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Kerry's had a very bad year. But now his luck has finally changed. He's got a blind date with a girl who sounds really hot. He can't wait. He knows this girl is going to be really different. Kerry's right. Because his blind date really is the girl of his dreams. Or maybe his worst nightmares...


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Kerry's had a very bad year. But now his luck has finally changed. He's got a blind date with a girl who sounds really hot. He can't wait. He knows this girl is going to be really different. Kerry's right. Because his blind date really is the girl of his dreams. Or maybe his worst nightmares...

30 review for Blind Date

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tyler J [They/He] (Wickedjr Reads)

    Well that was a fun time. It took me a bit to get into it (not sure if that was the book or me) but had a fun time trying to figure out what was really going on, and no, I didn't guess it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie Ruble

    Recently read this again after telling my students I was addicted to YA horror novels when I was little. It had some surprisingly mature content (e.g. sexual innuendo) and I was glad I didn't just stick it on my classroom shelf! Yikes. It was all right. Essentially just like I remembered it. Lots of brief, choppy sentences that I suppose were there to build some suspense. It was a bit annoying to discover that many of events in this, RL Stine's first YA book, were repeated in other books afterwa Recently read this again after telling my students I was addicted to YA horror novels when I was little. It had some surprisingly mature content (e.g. sexual innuendo) and I was glad I didn't just stick it on my classroom shelf! Yikes. It was all right. Essentially just like I remembered it. Lots of brief, choppy sentences that I suppose were there to build some suspense. It was a bit annoying to discover that many of events in this, RL Stine's first YA book, were repeated in other books afterward (e.g. losing one's memory after a traumatic experience, head-on car collisions after driving recklessly due to being upset, etc.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Latasha

    3.5 this fun little nugget of nostalgia had a couple of surprises. i didn't guess either one of them. This doesn't take place on Fear Street but i think he totally put it in the book. You'll know it when you read it. Sure sounded like Fear Street to me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Zoé-lee O'farrell

    So Blind Date! So cheesy! The plot itself is a good one in a sense, an accident that happens, Kerry, the main character doesn’t remember what happened that night and no one will tell him. Cue the opening scenes and he breaks the star quarterback’s leg – by accident! This starts the most bizarre episodes of his life. Like I said the plot is good, it’s plausible but the characters are cring-gy! Kerry becomes obsessed with a voice on a phone. A random girl calls him up and asks him out o So Blind Date! So cheesy! The plot itself is a good one in a sense, an accident that happens, Kerry, the main character doesn’t remember what happened that night and no one will tell him. Cue the opening scenes and he breaks the star quarterback’s leg – by accident! This starts the most bizarre episodes of his life. Like I said the plot is good, it’s plausible but the characters are cring-gy! Kerry becomes obsessed with a voice on a phone. A random girl calls him up and asks him out on a date, his friend Margo, told Mandy to call him and ask him out. Just from her “sexy” and “foxy” voice, Kerry decided she must be fit, he quickly and somewhat desperately agrees to take her out on a date, who is this woman? One thing I found so laughable was when Kerry was driving to pick Mandy up on their date to the cinema, he was thinking this! And of course, she probably wouldn’t want to “go all the way” until after the movie. But he could understand that. He liked a girl with some old-fashioned values. Wait…what!!! Old fashioned values are putting out after the movie, so if she did it in the intermission she would be deemed as a “modern girl”, easy maybe?! I mean I did chuckle at this. How dated, and how wrong! Kerry had not even had his first kiss at this point! Seriously boy! Whilst we have the mysterious date to ponder, strange things are happening to Kerry. Sent to the wrong address where he is shouted at by shocked parents, threatening and creepy phone calls, noises he can not explain. All seem to be linking back to an incident that happened a year ago that he cannot remember and he does not want to remember. I mean I want to know – how rude! What caused him to lose his memory? Why should he be afraid of his brother? So many unanswered questions, but he is so loved with a mysterious voice that he does not want to investigate any further and brushes everything off. When we meet the voice, the girl, Mandy, she is instantly the stereotypical hot chick in a thriller and surprise surprise Kerry is obsessed. But things are not adding up at all and Kerry finally starts to question everything. This was a quick and easy read and for the second in the Point Horror series, I just hope things do pick up. Back in the day, I would have probably loved this book, nowadays I rolled my eyes, I laughed and I wondered how anyone could survive a Blind Date! This is Stine’s first book in this genre and it does show, as mentioned, he has a fabulous plot idea, just the execution is like a bit of whiffy cheese. However, I was invested in the story and I needed to know what the final outcome was going to be and in true Stine style, there is a twist you do not see coming.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leigha

