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Sometimes, love is murder. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died. Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away. But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with h Sometimes, love is murder. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died. Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away. But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her....


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Sometimes, love is murder. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died. Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away. But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with h Sometimes, love is murder. Too bad about Dex. He was in love with Joanna. She broke up with him. And then he died. Joanna's sorry, of course. But it's not her fault he's dead, is it? Besides, she never loved him. Boys are just toys, to be used and thrown away. But this time, Joanna's gone too far. Because Dex is back. From the dead. For one last date with her....

30 review for The Boyfriend

  1. 4 out of 5

    Athena Shardbearer

    This book was my pre-teen years. This book brings back so many memories. I still hate Joanna. I still love Dex. Poor Shep. It was poorly written. With sentences like this. But hey, I was a teenager when I read this...don't judge me. And it will always hold a special place in my heart. The End.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Joanne is told that her ex-boyfriend has died in an accident, but when she constantly sees him around town she starts to question if there’s some unfinished business between the pair. A fun fast paced story, I’ve re-read quite a few of these Point Horrors now so the ending was quite obvious. I like the way that Stine raised the stakes throughout.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kiana H.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was one of my favorite books. It was about how this girl named Joanna is dating Dex. Dex is madly in love with her, but Joanna doesn't even care. One day, Dex pulls a joke on her and it goes to far. Dex purposedly falls off a cliff and Joanna doesn't even help him. She runs off to get help, but then gets into a car crash. She ends up in the hospital and Dex's best friend Pete tells her that Dex died. Later on in the story, Dex comes back and his wants his last date with Joanna. Pete tells J This was one of my favorite books. It was about how this girl named Joanna is dating Dex. Dex is madly in love with her, but Joanna doesn't even care. One day, Dex pulls a joke on her and it goes to far. Dex purposedly falls off a cliff and Joanna doesn't even help him. She runs off to get help, but then gets into a car crash. She ends up in the hospital and Dex's best friend Pete tells her that Dex died. Later on in the story, Dex comes back and his wants his last date with Joanna. Pete tells Joanna, Dex is coming back to get revenge on Joanna for leaving him to die. Joanna then kills him by putting a knife in his chest. Now, Dex is back from the grave a second time. She tries to go for the kill again but Joanna's best friend Mary came. Joaana found out that Mary was behind all of this because she did not like how Joanna treated Dex. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysterious books. I would have liked a better ending or if they had a continuation of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Joanna, a rich girl was with a poor boy named Dex. But slowly she figured out she didn’t have any interests on Dex anymore. Therefore, she decided to break up with him. But before she said that, Dex had died incidentally by felling off the cliff. And Joanna started to date with another rich boy named Shep. One day, Dex came back and tried to convince her that he was still alive while Dex’s best friend, Pete insisted Dex had already died. Joanna then had the idea of having two boyfriends at the s Joanna, a rich girl was with a poor boy named Dex. But slowly she figured out she didn’t have any interests on Dex anymore. Therefore, she decided to break up with him. But before she said that, Dex had died incidentally by felling off the cliff. And Joanna started to date with another rich boy named Shep. One day, Dex came back and tried to convince her that he was still alive while Dex’s best friend, Pete insisted Dex had already died. Joanna then had the idea of having two boyfriends at the same time. But slowly, Joanna had smell rotten smell from Dex and his skin was green color and starting to fall apart. Soon, Joanna knew he came back from the grave to get revenge on her since she had left him to die after he got an accident. But Dex had made up this joke, because he wants to teach Joanna a lesson. And Joanna killed him by stabbing his chest with a knife. Therefore, it was a truth that Joanna had really killed him this time. At last, Dex came back from the grave the second time. And Joanna found out Mary, her best friend was really the one who made up all the stories, who planned all the revenges. Mary was the one who loves Dex, so she could not stand up with Joanna who wanted to dump him!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lady Lovecraft

