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She appears in Megan's mirror one day, nothing more than a wispy, shadowy plume, glowing with an eerie light. Her voice is faint and hollow, like a distant echo. The voice of a young girl. Strangest of all is her request. "I beg you to trade places with me, Megan. For just one week. Let me live again." Megan is overcome with fear. Yet she is drawn to the shadow in the mirror, una/>Megan/>"I/>Strangest She appears in Megan's mirror one day, nothing more than a wispy, shadowy plume, glowing with an eerie light. Her voice is faint and hollow, like a distant echo. The voice of a young girl. Strangest of all is her request. "I beg you to trade places with me, Megan. For just one week. Let me live again." Megan is overcome with fear. Yet she is drawn to the shadow in the mirror, unable to look away. Fascinated by the oddly soothing voice, she listens to a tale of a horrible accident many years before. A tale she would never forget. Gradually, Megan begins to realize that she has no choice. As terrified as she is, she knows she must make the trade....


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She appears in Megan's mirror one day, nothing more than a wispy, shadowy plume, glowing with an eerie light. Her voice is faint and hollow, like a distant echo. The voice of a young girl. Strangest of all is her request. "I beg you to trade places with me, Megan. For just one week. Let me live again." Megan is overcome with fear. Yet she is drawn to the shadow in the mirror, una/>Megan/>"I/>Strangest She appears in Megan's mirror one day, nothing more than a wispy, shadowy plume, glowing with an eerie light. Her voice is faint and hollow, like a distant echo. The voice of a young girl. Strangest of all is her request. "I beg you to trade places with me, Megan. For just one week. Let me live again." Megan is overcome with fear. Yet she is drawn to the shadow in the mirror, unable to look away. Fascinated by the oddly soothing voice, she listens to a tale of a horrible accident many years before. A tale she would never forget. Gradually, Megan begins to realize that she has no choice. As terrified as she is, she knows she must make the trade....

30 review for The Accident

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rae Ganci Hammers

    Read my copy to shreds as a kid. Held up as well as I expected for a nostalgic re-read. Oh, I just 'heart' middle-school horror. <3

  2. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I read this book online via Open Library. Cost: Free Title: The Accident Series: Point Horror #16 Author: Diane Hoh Overall Rating: 4 stars When a car accident seriously injures three of her friends, Megan begins to hear the voices of a girl called Juliet, who was in accident herself and died. All she wants is a week in Megan's body, and Megan thinks she's kind and gentle. Why wouldn't she let this girl have a week of life? But as the week goes on, J/>/>/>/> Source: I read this book online via Open Library. Cost: Free Title: The Accident Series: Point Horror #16 Author: Diane Hoh Overall Rating: 4 stars When a car accident seriously injures three of her friends, Megan begins to hear the voices of a girl called Juliet, who was in accident herself and died. All she wants is a week in Megan's body, and Megan thinks she's kind and gentle. Why wouldn't she let this girl have a week of life? But as the week goes on, Juliet's intentions become more dark and sinister. How can Megan get her body back if nobody can hear her? I loved the other Diane Hoh books that I've read, 1990's teen horror is a genre that I absolutely love. It's so cheesy but it's just so good. I think that this book is a really good addition to the Point Horror series, and I'm excited to read more of her books as I make my way through this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/07... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/tales-p... Al 5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/07... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/tales-p... All in all I personally liked this book - classic retro point horror! For more reviews and book chat please visit www.talesofyesterday.co.uk Please be aware that the discussion will contain spoilers!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pao Yang

    It's a very interesting book because just how this girl who can see a ghost and how she have to make a very big decision with this ghost girl that was around her age but have die long ago. The decision was to trade place with the ghost for about a week and ....... Yup that's all I can see, don't want to spoils things

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    I used to enjoy collecting the Point Horror series as a teen. This title is one of a few that I can't really recall having. Found it to be an enjoyable read, but not one of Hoh's best.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    I read this book a bunch of times when I was younger. Someone recently donated it to my little free library and I am not feeling well today so i decided to re read it. It's an entertaining story, a little sparse on characterization. I guess the only thing I really don't like is how all the teenagers talk like they're from the 50's "Oh that's just rotten!"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    this book took me back to my teenage years when I first read this book. I loved reading the book again it was just as fab as I remembered. I am going to work my way through more of her point horror books.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    So far out of the Point Horror rereads, this has been my favourite. Yes, there are plot holes (which I'm choosing to ignore for enjoyment sake) and rather insipid characters who make silly decisions, but overall this had intrigue and mystery and was well thought out. Ended rather abruptly but I suppose that's just the given way for these books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    This book was in a pile of old "scary" books I found on the shelves at my parents' place. I couldn't remember the story, though the nostalgia factor loomed large as I read it. I give it 4* for the way it transported me back to the early 90s. I remember being jealous that Megan had a phone in her bedroom - something I never had at home. I couldn't help but think how different the story would be taking into account today's technology. Cellphones, internet... Still, the plot would largel This book was in a pile of old "scary" books I found on the shelves at my parents' place. I couldn't remember the story, though the nostalgia factor loomed large as I read it. I give it 4* for the way it transported me back to the early 90s. I remember being jealous that Megan had a phone in her bedroom - something I never had at home. I couldn't help but think how different the story would be taking into account today's technology. Cellphones, internet... Still, the plot would largely hold up just as well in 2019 as it did in 1991. I give it 2* for writing/editing. Everything felt clunky in a way that almost made me give up a few pages into the story. The story had some plot and characterization issues, but mostly it was mechanical issues that made me cringe.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nia Ireland

