The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

by R.L. Stine

This guys got killer looksLauren and Crystal think Scott has it all.

Hes handsome.

Hes the new star of Shadyside Highs football team.

  • Series: Fear Street
  • Language: English
  • Category: Horror
  • Rating: 3.69
  • Pages: 147
  • Publish Date: June 1st 1996 by Simon Pulse
  • Isbn10: 0671894323
  • Isbn13: 9780671894320

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In fact, I loved the movie The Good Son. But I feel like this would have been a better plot for the movie. Best friends (of course) Lynne & Crystal decide that they want Scott for themselves. Scott has just moved next door to Crystal. Crystal's sister Melinda seems like she might be a little interested in him too. Meanwhile, Scott is dreaming about killing the dog of one of his many slutty neighbors. Crystal wanders over to find the whole gang at Scott's house: Lynne and their mutual friend Jake is always there. Scott doesn't like jeans. Lynne seems to be making more headway with Scott than Crystal so far. Come to think of it, Scott sounds EXACTLY like the mom from Carrie. One day Lynne and Crystal are joking around when Crystal decides to prank call Scott. She tells Scott that Lynne doesn't know how to behave. Crystal is worried about her and comes over just in time to watch Lynne dying from carbon monoxide poisoning. Crystal is, of course, devastated by Lynne's death. Scott doesn't feel much other than wishing that Lynne had behaved herself so he didn't have to kill her. Crystal thinks she should change her image before she goes, but Melinda likes the way she looks. It's a good thing, because when she shows up Scott dreams that he punches Melinda's jaw for wearing a mini-skirt! When Scott invites Melinda to dinner the following Saturday Crystal chases after with a blush brush. The following week Melinda has completely transformed into Crystal because Crystal swears that Scott will LOVE the way she is all dressed up. (In Lynne's suicide note, as it turns out.) After they go see a movie, Melinda tries to engage Scott in conversation but he tries to throw her out his car door and onto the pavement! Melinda tells him she is only doing this because Crystal said she would look better this way. Scott is relieved that he doesn't have to kill Melinda now.... By the time Melinda and Scott get home Crystal has glued all the puzzle pieces together. Scott killed Lynne! As long as Melinda goes back to dressing like a potato, I'm sure she'll be fine. Crystal tries to warn Melinda when she comes through the door, but Melinda believes Scott's lies. Crystal tells Melinda not to open the door, but of course she isn't going to listen to logic. So she opens it and Scott starts heading for Crystal with the knife. Once Scott has changed from killing Crystal to Melinda, Crystal comes up behind him and smashes him with a vase. Crystal and Melinda shove each other out of the way to get a good look at him.

This book was about a boy named Scott who killed his ex girlfriend. She doesn't believe Crystal when she says Scott isn't right in the head, so she gets put in a lot of danger. The main character gets stranded in a grocery store with a few other people, and no one believes that the mist can kill you, so they go into it.

He wants on sister to be his girlfriend, and thinks the other is getting in his way.

The POV alternates between Crystal and Scott so you actually get to be inside his head a little and its not a nice place to be. Stine has a weird idea of how teens interact with each other because I find, in nearly all of his Fear Street/YA horror books, that they act toward each other in ways that are a bit repulsive or Hollywood stereotypical and not how (I think, anyway) people actually interact with each other. THE BOY NEXT DOOR is up there when it comes to scare factor and I think itll hit home far quicker for women (obviously) because to say there arent guys like this out there is just a downright lie.

The scariest part of this book, was that so many crazy men like this exist.

It's a fun read if you're looking for a good popcorn book.

Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.