    Wow... I loved this book. It was the first R.L. Stine book I read, a LONG time ago. Perfect for teens working their way into horror-horror. Was nice to read through again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    Some of R.L. Stine's work for the Point Horror books were among his best. Although this wasn't one of his top ones, it's still memorable for the fact that Stine took a creative risk with having a deliberately unlikable lead character. Joanne is rich, snooty, mean to others and plays around with the feelings of her boyfriend. The rest of the plot, involving Dex dying and seemingly coming back from the dead, doesn't bear such close scrutiny. But it's great to witness a writer at their peak, taking Some of R.L. Stine's work for the Point Horror books were among his best. Although this wasn't one of his top ones, it's still memorable for the fact that Stine took a creative risk with having a deliberately unlikable lead character. Joanne is rich, snooty, mean to others and plays around with the feelings of her boyfriend. The rest of the plot, involving Dex dying and seemingly coming back from the dead, doesn't bear such close scrutiny. But it's great to witness a writer at their peak, taking narrative chances such as this. Most modern-day writers can't pull it off, but back in the early 90s, Stine could.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Do you like hearing about mysterious and chaotic things? This book is great because it keeps you thinking about everything that is happening all at once. I loved this book. I loved this book because it keeps you thinking about everything that might happen after each part. It is kind of mysterious because things happen in a very creepy way. I would say that while you are reading this book, do not have anything else except the book. This book is also kind of scary. It just talks about a girl going Do you like hearing about mysterious and chaotic things? This book is great because it keeps you thinking about everything that is happening all at once. I loved this book. I loved this book because it keeps you thinking about everything that might happen after each part. It is kind of mysterious because things happen in a very creepy way. I would say that while you are reading this book, do not have anything else except the book. This book is also kind of scary. It just talks about a girl going through some weird and creepy situations in life. I recommend this book to anyone who loves chaos and likes hearing about situations with mysteries.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    I recomened this book about a girl who's really stuck up and she likes to make ppl squirm and wait on her she's really a snob one day she stands up her boyfreind dex for another guy that night she sneaks out with dex and he falls off a cliff she runs and drives away to get help and gets in a car crash and has to go into the hospital she thinks dex is dead and he comes back from the dead for one last date...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    This was seriously so strange and fucked up I loved every page of it; spoiled brat girl, ghosts, people die. and the plot twist is sooo good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I think that book was so hot because it is so much drama and suspence I read it like twice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    🦃Tiffy 🍗🍁

    The main character is so spoiled you have no idea, but the like towards the ending though didn’t see that coming...this wasn’t my favorite one overall I liked it okay just not really for me if that makes since.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    In R.L. Stine's book The Boyfriend, there are many mischievious things that go on. The ending was sortive a drag for me because I didn't really understand it. Joanna had actually died instead of Dex and it was really confusing for me to catch on. It really left me uninformative. Through out the book you have to pay really close attention to what is happening, or else your not going to know what happend at the end of the book. For me I had to jot down notes to keep track of what just had took pl In R.L. Stine's book The Boyfriend, there are many mischievious things that go on. The ending was sortive a drag for me because I didn't really understand it. Joanna had actually died instead of Dex and it was really confusing for me to catch on. It really left me uninformative. Through out the book you have to pay really close attention to what is happening, or else your not going to know what happend at the end of the book. For me I had to jot down notes to keep track of what just had took place. If I could put the book into four words they would be clueless, devastating, mystery, and love. One of the reasons why I thought it was clueless is because, I didn't understand what had happend at the end of the book. All of sudden your reading and then it just said that Joanna had died. For me I didn't know what was going on! I just assumed that, maybe she was dead to begin with. This book was very devastating because, in the end you learn about the awful things that Dex had done to Joanna.I mean he told her he was dead. And then when you finish the book you learn that Joanna is actually the one that is dead. If R.L. Stine would of made the ending different, I think he should've just had Dex stay alive and then have him and Joanna fall back in love. But that's not the way he wanted it. He wanted it to be a mystifying tragedy. The mystery kind of falls in place with love because, all the love that they had, there was mystery behind it. Dex faked his death to the point that Joanna probably wanted to shoot herself. But he did it to win her love back. He did it cause he loved her. If there was no love in this book there would be no mystery. And if there was no mystery, there would be no love in the book. Overall this book was fantastic! It's one of my favorite books ever! It teaches you a lot of life lessons. And that's something that I looked forward to in the end. If you haven't read this book then I encourage you one hudread percent to read it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Gargoyle

