Published: April 2015
Series: New Fear Street #2
The second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, which sold 80 million copies around the world, making it one of the bestselling young adult series of all time.
R.L. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back after almost 2 decades. Fear Street is a worldwide phenomenon and helped to kick off the young adult craze which is still going strong today. In the second new book in this series, Don't Stay Up Late, Stine explores the unbridled terror of a damaged young lady sent on a doomed babysitting job.
Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head.
But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting.
With Don't Stay Up Late we are thrust back into the quaint town of Shadyside with it's rather ominous and historical street called Fear Street. The rumors are true, the place is one hellish area to live or even visit.
As per the usual R.L. Stine flare, the opening sentence is a hook and draws you in. I become acquainted with Lisa, a girl who began normal but comes to suffer hallucinations after a tragic car accident. After this she becomes confused on what is real, and what isn't.
She starts a babysitting job at 32 Fear Street. My first thought was: "thank goodness it's not 99 Fear Street, that place is messed up." Anyway, the babysitting job has a little boy who cannot stay up late. Here R.L. Stine utilizes his talent of isolating the main character. It's the perfect tactic when relating to teenagers. I remember often feeling alone, and it's usually quite terrifying.
This book somehow seemed longer than most Fear Street novels. As soon as I thought it was close to finishing, something else would happen. The never ending cliffhanger chapter endings were beginning to grow tiresome as most were false alarms. I did however enjoy the main character Lisa. She was sometimes erratic which is explained as she's both a teenager with a head trauma and suffering from hallucinations. It'd be tough if you couldn't even trust yourself.
The pacing was a bit staccato and the other characters were wishy-washy at best but the main storyline was interesting. The main character was a true-blue teenager and the idea surrounding the story was inventive.
It was a tad predictable for a novice reader but I think YA fans will still like the thrills and chills of the classic R.L. Stine style.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.
Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA's Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.