    3.5 rounded up. I enjoyed this reread. It was fun going down nostalgia lane. I'm glad this one was more of a hit, rather than a miss.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Evan Li

    At first i really thought that this book would have just been just "some book" and that it would just be like any other book. But it was a really good book, it has a weird "plot"i has a really unusual story line its not like a all the other horror books or movies i've seen its not a monster or an ghost or any other kind of paranormal creature but in this book its a girl that is the monster. The book made me feel strange, in way i was sometimes scare, and at times i was a bit nervous becau At first i really thought that this book would have just been just "some book" and that it would just be like any other book. But it was a really good book, it has a weird "plot"i has a really unusual story line its not like a all the other horror books or movies i've seen its not a monster or an ghost or any other kind of paranormal creature but in this book its a girl that is the monster. The book made me feel strange, in way i was sometimes scare, and at times i was a bit nervous because he book is so well written that it makes me feel this way for example when the main character finds out that the girl isnt so hot or nice i felt not surprised because i read the "summary" of it but when i first read the book it told me about how batd the main character's life is and at that point i felt bad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    Blind Date was creepy but not very original. The writing style was choppy, the characters were boring and the vocabulary was more like what you'd see in a book for twelve-year-olds, not young adults. But I'm a big fan of low-budget horror films and these nostalgic little paperback horror novels just because I like reading them at night. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dee ~ Proudest Nanna Of Little Millie ~

    A thrilling read, full of scary bits!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    This book was R.L. Stine’s first thriller and its humorous origin is worth looking into. I’ve been a fan of Stine for years. I wanted to look back to the roots of this author’s scary side. And with this comes his thriller debut, Blind Date. This book has a considerably intriguing premise. A teenager named Kerry begins receiving calls from an unknown girl claiming to be his Blind Date. Much more is happening in this story but I feel it would be a disservice to reveal this in a summary. And to sta This book was R.L. Stine’s first thriller and its humorous origin is worth looking into. I’ve been a fan of Stine for years. I wanted to look back to the roots of this author’s scary side. And with this comes his thriller debut, Blind Date. This book has a considerably intriguing premise. A teenager named Kerry begins receiving calls from an unknown girl claiming to be his Blind Date. Much more is happening in this story but I feel it would be a disservice to reveal this in a summary. And to start, this is a fairly enjoyable read. As this was his first book of the genre, Stine is trying to find his voice, tone, and writing style but this is never too distracting. There are many subplots to this story, one of which is vital to the main narrative, but others can feel superfluous at times. The main characters feel real enough to keep your interest, but in the last act of this story, it seems that our protagonist, Kerry, loses a lot of his wit becoming oblivious to reveals likely foreseen by the reader. This leads to one of this book’s biggest problems and that is the story can be, at times, predictable. R.L. Stine is known for having twists and turns in all his stories, and while this book has its fair share, it is clear that he has improved his usage of these over time. Regardless, this book has an intriguing enough plot, passable characters, and some effective reveals throughout that proved in his first outing that R.L. Stine had potential in the genre. 5/10

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I thought this was a very well crafted book. It is about a boy that gets a date with a girls sister that his brother caused the death of. His brother then went in to a mental hospital along with this girls sister. The guys brother tould this dead girls sister everything about him and she got out of the hospital and found this guys brother. (sorry if that is really confusing.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Divimishra

    nice book not so terrifying, the ending was lame and predictable could be finished easily in an hour or two if you are looking for a book that that really scares you don't go for this book you will be disappointed