    Ten Second Synopsis: While out for a night time drive with her boyfriend, Joanna witnesses his accidental death. Now Dex is back from the dead to find out whether Joanna ever truly loved him. This story turned out to be exactly what you probably think it would be judging by the cover and blurb. I still can't figure out whether or not I read it all those years ago, but on the whole I think I must have because I remember the name Shep as well, bizarrely, as the scenes featuring Jo Ten Second Synopsis: While out for a night time drive with her boyfriend, Joanna witnesses his accidental death. Now Dex is back from the dead to find out whether Joanna ever truly loved him. This story turned out to be exactly what you probably think it would be judging by the cover and blurb. I still can't figure out whether or not I read it all those years ago, but on the whole I think I must have because I remember the name Shep as well, bizarrely, as the scenes featuring Joanna practicing with her tennis coaches. I could not, however, remember any of the "horror" elements. This is probably a good thing, because they weren't all that horrifying really. I remember being irrationally terrified of the events of Beach House back as a young gargoyle, but I can't imagine that this one ever scared me that much, if in fact I did read it as a youngster. If you picture all those celluloid teen slasher films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream, than you'll have a pretty good idea how this story turns out, although there is a lot less violence, which surprised me. Joanna is a right piece of work - selfish, horrid to her mother and generally a bad seed - and she discovers toward the end that the undead appreciate a little acknowledgement during their living years, otherwise they might just come back with a vengeance. The best thing I can say about this one is that it was a quick read. Nothing particularly unexpected happens, there are no shocking horror bits and generally this can be considered a fun, no-brainer of a read for when you want to escape.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin Renneker

    The Boyfriend, written by R.L. Stine, caught my attention. The cover gave off a mysterious type of look. Which I was immediately attracted to. As soon as I started reading, I got a different impression, not so much a mystery, but a chick flick. Luckily I kept reading, the book went on and I couldn’t keep my eyes off the pages. I didn’t want to put the book down. You’re constantly wondering what could happen next; why there’s so many obstacles. In the book there is a main character named Joanna. The Boyfriend, written by R.L. Stine, caught my attention. The cover gave off a mysterious type of look. Which I was immediately attracted to. As soon as I started reading, I got a different impression, not so much a mystery, but a chick flick. Luckily I kept reading, the book went on and I couldn’t keep my eyes off the pages. I didn’t want to put the book down. You’re constantly wondering what could happen next; why there’s so many obstacles. In the book there is a main character named Joanna. She is a self centered teenager only wanting to mess with the minds of different boys. She is pretty careless, which gets her into a situation that is fairly dangerous. The Boyfriend was definitely for my entertainment. Entertaining by allowing me to put away my phone without wanting to get it back out. Making me have these amazing expressions in the middle of class and everyone wondering what exactly is happening in my book. I’m glad I read this, it was an easy read and a good amount of enjoyment. I would recommend this to many people that are wanting something so effortless and exciting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bex

    Is he dead is he not? That's the question that spurs this book on following a prank.where her boyfriend is injured or dead Joanna gets in a car wreck and takes weeks to heal all the while thinking he had died. Then Des turns up, like Edward, climbing through the window but is he alive or a ghost? Overall a good read with the standard twist at the end, not one I saw coming but then again maybe I wasn't looking for it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Generra Garris

    I really like this book. This is the best book I have read yet. I really connected to this book because I felt kind that the way she treated her boyfriend was kind of fail. She didn’t have to stand him up the way she did and sneak around with another boy. If she wanted to see other people that’s all she had to say to him. And I feel that it’s her fault that he died. Because if she wasn’t making there relationship weird and unwanted he wouldn’t have tried to impress her and jump off the cliff.

