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Makani Young moved away from a life she loved in Hawaii to dull and boring Nebraska for one reason: to escape from her old life. She once thought her life was perfect and idyllic, but is now shattered by a few stupid mistakes. Her life is not normal for long, though. When someone begins mercilessly killing the students at her high school, Makani knows that she has to do something to save both her life and the lives of everyone she has come to care for. She soon learns that instead of helping herself by moving to Nebraska, she might have been digging her own grave. This book is extremely descriptive, which made the book a compelling read. In fact, I had a very hard time putting the book back down after picking it up. The problem with this book having such fantastic imagery is the murder scenes. These parts of the book were very graphic and slightly sickening. Fortunately, the murders do not take up a large part of the story, so I was able to get through them quickly. The killer was exposed a little too early for my liking, and at first I felt confused, because the book seemed over about halfway through. Then, I realized that the real mystery was the killer's motive. This is revealed at the end of the book, and it was so obvious that I didn't catch it as I was reading. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read that will have chills shooting up and down your spine long after you've finished. On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book a 4. Milla, grade 7, Yorba Linda Teen Book Bloggers
If you are a fan of the movie SCREAM you will love this book. This book is EXACTLY like the movie Scream only in book form.
(SPOILER) Literally the opening of this book is exactly like the opening from the movie, in the sense that they introduce you to a character, that you think is the main character but she is killed off within the first 5 minutes of the book! (END OF SPOILER)
There are people getting killed off left and right through out the novel and each murder is told from the victim's point of view. This book is full of blood and guts! Stephanie Perkins paints such a graphic picture, there was one moment where I actually gagged while reading this book! If you like the horror genre, like you can't get a better review than that. Stephanie Perkins almost made me puke! If you read this book and this doesn't happen to you, let me know that I'm a baby in the comments.
Teen slasher movie in novel form. Good fun.
This was a quick-paced novel that was easy to read and I was intrigued to read. The relationship between the protagonists did seem a bit forced so it was hard for me to get into the book at the beginning. The characters were decent but didn’t strike me as anything truly special. Only the main two characters seemed to have any sort of development, and the other two characters seemed to fall a bit flat for me. There was a certain suspense aspect throughout the novel that kept me reading it. The book is not written with gory scenes until the end, so if you’re afraid of reading too much slasher type scenes don’t be worried. Overall, this book had a taste of horror but it was a fun cheesy novel. 3.5/5 Stars. @BSMarshmallows of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins in book format This book is about a girl named Makani who moved to town a year ago from Hawaii and is navigating her senior year. She has friends who care about her, parents who don’t, and a grandmother that she takes care of since her parents shipped her away. Over the summer she had something with a loner named Ollie. Everything seems to be going normal, she figures out her relationship with Ollie and the year is going fine until someone gets murdered. Then, a series of other murders of students in Makani’s high school comes next. Each time someone gets killed, the book shifts to their perspective and shows how the killer moves things around their house to make their victims think they are crazy before killing them. No one is safe in this chilling novel and even Makani has a run in with the murderer and is forced to reveal her past and how she was almost sent to jail. I would give this book 5/5 because normally I am not a fan or horror books but this one was so interesting and unique in how the author managed to creep you out. It also has a love story, a trans guy and an African American girl without making those the centre of the story. They way that the author describes the struggles of Makani is accurate and the fact her best friend is trans isn’t the centre of his character as it is in most books. @skybooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This book was amazing! I would just like to give props to the author, Stephanie Perkins, for the captivating writing and the riveting death scenes. This book is definitely one of my all time favorite books. If you like this book as well as I did, I recommend the following: "Awake" by Natasha Preston, "The Cabin" by Natasha Preston, "The Cellar" by Natasha Preston, and "Survive The Night" by Danielle Vega. Although this book is more intense than the others listed, they are just as captivating and just as awesome!
