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Can You Keep a Secret? by R.L. Stine

Saturday, May 21, 2016

How many nightmares begin in the Fear Street Woods?

Eddie and Emma are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape from their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip with four friends in the Fear Street Woods.

As Eddie carves a heart in a tree, he and Emma make a shocking discovery. It’s a discovery that will lead to the end of friendships—and to murder.

Meanwhile, Emmy is having strange, terrifying dreams about wolves. Are her dreams connected somehow to the real wolf attacks that plague the town of Shadyside?

Emmy, it seems, is about to make a horrifying discovery about herself…

Goodreads Summary

R.L. Stine has a way of building suspense and confusing the reader to make it difficult to guess the ending.  Eddie and Emma go on a camping trip with some friends and instead of a nice campfire and spooky stories they become the spooky stories.  They find a stash of money and try to keep it safe/hidden through most of the book.  Of course, where there's a lot of money there is someone trying to get it back.

Emmy and Eddie's characters were fairly well-developed.  I liked the star-crossed lovers feel of the two and that they were pretty devoted to each other.  I connected to Emmy's character a little more than Eddie's.  She was brave and strong and intelligent.  He was charismatic and protective.  I liked the pacing of the novel and the resolution at the end.  Overall, this book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

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