  17. 4 out of 5

    =)viancy

    love it.....awesome book..karma,its so wierd how every thing you do in life whether its good or bad, it always gets you back..and this book is such a great way to learn a lesson on how to treat people that love you..if you want to learn a little something about boyfriends, i highly recommend this book( sometimes love can be murder!!!!!) :0

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Elizabeth

    Honestly, I thought that The Boyfriend by R.L. Stine was intense!!! There was a lot of action, and drama. One part that I loved (Spoiler Alert) Is when Derrick (Joanna's Boyfriend) Comes back for her and wakes her up when she is sleeping in her room. I guess i liked that part because she thought he was dead. xP

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Hagen

    I love R.L Stine books. Every chapter in this book made me want to go to the next. It has a crazy twist to it, I enjoyed it right to the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Riffle

    You hear knocking at your bedroom window. The window slowly slides open as a shadowy figure steps into your room. You frantically reach for the light switch to see the intruders face. The intruder comes into view and it’s your boyfriend who just died not that long ago. He gets close and says “I’ve came back for you, I’ve came back from the dead”. This book was written great in explaining the suspense of what is happening scene by scene. R.L.Stine is one of my favorite authors because he knows ho You hear knocking at your bedroom window. The window slowly slides open as a shadowy figure steps into your room. You frantically reach for the light switch to see the intruders face. The intruder comes into view and it’s your boyfriend who just died not that long ago. He gets close and says “I’ve came back for you, I’ve came back from the dead”. This book was written great in explaining the suspense of what is happening scene by scene. R.L.Stine is one of my favorite authors because he knows how to get a reader to feel what the main character feels. I have read many of his books to know that this one is one of his best. This book The Boyfriend really has a lot of suspense and mystery. It also has a mild horror feel to it. I noticed while I was reading it I feel like my body was feeling the fright that the main character felt during the creepy sections in this book. This book is a trap because if you like suspense and mystery with a little horror you’ll get sucked right in and never want to put it down. I thought I wouldn’t like this book because it’s 28 years old but I actually really enjoyed it. I think you should consider giving this book a try if you like the generes I’ve mentioned. If you enjoy it you should checkout more of R.L.Stine books because he is a good author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline W.

    The Boyfriend by R.L Stine was not the best book I’ve ever read. There were parts of it that I loved, and parts that I was confused about. I think that this book would be enjoyed by bot boy and girl, because it has romance and horror. One of the main reasons I did like the book was because, the characters were very dynamic. They seemed real life because they changed a lot throughout the story. Joanna was self-centered at the beginning, but by the end she realized her self-centered ways could h The Boyfriend by R.L Stine was not the best book I’ve ever read. There were parts of it that I loved, and parts that I was confused about. I think that this book would be enjoyed by bot boy and girl, because it has romance and horror. One of the main reasons I did like the book was because, the characters were very dynamic. They seemed real life because they changed a lot throughout the story. Joanna was self-centered at the beginning, but by the end she realized her self-centered ways could have gotten her killed. Another thing I liked was the story plot. The plot was never predictable. It always left you guessing about what was going to happen next. Like how I thought Dex died not once but three times, but really he was actually alive. The most confusing part of the story was trying to put all of the pieces together. An example is how in the story the setting changed too much. You would be somewhere when you didn’t even leave the first place you started out at. Another confusing part was that her friend was playing her. She pretended to be her friend. Yet she did act like a good friend to Joanna. Even thought she was sneaking behind Joanna’s back and dating her boyfriend. I got several lessons from The Boyfriend. One of the main ones was don’t use people to get what you want or to purposely hurt them, because in the end you hurt yourself more. Another one of the lessons I got was don’t ever think you are better than the person next to you because you have more stuff. This book taught me a lot of important lessons those were only a few of the many.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    so far its good. dex joannas boyfriend fell off a cliff and died and all she did was driv away in her car and then she got in a crash on the way down by a truck. she had a dream bout that and then she had a nother dream that all of it was a dream but in real life it happend to her and her boyfriend.. so she was in the hosptial for a few weeks and then she got out. she really didnt care what happend to dex cause she was going to break up with him in the first plasce. and as dex was off the cliff so far its good. dex joannas boyfriend fell off a cliff and died and all she did was driv away in her car and then she got in a crash on the way down by a truck. she had a dream bout that and then she had a nother dream that all of it was a dream but in real life it happend to her and her boyfriend.. so she was in the hosptial for a few weeks and then she got out. she really didnt care what happend to dex cause she was going to break up with him in the first plasce. and as dex was off the cliff laying there screaming his friend was there to try to help him but he couldnt do anything cause joanna was juss running away cause she didnt no what to do so instead she called 911 and they cam to help him but he waqs alreayd dead