Not impressed at all. The killer is revealed way too soon ruining any mystery the book had. The main character's big reveal hardly added to making any logical sense with the outcome. The town has a serial killer and people keep going out like normal, while a killer is on the loose.
The logical points of the book, mixed with no mystery made this a huge waste of time in the end.
Very good thriller novel! Perkins really got my blood pumping during each murder scene and my adrenaline racing as the town raced to find the murderer! There was also an appropriate amount of romance, which prevented the novel from becoming too intense with cute scenes and light humor. I do wish there had been a bit more character development behind the main characters Ollie, Alex, Darby, and Makani, but other than that it was very good. I'd definitely recommend this if you're into murder mysteries and thrillers! The scenes reminded me of a movie!
Fun and fast paced. Reminded me of the Netflix series Scream.
Gory and bloody and not at all Perkins usual but I could still enjoy the characters and her writing.
I found this book hilarious and laughed so many times while reading it. Yes it's gory and yes it's sometimes a little predictable, but I still enjoyed reading it.
I'm not going to lie, I expected a lot more out of this book. It also took about five turns in the direction of boring and predictable and that made me sad. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that a romance was really the center of this book because Stephanie Perkins wrote it but I thought maybe it might be different...and it was but the essence was still about young love. And despite all of the turmoil it was still a happy ending. The representation was good though -- I appreciated that.
The most disappointing part of the book was Makani's big secret reveal. It was this whole secret and mysterious part of the book. But then it was a bullying lame thing. Hazing or whatever. I was not impressed. It was sad actually -- I hate those situations and they made me upset because I can't stand the fact that none of the characters have the courage to get themselves out of the situation or stand up for themselves. So yeah...I wanted something meatier than a basic bullying story.
After like the second murder, it wasn't creepy any more. Yes, there was an escalation of the murders and the violence but not of the mystery. Anyway -- I wanted more mystery and less predictability. It was okay but nothing more than that.
This book was scary and made me think of a good teen slasher flick....until about the halfway point. Then the murderer was revealed very early and the story lost a lot of its momentum for me. The killer's motive is not revealed until the end of the book, and I honestly thought the motive was fine. But the early reveal of who the killer was took away so much of the suspense. This novel was setting itself up for a great twist, but sadly it was lacking. With that said, I'd consider trying one of Stephanie Perkins' books again; hopefully next time she'll get it right (because she sure knows how to get a story going!)
It was okay. The teen slasher concept was interesting and that element of it was well done, but the main character I thought was rather annoying. She moves to Nebraska because of a "dark secret" that is quite a letdown when you finally learn what it is. The killers motive is weak and pretty much as soon as you find out what it is the book just ends. There is no denouement whatsoever. It just ends.
All in all, a fine unique read that's a bit disappointing but also enjoyable enough given the unique concept.
Someone is killing students at Osborn High, but they like to play with them first. As the hunt for the killer becomes more intense, no one knows who the next victim may be. It was slasher creepy, but not overly so. This isn't a book that will freak you out, but it is certainly a lot of fun. You never knew who would be the next victim, and that hardest part was figuring out why these specific students were being killed. I also have to give a shout out to Perkins for her allusion to one of my all time favorite series, "The Song of the Lioness Quartet" by Tamora Pierce! I had to reread that a couple of times to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. It was a fun read for October and great for fans of slasher style horror.
jumped on this one because it looked like a fun slasher film in book form. It is that but there's a lot more going on to and it was even more heartwrenching than I was expecting. Our main character Makani has moved from Hawaii to Nebraska after a traumatizing incident at her old high school. She did not bargain for someone going through her new classmates and violently murdering them. Not now that she's already been here a year and has managed to hide her old life from everyone.
It's very much a teen slasher film in book form but there's a lot more emotion here than you'd expect.
As a rule I do not like teen slasher books or movies but this one, filled with secrets, had me HOOKED. The advance copy I received stopped - right before the killer was going to be revealed to Makani. Aargh! It's torture waiting for this book to be released in September.