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monique Mabin

    This was a good and interesting read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    I don’t actually remember whether I read this one in my teens or not, but the style and formula were instantly recognisable. Kerry is having a run of bad luck, with a whole load of his schoolmates blaming him for the serious injury of their school’s star player. Now he’s out of the team, and everyone seems out to get him. Add that to his missing brother that no one talks about, and his missing memories from the previous year, and you would think he has plenty to worry about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cazzy

    I loved the Point Horror series as a pre/teen in the 90s and have loved sourcing some from Amazon and re-reading. My review score is based on a Point Horror/YA benchmark, rather than adult fiction. This was one I definitely didn't read back in the day and I don't remeber this ever being out in the UK, however it's listed on this website as Point Horror #1 and is also credited as the first PH on Wikipedia. Interestingly, the copy I got was branded as a 'Point', rather than I loved the Point Horror series as a pre/teen in the 90s and have loved sourcing some from Amazon and re-reading. My review score is based on a Point Horror/YA benchmark, rather than adult fiction. This was one I definitely didn't read back in the day and I don't remeber this ever being out in the UK, however it's listed on this website as Point Horror #1 and is also credited as the first PH on Wikipedia. Interestingly, the copy I got was branded as a 'Point', rather than 'Point Horror' book and there were definitely some differences to the usual PH style. It seemed a little more adult, referencing sex and under age drinking and the scenes containing violence were a little more graphic than later publications under the PH banner. These were all good things in my opinion. It was easy to predict where the story was going as an adult, but as a teen back in the late 80s, it might have been less predictable. It was well written and entertaining for the genre. I did miss the pang of nostalgia though, never having read this one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I think this was the first-ever Point Horror book, but man was it a weird one. I know I've read it at least once, because I knew the cover and remembered the moose head scene when I got to it, but there wasn't anything memorable about it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deseray

    I liked this book because it always kept me on the edge of my seat. The main characters are Kerry and Mandy, after Kerry loses his memory he decided to go on a blind date to cheer himself up. Mandy his date is basically perfect in every way, almost.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma Ruth

    Read this on the plane to America, not the best Point Horror I've ever read and I absolutely love these books. I really hope I'm not getting too old to appreciate them. Also didn't see that plot twist coming, maybe because it was so ridiculous.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ortega

    One classic book from my teenage years. It had a different cover art though. And the catch phrase was "It wasn't a date. It was a nightmare." A page turner, this story kept me wondering what will happen next. And totally unexpected turning out of things!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Predictable if you've read newer R.L. Stine but well worth the trip down memory lane.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kim Clough

    A re-read of a childhood book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Atul Krishna

    This book was rather a thriller than a horror novel. I was expecting something scary from R.L. Stine, but he disappointed all his readers with such stupid stories...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    This was apparently Stine’s first YA novel after loads of children’s books. With all due respect... it shows.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julien Houle

    This first entry in the popular Point Horror young adult series is one of R.L. Stine’s best thrillers. While Stine’s usual literary approach has an unfortunate tendency to leave various plot points dangling and ultimately robbing them of their significance, here his writing and plotting are straightforward, and the result is a satisfying narrative. The momentum steadily builds and lead character Kerry is an unusually thoughtful adolescent character, which makes for a surprisingly compelling read This first entry in the popular Point Horror young adult series is one of R.L. Stine’s best thrillers. While Stine’s usual literary approach has an unfortunate tendency to leave various plot points dangling and ultimately robbing them of their significance, here his writing and plotting are straightforward, and the result is a satisfying narrative. The momentum steadily builds and lead character Kerry is an unusually thoughtful adolescent character, which makes for a surprisingly compelling read. It’s a bit on the predictable side, but by the final reveal, the novel has accrued enough good will to result in a satisfying experience. More at http://popculturethoughts.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rusty

