Do you remember the Point Horror Book Series from the 90’s? The Point Horror Series was a series of young adult point horror books and was launched in 1991 by Scholastic always with the Point Horror banner on the spine and on the top of every point horror book. There were a number of authors that wrote these books for Scholastic: R L Stine, Diane Hoh, Caroline B Cooney, Sinclair Smith to name but a few.
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on the re-read? Are you new to Point Horror? Has our opinion changed? Are they still as good? Do they stand up to modern day YA Horror? Or are the a whole load of cray cray?
Lets find out…
Join in the discussion with this months title!
My Secret Admirer by Carol Ellis
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** Please note that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers**
“He Was crazy about Jenny. Crazy enough to kill her!”
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
**Before I start I would like to remind everyone of Point Horror Book Club member Billy’s confession of fancying Jenny on the cover of this book for pure entertainment purposes throughout these ramblings!**
Jenny and her self absorbed parents have recently moved to the small town of Rimrock where the only trendiest shops are a shop that sells candles and a shop that sells cards (?!), but on the plus side the town is surrounded by a beautiful bluff (cliffs)…so pretty and breath-taking…..so this therefore means that as it is probably full of snakes, coyotes and bears and casts a menacing shadow like a horror movie or an evil giant fairy tale….so basically Jenny is terrified of it!
Bonding with some local kids over a town scavenger hunt and basically hooking up with the colour blue obsessed David (more on this later) after knowing him for 20 minutes (no joke) she hooks herself a secret admirer the lucky gal! Or maybe not!
Whilst her parents decide to leave poor Jenny and Peaches the dog (you heard me right) on her own whilst they have a dirty week away aka “selling their old house” and leave her to sort out the painters to quote for painting their new house (what the blueberry poptart was the whole Don Jaun painter about?). This is when things start going all cray cray in Rimrock with Jenny receiving romantic gestures from her secret admirer!
Oh yes! This valentines day forget 50 Shades Of Grey! Everyone could take a tip out of Jenny’s secret admirers Guide To The Best Valentines Present EVER and make your valentine ohhh and ahhh at how romantic you are and make your valentine fall in luuuurrvvveee.
Why not change your voice and leave romantic yet threatening messages on your valentines phone like Jenny’s stalker did. Or leave a basket full of beautiful flowers on their front door step….they were 90% off at the petrol station and …well…basically dead, but I’m sure your loved one will pop them in a vase of water to bring them back to life just like Jenny did. You could always try the package-a-dead-snake-up-in-a-box-with-a-bow gift…..oh but don’t forget to do EXACTLY what Jenny’s stalker did (remember we are talking about a very romantic person here according to Jenny) and chop the snakes head of first and place carefully in the box also. As a special treat you could always try and run you loved one over with your new motorbike (but mind the paintwork) or push her off a cliff just to hear the classic point horror egg crack sound which will surely make anyone’s valentines day the best ever! But most of all remember to keep who you are a secret! After all Jenny….poor old Jenny was totally smitten…okay… and maybe slightly scared!
But who could they be from?
Well the reveal was not a total shocker was it? I mean given the fact there are only 3 male suspects it wasn’t hard to guess. Especially with the tagline of the book being He was Crazy about Jenny. Oh how I hoped and prayed it would be Sally!
Jenny! Well apart from being Billy’s fantasy woman for many years (and probably still is) and loving chicken…. she was a bit….dopey!
I mean apart from the obvious lusting after her secret admirer, barricading herself in her house by putting tins of corn, soup and tuna in a pyramid shape in front of the doors with strategically placed silverware to protect her against intruders (?!)….not forgetting the couple of jars of spaghetti sauce (I thought she had no food in the house?!) and thinking that getting naked in the dark in a house with no curtains or shades would stop a peeping tom she chose to stay in a glass phonebox whilst a mad man on a motorcycle was trying to kill her! Run for you life Jenny don’t sit in a glass box ….
Whilst I didn’t find her as annoying or frustrating as some of our other point horror girls she was just a bit ….meh! (Sorry Billy) She’s no fleet-footed mountain goat you know!
The Love Interest
David! David! David! David who with light blue eyes (although did anyone notice his changing eye colour? sometimes dark, sometimes nearly black, sometimes blue?) could not do an iccle nasty voice as putting someone down just doesn’t come naturally for him
Even Jenny noticed David’s blue obsession!
“David Liked blue”
“Wearing blue wasn’t going to make any difference”
I think Jenny underestimated David’s Blue obsession….he even likes blue jeans and blueberry pie and even has a blue Toyota!
Therefore this is what I kept imagining when I thought of love interest David!
I mean who wouldn’t …..he treats his women like gold too…his speciality is leaving them on a rock on a cliff in a thunderstorm whilst he goes to get a birds nest as he just WANTS TO WIN THE SCAVENGER HUNT…TO THE DEATH!
