College Weekend by R.L. Stine (Fear Street #32)
Plot: Nothing can ruin Tina’s big weekend at Patterson College with her boyfriend, Josh. She’s so excited, she doesn’t even mind that her cousin, Holly, will be tagging along. But when Tina and Holly arrive, Josh is gone. His roommate, Chris, says Josh is stuck in the mountains, delayed by car trouble. That’s weird, Josh never mentioned he was going away. It gets even weirder when Holly suddenly disappears. But Chris isn’t worried about Holly or Josh. He seems to have the answer to everything. Tina is confused. But one thing is clear, she’s about to learn more about love and murder then she ever wanted to know.
My Review: Here I am a 35 year old woman still reading R.L. Stine Fear Street books. I grew up on them, never did the whole Goosebumps thing. Yes, they are childish for me, and very often they don’t really have any horror in them. But I still like to read them, especially the ones I missed out on as a teenager, and I think this was one of them. This was a very short read for me, at 147 pages long it took me a little over an hour to read. Perfect to bang out a review on when I’m short on time.
Tina Rivers’ is a love struck teenager who can’t wait to see her boyfriend who is away at college. They haven’t seen each other in months. Her parents won’t allow her to travel by herself so they have her cousin Holly go with her. Not a problem, as Holly can’t wait to check out some college parties. All Tina can talk and think about is her boyfriend, Josh. Its actually pretty annoying how much she keeps going on and on about the guy throughout the book. But I do know since I was a once a teenage girl in love, that we tend to just keep talking about the boys we like. When Josh doesn’t show up to pick them up at the train station, Holly goes on and on and on saying the same things over, questioning Tina about Josh knowing what station it was, what time, etc. It was very annoying to me as it just seemed over the top filler.
Chris, Josh’s roommate, shows up to save the day and pick up the girls when Josh is a no show and some creepy guy is harassing them. He explains that Josh went camping with a friend and has been having car trouble so he’s there to pick them up. Off they head to the campus dorms. Repeatedly Tina questions whats going on with Josh. Things just don’t seem to add up. Tina and Holly meet another friend of Josh’s, Carla. Her boyfriend is off camping with Josh. They all decide to go and check out a party together, and that is when Holly goes missing.
Chris and Carla seem to have answers to all of Tina’s questions and fears about Josh and Holly, and neither one of them seem concerned. Chris always seems to have some kind of excuse for why Josh and Holly haven’t shown up or made any attempt to call. Or when Josh does call its to Chris’ phone. Not to where he would reach Tina.
Its obvious to me from the beginning that Chris wants to hook up with Tina, he’s slow dancing with her, taking her out places, trying to kiss her, etc. So its obvious from the beginning that he has something to do with everything going on, but what exactly is going on?
The thing I did like about this book is there was actually death in the book which isn’t always present in Stine’s books and it was a quick read. The characters to me weren’t all that interesting. But its also hard to really invest in characters in such a short teen book when you’re an adult reading it.
Overall: For a teen book its enjoyable, quick, and has a little mystery and death to it. Wouldn’t be a favorite Stine book for me though.