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2023 Book Review: Weekend

by Christopher Pike

YA Mystery/Thriller, 1986 by Scholastic Press, 240 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Over the top dramatization of teens behaving badly. Funny how this used to be the norm and yet now it feels so fake. 
  • Obsession with sex. Again, it feels over the top. Strangely, I’ve noticed this a lot on Pike rereads yet I never remember noticing it when I read Pike the first time around. 
  • One of the big reveals felt like it got bowled over by the others and never really dealt with, that bothered me a bit. 

What I Did Like:

  • Solid mystery. I wondered who did it. I wondered how it connected and how deep it went.
  • Fast moving. It doesn’t drag or lag, just moves. 
  • The ending works. Without spoiling anything I’ll just say it came together well and worked.

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of the slasher style movies may like this one, but it has a twist. The vibes remind me of Urban Legends.
  • YA fans who want something a little creepy and dark that feels a bit older than most YA today.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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