*mind wonders thinking he became a member of the band Blue who funny enough like BLUE! Who would have thought?!*
Run off at the mouth Sally who likes to play games like “whos voice am I”….you know the one where you try and catch the person out who keeps leaving husky messages on your answering machine….played at every party…like EVER!
Sally, ever the trying to make friends type of girl, did give a classic line to make Jenny feel better about being on her own
“It sounds like one of those movies….You know, where the girl’s all alone in the house and the next thing you know there’s blood all over the place!”……nope just soup, corn, tuna and spaghetti sauce Sally…Jenny has is sussed!
But Sally has the solution for this too….
“Well just offer them coffee and dried rattlesnake” – yum!
Dean the geeky computer guy who loves a good wink and a smile …..I SAID WINK!
Brad the hunky quarter back (well that’s what I kept imagining) who has a fiery temper and well basically got so dumped by Diana!
Violet Eyed Diana the bitchy one who lets face it we all cheered when she “fell off” the cliff right?
and not forgetting the best character of all…..
Peaches the dog! I kid you not! Who calls their dog peaches. I like to think that Carol Ellis was stuck for a dog name and one day digging at the back of her cupboard found an old tin of peaches in natural juice and thought a-ha! PEACHES! And lets face it poor Peaches weight is constantly poked fun at by everyone in this book (I think the words furry stubby-legged barrel were used)…..talk about making a dog self conscious about her body and then to top it all off whilst sleeping peaceful someone locks her in the car and she nearly dies from the heat! Poor Poor Peaches.
Fashion Faux Pas
I struggled to find any fashion faux pas as Jenny seemed to always be rocking shorts with something….well normally blue to stick with the blue obsession like a royal blue tank top which seems pretty normal or a rainbow striped shirt.
I mean blue obsessed David’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when Jenny wore her cut offs and faded blue work shirt saying “you look great Jenny”
“She was riding bareback and she didn’t seem the least bit self-conscious”
“Lanky, long-legged boys were one of Jenny’s many weaknesses” – is this as well as your weakness for boys leaving you dodgy messages Jenny?
Lets give it up for the first wooing message left my Jenny’s secret admirer on her very 90’s answering machine shall we?
“Your going to think I’m crazy Jenny,” it said. “And I guess I am. Crazy about you, that is. Don’t laugh. This isn’t a joke. You’re really incredible. Maybe someday I’ll be able to tell you face to face. Until then, I’ll just keep my eye on you. And believe me, that’s one spectacular view. Bye Jenny. For now.”
“I yam what I yam” – what the? I felt right at home in Brummie land with this classic line!
“Jenny has never been much of a sucker for winks, but if she had Deans slow, seductive one might have done the trick” – ewwwwww and just a sucker for stalkers then Jenny?!
“Did you see the flowers? I hope you like them. They reminded me of you” – hmmmmm weren’t those flowers dead and wilting?
“Jenny decided to let her hair dry naturally. It would look like a gone-to-seed dandelion”
Beautiful!……but David would not approve….it’s not BLUE!
0! Zilch! Nada! Disappointing I know! There is one person left in a coma though and someone almost kills off poor Peaches the dog, but other than that ….NO BODY COUNT!
We could always count the decapitated snake…bless his slithery soul killed off for fictional stalking and present giving purposes! RIP Snakey!
Is it scary?
Errrrmmmm…..not reeeaaallllyyyy….but I’m scared of the colour blue now!
Did the best friend do it?
Well lets be honest Jenny didn’t really have a best friend – she was new to the area….but nope the best friend was the slightly loopy Sally and unfortunately she was innocent!
Some Mild Peril?
Oh yes! Being left on the rocks of the bluff not once but twice and being scared into a phone box by a madman on a motor cycle would class as mild peril right? And poor peaches!!!
Is it any good?
I actually did like this book, but maybe for the wrong reasons. It read well but rather than me being scared I found myself chuckling….okay okay you got me…I was simply just jealous I have no secret admirer like Jenny’s! BUSTED!
I think David got so jealous of Dean’s gorgeous blue eyes that HE pushed him over the edge of the cliff and let Jenny cop the blame! After all maybe it wasn’t Dean who was the stalker and pushed Diana over the cliff….after all Diana had violet eyes! Dum dum duuuuummmmmm!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book here are some questions to consider.
- What’s going on with the cover of the book? I thought Jenny had no curtains in her house?!
- Did anyone know what the bluffing hell a bluff was?!
- Jenny’s parents ?!!!!!!
- What was up with Don Juan the painter man and his son?!
- I heard there was a third anonymous phonecall to Jenny that was edited out of the book….what do you think it said?
- What do you think happened to poor poor Peaches? Sniffle Sniffle
- Did you guess whodunit?
- What was with the colour blue?!
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Thanks for joining and happy valentines day…no stalking now or leaving dead snakes for people!