thought." Keep in mind this was before mobile phones were a general fact of life. (p.104) 6) The phrase: "... bombed off to the hospital." (p.141) 7) "Poor, crazy (insert bad guy's name here)". (p.165) To end, I want to share my fave quote from the whole book: "She could hear the wet suit ripping, a frightening sound, like a lobster being torn apart." I just thought that was so odd! Interestingly enough, as I was reading this book I really didn't remember reading it in the past, but I'm sure I MUST have. I've had it in my collection for a long time. If you read this as a teen or pre-teen, I recommend re-reading it - I had so much fun doing so!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Guerra

    This book is really good, one thing i really like about this book is that it is held in Los Angeles area in Venice beach. So you get visual insights when reading because you can imagine where things are if you have been to that beach. I recommend to people who like somewhat scary books and suspenseful, The title may throw you off and it might seem lame but it isn't lame at all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    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 mo 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    StephanieNicole

    3.5 stars This is a fun summer horror story from R. L. Stine. He kept me guessing who the killer might be. I love all the 90s references: I miss leaving notes on the fridges instead of texting, but my retinas sure don't miss the Day-Glo everything. The ending was a bit too ridiculous(view spoiler)[ly cheery. Someone is killed. The protagonist Karen is harassed and almost killed twice. Once the ki 3.5 stars This is a fun summer horror story from R. L. Stine. He kept me guessing who the killer might be. I love all the 90s references: I miss leaving notes on the fridges instead of texting, but my retinas sure don't miss the Day-Glo everything. The ending was a bit too ridiculous(view spoiler)[ly cheery. Someone is killed. The protagonist Karen is harassed and almost killed twice. Once the killer is caught, Karen immediately cuddles up to the other boy, and I guess she just forgets she considered her best friend a MURDER SUSPECT and is okay with her dating her PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE ex-boyfriend. They just continued on with their beach party! Other problems: Where are the parents? Karen's parents' absence is explained, but what about the other parents? Like Jerry's parents?!?!?! When they learned he was a murder suspect, they should have stepped in (or maybe have suggested a therapist when he denied the existence of his sister). And on that note, why was everyone fine with unstable Jerry just leaving with his sister after he killed one person and tried to kill another? He is strong, mentally unstable, and dangerous! Karen had a terrible taste in men: At one point, each of the three guys in her life physically restrained her. She ends up with the gang leader whose gang tried to rape her! Why was Karen fine with Ann-Marie seeing her ex Mike after Mike still expressed interest in Karen and PHYSICALLY RESTRAINED HER to stay with him. Oh nevermind, Karen ends up with a GANG LEADER, so clearly her moral compass is out of whack. I forgot that in 90s teen lit, teens are "independent adults." These teens: not so much. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Kim

    Actual page number: 166 pages Overall a meh book. Not enough scares or actions to spook the protagonist with mostly thin foreshadowing. The scares provided are mostly less sensational or derivative from other ya horror books although there's one prank I do find disturbing, memorable, and somewhat original. Predictable villain as well. Despite so, there's still some suspense as the main character faces prank and the book isn't too long with its short am Actual page number: 166 pages Overall a meh book. Not enough scares or actions to spook the protagonist with mostly thin foreshadowing. The scares provided are mostly less sensational or derivative from other ya horror books although there's one prank I do find disturbing, memorable, and somewhat original. Predictable villain as well. Despite so, there's still some suspense as the main character faces prank and the book isn't too long with its short amount of pages and simplistic proses. I do find the main character likeable as she appears to be mischievous type but it's dropped later on as she became the damsel type as she's spooked some scare. I wouldn't go too far of getting this book if you really want a good horror book. It's only good if you want a summer day read or if you want to start reading horror and want to get the gist of what it's like, this book, maybe.

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