Weekend by Christopher Pike (Book Review)

Weekend by Christopher PikePlot: The weekend in Mexico sounded like a dream vacation. Four guys, five girls–and a gorgeous ocean-side mansion all to themselves. It should have been perfect.

Except nothing was going the way they’d planned. There was the girl upstairs who was fighting for her life. The phone lines that went dead. And the explosion in the garage that could have killed them all.

But not even that prepared them for what happened next. Because while they were getting some sun, someone else was getting revenge–and the terror wouldn’t stop until the weekend was over.

My Review: Wow, by the time I sat down and found the time to write this review its now a month or so after I finished reading it. My hubby’s been off of work with medical issues for the last month and I haven’t had a moment of peace and quite to get it done! So I’m sorry if this review is lacking examples of specific scenes.

So, yet another Christopher Pike book. One of my favorite authors from when I was a teenager. Actually, I still to this day (in my 30s) enjoy most of his work. He was always able to capture people realistically.

Weekend isn’t very different then the rest of his books. A bunch of teenagers in some sort of trouble. In this case there was some sort of freak accident that happened a year or so before the events in this book, a girl gets poisoned and is dying of Kidney failure because of it. Fast forward to current events and the group of friends get together for a nice party weekend and accidents start happening. It seems someone is out for revenge, or are they?

I really enjoyed this book. Until the end. Well, maybe before that. See in the very beginning of the book we meet up with most of the characters. Two car loads of friends headed out into the Mexican desert to get to the house where the party weekend is going to take place. Its during the car ride that we learn a bit of history on the group of friends. This one used to date that one, this one is new to the group, that one still likes that one, etc etc. It isn’t until much later that we discover what happened to this group in the past. But once we do the mystery of what happened and who was responsible for the accident start to unravel.

All the characters are pretty likable, that is one of the reasons I love Pike’s work to this day. But what bothered me was the pointless (in my eyes) supernatural angle brought in by the Native American in the beginning of the book. Talking about snakes and things like that. All foreshadowing — no its more then that I suppose, a correlation or what have you, for the people and what happens later in the book. It was completely unnecessary and felt weird for this sort of book. I’m not one to hate on the Supernatural or coincidences or things like that, but it just seemed out of place with this book.

Then you have the real ending where everything is nicely wrapped up and that’s that. If I go into even vague details I feel like I’m spoiling the book. So I won’t. But what annoyed me about this book is it felt like “and the moral of the story is blah blah blah, and then everything is ok”. I guess I just felt that it should have ended differently.

Overall: In the end this story is about relationships and friendships. Not like Pike’s usual “scary” stories. While this had some mystery to it, in the end it really wasn’t horrific. Still it was an interesting story that makes you think about what’s going on, and who’s behind everything. I would still recommend it.

My Rating:
4-Star-Rating

5 Responses to Weekend by Christopher Pike (Book Review)

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    Dead Zed says:

    I almost forgot about Christopher Pike. I loved his horror books growing up. Always much better then R.L. Stine I thought as Pike is always a little more adult and risque. I was wondering if his books would still hold up today, but seeing as you say you still love to read him, maybe I’ll give The Weekend a go for nostalgia sake. Thanks.

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    Kat says:

    I would definitely agree with you. I’ve been trying to get back to the YA books that made me enjoy reading, which are mainly Pike and Stine, and you are correct. Stine’s books, although aimed at teenagers like Pike’s just seemed so much younger then Pike’s work.

    I love the Remember Me books. Fall Into Darkness, and a few others. Stay tuned because I’m planning on reading & reviewing the 20 + I have of Pike’s books, and the 50+ I have of R. L. Stine’s Fear Street books.

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    Chris says:

    Glad to see there is still interest in Christopher Pike’s work. I ate those little novels up as a high school student and I think it was his brand of horror/thriller that sparked in me an interest in writing. I went 20 years without reading any of his YA work, but came across some paperbacks in a used bookstore and I’ve been revisiting them and find them just as charming in a creepy sort of way as I did then. It’s worth mentioning that he also has some adult novels that are worth a read too.

  • This was a good review. I can understand what you mean with your dissatisfaction. Seems like there were just some things put in as obvious plot devices. I like authors who can capture characterization well though.

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