    Stine is an awesome writer who weaves a tale that keeps the reader guessing. A young member of our family loves his books so I felt that I had to read this one before I sent it on to him. It has the teenage angst, fears and doubts that plague most of us as we travel through these years of change. Kerry's day begins with an accident at football practice where he falls on the star quarterback whose leg is broken. Most of the team members and his girl friend believe that he did it on pur Stine is an awesome writer who weaves a tale that keeps the reader guessing. A young member of our family loves his books so I felt that I had to read this one before I sent it on to him. It has the teenage angst, fears and doubts that plague most of us as we travel through these years of change. Kerry's day begins with an accident at football practice where he falls on the star quarterback whose leg is broken. Most of the team members and his girl friend believe that he did it on purpose because Kerry is the backup quarterback. Kerry is a quiet unobtrusive young man who prefers reading to football. He participates in this sport because his older brother, Donald, was a star player. He idolizes Donald and wants to please his father so he plays football until the accident that is. Suddenly he finds himself off the team and ostracized by many of his classmates. Yet something interesting happens to him. He gets a call from a girl whose voice is sexy and provocative. Kerry finds himself drawn to her and begins to date her. However, the relationship turns into terror when Kerry finally remembers what happened during the missing time period of his life. He remembers driving his brother's car, crashing it and his brother's girl friend is killed. Why this memory emerges now he doesn't know but he is soon to find out. It's a nice little mystery filled with the right about of terror.

  25. 5 out of 5

    James Bai

    When reading the book Blind Date by R.L. Stine, I found that it was a very good book that had plot twists in it. When showing how the main character Kerry has a brother who is supposedly ''insane'' named Donald but that all changes when Kerry meets a girl named Mandy. As soon as he meets this girl named Mandy, he has been getting threatening phone calls from an anonymous person, he has been terrified but then Mandy was soothing him of that fear. Out of the blue comes a phone call from Donald tel When reading the book Blind Date by R.L. Stine, I found that it was a very good book that had plot twists in it. When showing how the main character Kerry has a brother who is supposedly ''insane'' named Donald but that all changes when Kerry meets a girl named Mandy. As soon as he meets this girl named Mandy, he has been getting threatening phone calls from an anonymous person, he has been terrified but then Mandy was soothing him of that fear. Out of the blue comes a phone call from Donald telling him to be careful and how he is coming. Since Kerry thought that Donald was trying to kill him and Mandy, he tells Mandy all about it but then she suggests an idea of hiding in the shelter in the woods. All was going well but then this is the part where the plot twist kicks in, ''It was you! You made all those phone calls''(R.L. Stine 184). Just as he thought that it was his end, his brother Donald comes to save the day and Donald explain the whole situation to his family and the police and since then they lived a peaceful life after all the trouble.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Fidis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was disappointed at first when Stine revealed that Mandy was behind all the pranks and threats against Kerry. I usually don't guess what the big reveal is in his books. I totally guessed that Mandy was Amanda's sister and was seeking revenge for the accident. After Donald showed up and explained that Mandy is really Nancy, a mental patient whom Donald confided in, I felt a lot better because I was not expecting that twist. This book was great! Ever time I opened it I didn't want to stop readin I was disappointed at first when Stine revealed that Mandy was behind all the pranks and threats against Kerry. I usually don't guess what the big reveal is in his books. I totally guessed that Mandy was Amanda's sister and was seeking revenge for the accident. After Donald showed up and explained that Mandy is really Nancy, a mental patient whom Donald confided in, I felt a lot better because I was not expecting that twist. This book was great! Ever time I opened it I didn't want to stop reading it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Blind date is a mystery/horror book that I really enjoy because I love the plot twist and how it reveal the mystery one by one. My favorite part was how he remember a piece of memory that he have forgotten also how he mistakenly heard something wrong on the phone and the end was really good because it explain everything.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Chandler

    Yes, I still read R.L. Stine, and no, I'm not ashamed to admit it. Of the countless number of Middle Grade Horror books I've read in my time, Blind Date is sadly one of the ones that will soon be forgotten. The suspense just wasn't there, I didn't find the character's reliable, and there just wasn't the usual surprise ending. This book was a bore for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tiffy L.

    I used to eat these books up as a kid! And recently I had a nostalgia attack for them so I picked this one up. The details were good but I forgot how bad the dialogue was until I read it and it came flooding back to me. I liked the details and twists and turns of the book and think I'll re read more in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Niceawsomederrick1

    In the book blind date is about a boy in high school who got kicked off the football team and is sent to on a wild goose chase by some mystry girl. I thought it was a great book. I would recommend it to every one who loves mystery. I just love the authors work. I wish every one could read this.

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