    This book is a blast from my past – I used to listen to the audiobook of this title on cassette on my way home from school! I’ve been obsessively trying to figure out the name of the title again off and on for years until I finally asked my brother and BOOM, he instantly remembered it. I bought it on the Kindle for old time’s sake and it’s as good as I remember – delightfully 90s with Sweet Sixteen birthday parties, landline telephones and a teenage girl trapped in a mirror. The story is formula This book is a blast from my past – I used to listen to the audiobook of this title on cassette on my way home from school! I’ve been obsessively trying to figure out the name of the title again off and on for years until I finally asked my brother and BOOM, he instantly remembered it. I bought it on the Kindle for old time’s sake and it’s as good as I remember – delightfully 90s with Sweet Sixteen birthday parties, landline telephones and a teenage girl trapped in a mirror. The story is formulaic and comforting, I can see myself reading this book over and over again now I’ve found it again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    As with all Point Horror (yes, I enjoy a 90s MG), pre mobile phones is something that I imagine an MG audience would find difficult to comprehend. But this one, with spirits with dead girls is full of things that aren't comprehendible! Enjoyable, easy to read, don't expect too much. AND NEVER SWITCH BODIES WITH DEAD PEOPLE!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was super predictable, but still enjoyable despite the fact that Justin wasn't a very compelling romantic interest. What really killed this book was the ending - the author could have written a much better and more interesting conclusion to the story instead of (view spoiler)[having Julietta bastically just give up. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alejandra Delgado Barajas

    This book is a good book for a quick, fun read. The book itself would have benefited from a longer length to help the story go more smoothly. There was quit a few plot holes but it did not bother me so much. I would not recommend this book for people who are very fickle with a story and it’s plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The story is good in parts

  15. 4 out of 5

    curleduptoes

    This book was so much fun. A quick read full of thrill and creepiness. Megan was superb!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Isela Redman

    One of those teen thriller quickies from the '90s. Predictable plotline, but still fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tazzie Dee

    In the tiny village of Lakeside, nothing much happens. And then one day, the shadow of a young girl called Juliet appears in Megan’s mirror. She begs Megan to trade places with her for a week. Megan is both reluctant and yet fascinated and curious and she eventually agrees to do so. But as the week goes on, Megan’s family and friends are attacked one by one and Juliet’s behaviour becomes more worrying. Can Megan really trust Juliet? And will she ever get her life back? I read this as In the tiny village of Lakeside, nothing much happens. And then one day, the shadow of a young girl called Juliet appears in Megan’s mirror. She begs Megan to trade places with her for a week. Megan is both reluctant and yet fascinated and curious and she eventually agrees to do so. But as the week goes on, Megan’s family and friends are attacked one by one and Juliet’s behaviour becomes more worrying. Can Megan really trust Juliet? And will she ever get her life back? I read this as a teenager and I loved it. And now after 10 years, I can honestly say it’s still as good as I remembered.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emma Ruth

    I just love re-reading this book, okay?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    This was one of my childhood favourites. Reading it again, I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. I think I'd have liked it better if I'd read it under a different imprint, at a different time. It's not really a horror story, more of an urban fantasy, and as I'm reading these books in October (Halloween season!) horror and crazed killers are what I want. In addition, I came to this one off the back of Trick or Treat, so anything was bound to be a disappointment. That said, it is a nice bo This was one of my childhood favourites. Reading it again, I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. I think I'd have liked it better if I'd read it under a different imprint, at a different time. It's not really a horror story, more of an urban fantasy, and as I'm reading these books in October (Halloween season!) horror and crazed killers are what I want. In addition, I came to this one off the back of Trick or Treat, so anything was bound to be a disappointment. That said, it is a nice book. There's not a lot of suspense in it - I think any reader could have worked out early who the bad guy is - nor many chills, but it's nicely written with a very appealing heroine. Megan is shy and dreamy, so when she first sees a ghost in her mirror she thinks she's imagining things. After all, three of her friends were in a terrible accident that day and she's under a lot of stress. She's not dreaming, though - hanging out in her mirror is Juliet, a girl Megan's age who drowned in the lake. She begs Megan for a chance to take over her body for a week, so she can experience life again, and Megan - the soft-hearted sort - eventually agrees. But she spends the week worrying, because someone is attacking her friends and family, leaving taunting pictures for her as clues as to who will be next. And Juliet isn't acting like someone who'll be gone in a few days. I didn't like the whole picture thing, it felt random and unnecessary to the plot. The reasons behind the attacks on Megan's family and friends were never explained to my satisfaction, particularly since none of them were killed and few of the "accidents" were serious. But the writing was good enough to keep my attention, and Megan is a fun heroine. Even if she did make the unspeakably stupid choice to swap places with a dead girl. (Don't. It never goes well.) Verdict: Lighter than other Point Horror books, with a certain sweetness to it. Good for kids, or for anyone looking for something light and fun.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barakiel