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cabernay Wheeler

    Throughout the years, i have always read R.L. Stine books. When I was reading this book, I ended up liking it a lot more than I probably thought I would. So Joanna and Dex have been dating for a long time. Joanna ends up cheating on him, but he does not know. She cheats on him with a guy named Shep. Dex messes around a lot. Well one day they decide to go and mess around on a cliff. Dex ends up slipping and Joanna leaves in hurry and gets in a car accident. She is told that Dex did not make it. T Throughout the years, i have always read R.L. Stine books. When I was reading this book, I ended up liking it a lot more than I probably thought I would. So Joanna and Dex have been dating for a long time. Joanna ends up cheating on him, but he does not know. She cheats on him with a guy named Shep. Dex messes around a lot. Well one day they decide to go and mess around on a cliff. Dex ends up slipping and Joanna leaves in hurry and gets in a car accident. She is told that Dex did not make it. Throughout the story Dex comes back to haunt Joanna because she abandoned him. What really happened to Dex? I'll let you figure that out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Salina

    After i read this book ,i was afraid to have a boyfriend =] ...this guy named dex is dating this girl joanna.joanna doesnt really care about him as much as she used to ..so dex plays a trick on her by purposefully falling on a cliff and telling his friend pete to tell joanna that he is dead.joanna keeps seeing him and she tells her friends that he came back from the dead..later on in the book pete calls joanna nd tells her that dex is coming back from the dead to kill her...when dex arrived at t After i read this book ,i was afraid to have a boyfriend =] ...this guy named dex is dating this girl joanna.joanna doesnt really care about him as much as she used to ..so dex plays a trick on her by purposefully falling on a cliff and telling his friend pete to tell joanna that he is dead.joanna keeps seeing him and she tells her friends that he came back from the dead..later on in the book pete calls joanna nd tells her that dex is coming back from the dead to kill her...when dex arrived at the joannas house got scared so she killed dex...the rest of the book is up to you to read...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Have you ever felt that the guy you were dating was not really the love of your life? Well in The Boyfriend Joanna dates a poor guy named Dex. Joanna's friend knows everyone of her secrets and knows that Joanna really does not like Dex and is going out with another guy. Joanna's friend is madly in love with Dex and tells Dex about Joanna. Together they set a trap and say that Dex is dead and he comes back from the dead. Their plan worked and made Joanna regret everything that she had done badly to people Have you ever felt that the guy you were dating was not really the love of your life? Well in The Boyfriend Joanna dates a poor guy named Dex. Joanna's friend knows everyone of her secrets and knows that Joanna really does not like Dex and is going out with another guy. Joanna's friend is madly in love with Dex and tells Dex about Joanna. Together they set a trap and say that Dex is dead and he comes back from the dead. Their plan worked and made Joanna regret everything that she had done badly to people. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read scary, suspenseful stories.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    I took a break from those long books and decided to go for a lighter read for some fun. I'm very much into horror books and whatnot, so R.L. Stein was an almsot immidiate choice. The general plot is not very original but the author still very much grabs you by the hair and drags you into his world. The multiple twists make one go "Woah! I did not see that comming!" which adds even more to the suspense build up present in the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    hmmmmm great thriller, teenage johanna....i forgot her last name, but her boyfriend dex is a goof off and johanna like to keep him waiting, but she goes too far. Her dex and dex's friend go to some spot all teens go, but there is a cliff, knowing dex she knew he was gonna make a scene, but she didnt know the cliff wasnt secure, when dex goes and goofs off up there the rock dalls and so does he. butt is dex really dead???

  28. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Oh my gosh! I love this book i can't believe that he dies but he's still alive. But at the end he's not dating her anymore so he like comes back to get her. but she kills him again! She takes a knife and sticks it in his chest. The author uses good details in writing it that I read it like 5 times already.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shea

    i read this book after my sister and i really liked it. THis book is about a girl. She doesn't like her boyfriend, Dex. So she decides to use him. She likes this other boy. She wants to break up with Dex but she doesn't want to hurt his feelings, so she's going to date both boys at the same time. Your going to have to read the book if you want to find out more.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    I was a huge R.L. Stine fan in my early teens! I loved all the fear street books! They are what got me into reading again! :) Having fun now rereading all of these again but now with my daughter, however this one is not as good as I remembered it when I was younger.

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