    Recommend this to teen girls who would like to read a thrilling, suspenseful supernatural story. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a fifteen-year-old.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Peyton

    I'm giving this such a high rating due to its unique subject matter. Most Point Horror novels deal with the typical murder mystery mixed with high school drama, and while this did have HS elements , (they are teenagers after all), this one has the added attraction of an evil ghost who manipulates our protagonist into switching places with her in order to enjoy the sweet sixteen I believe it was, that she never had. I think what really grabbed me in the story was that no one noticed the differenc I'm giving this such a high rating due to its unique subject matter. Most Point Horror novels deal with the typical murder mystery mixed with high school drama, and while this did have HS elements , (they are teenagers after all), this one has the added attraction of an evil ghost who manipulates our protagonist into switching places with her in order to enjoy the sweet sixteen I believe it was, that she never had. I think what really grabbed me in the story was that no one noticed the differences in personality between Megan and the ghost; Megan is a mild mannered good girl who loves her family. The ghost was a brash spoiled brat who blew off the requests Megan asked for in exchange for switching places, no matter how small. I will say that I wanted to pop Megan on the head for agreeing to this switch in the first place: obviously this chick is shady and if you make a deal with a devil, odds are they will come to collect. A short spooky read well worth your time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara L.

    This is not a genre that would usually interest me. I came across it on the library website and checked it out. I've been trying new genres lately and this did NOT disappoint! I was drawn in and could NOT put it down! This book had incredible suspense, lovable characters, and intense plot. Reading YA as a parent makes me look at them through multiple lenses: my own perspective when I was a young adult, what I would think about my future Jr. High/High Schooler reading it, and my perspective as an This is not a genre that would usually interest me. I came across it on the library website and checked it out. I've been trying new genres lately and this did NOT disappoint! I was drawn in and could NOT put it down! This book had incredible suspense, lovable characters, and intense plot. Reading YA as a parent makes me look at them through multiple lenses: my own perspective when I was a young adult, what I would think about my future Jr. High/High Schooler reading it, and my perspective as an adult reader. I enjoyed this book on every level.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Morris

    WOW~ A short read that captures the reader instantly! This book has action, adventure, romance, mystery, and ghosts! It's about a girl (Megan) who comes in contact with a shy ghost (Juliet) who wants nothing more than to celebrate the 16th birthday she never got to have. Megan has the opportunity to help this spirit have her dream before passing into the afterlife, but if she does help her, what will it cost her and will she ever be the same again? So much fun! I have students fighting over this WOW~ A short read that captures the reader instantly! This book has action, adventure, romance, mystery, and ghosts! It's about a girl (Megan) who comes in contact with a shy ghost (Juliet) who wants nothing more than to celebrate the 16th birthday she never got to have. Megan has the opportunity to help this spirit have her dream before passing into the afterlife, but if she does help her, what will it cost her and will she ever be the same again? So much fun! I have students fighting over this book all the time! I need to buy more of her stand alone books for my class.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gustav Taljegard

    The Accident is a book made by writer Diane Hoh. The book is about a teenage girl who faces a strange women in a mirror. The mysterious lady is apparently dead and that happened for many years ago. The lady died in an accident and now she wants to trade lives with the poor teenager. The teenager takes her offer into consideration after she loses her voice. I personally think that this book has a very good potential but I am not a fan of the extreme unrealistic parts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    H.orses

    The reason I had gotten this book in the first place was was because it seemed like a really good horror book. In the end it was a great book but I would have preferred it to be a little more scary. Nothing really bad happens in the end or in the middle... or in the beginning. No deaths, just a lot of people getting mysteriously hurt. I liked the writing and it was a fun short read, just wished it had actually scared me a little.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    Would you swap places with a ghost for a week? That's the dilemma facing Megan and, of course, nothing is as it seems. First one of my 2017 alphabetical re-read of the Point Horror Series. This one is ok but not as good as some of the others. Rating:3 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma Meade

    Loved this book when I was a kid. Re-read it today, 15 years later and it's as good as I remembered. Eerie, haunting and original. Would you exchange places with a ghost hanging out in your bedroom mirror?

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This book was great, and properly freaked me out for a while! I found myself avoiding the mirror as much as possible while i was reading this book because it just felt so real! You know its a good book when it makes you feel like you're there!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I spent 5 years looking for it again but I couldn't remember the name. We have finally been reunited and I absolutely still love it. A great read. I would recommend it to anyone

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Quick review for this as I didn't read it in English, but in French. The main thing that bothered me about this book was Marianne's (her name is Marianne, not Megan in French) decisions. With that, I leave two stars.

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