#PointHorrorBookClub was created by author Juno Dawson in 2013. Juno announced in 2015 that she was no longer able to carry on so, with her blessing, I took over the reins.
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The Beach House by R L Stine
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on a re-read? Have they not stood the test of time? After a hit of nostalgia? Or are you new to Point Horror and want to see what its all about?
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It’s 1956 and four kids are hanging out on the beach. Little do they know that a killer has begun to stalk them, one by one. Now, on the same golden sands nearly 40 years later, Ashley, Ross, Lucy and Kip are enjoying the same beach. Until history starts to repeat itself.
Don’t go near the water…
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
We get two Point Horrors with lots of characters for the price of one with the Beach House! One half set in 1956 and one in present day with Mickey Mouse blankets in 1956, MTV blankets in the present day, swimsuits and burmuda shorts in 1956 and very tight blue spandex trunks and bikinis in present day..you get the picture!
Basically the gang in both 1956 and present day just want a relaxing holiday on the beach, but what they get is murdered!
Yes that’s right! Well most of them anyway! Some one is set on murdering the group of friends in 1956 and questionable goings on echoing the 1956 murders in the present day bear a spooky resemblance to the unsolved mystery! Mind twirls! And in both 1956 and present day there is a Beach House!
A Beach House? Still standing after all those years are you crazy wouldn’t it rot?
Apparently it was one sturdy beach house hiding a secret which one member of the gang has discovered!
Spoiler alert – it may involve time travel oh an a huge closet ….basically this is the Narnia of Point Horror!!!! Yes you heard me right Time Travel in Point Horror! And with added chapter headings taking the tension to unbearable Point Horror status!
Chapter Headings?! Your kidding right?!
Yes! All this time travelling, murder spree beach holiday book was split into chapters with CHAPTER HEADINGS! Woah I hear you say! This can’t be true! But yes! CHAPTER HEADINGS ROCK! And maybe blew my tiny Point Horror mind a bit! My personal favourite heading was WORRIED ABOUT SHARKS….not your average Point Horror you know!
There were that many characters in this book I’m going to split them into different catergories this month…and lets face it the story was told from different point of views and they were all swapping partners like they thought they were on Love Island or something?!
So here goes….
First up let’s talk about Maria with her straight black silky hair and dramatic brown eyes and her fun enthusiastic personality…basically she’s to blame for the whole Buddy turning all murderer by going on a date with Stuart tipping poor Buddy over the edge and then becoming shark food! I actually thought she was TSTL (Too stupid to live) by falling for all of Buddy’s wobbly bottom lip but turning out to be the some what questionable twist in the end was a genuine surprise so she went up in my estimastion….she basically survived JAWS!!!
Amy “Mouse” with her tight blond curls, small boyish figure, grey blue eyes tiny button nose she resembled a mouse! A very cute mouse! I did actually kind of laugh when she was running from Buddy in fear #sorrynotsorry. I feel she was thrust into the spotlight as Maria became shark food and was a little typical Point Horror girl I feel.
Ashley…the model…. and wannabe WAG… thin and beautiful with straight silvery blonde hair, high cheekbones, striking green eyes, perfect straight nose and delicate heart shaped lips!
Oh and wants a rich man! aka future WAG!
She literally would flirt with anyone….even the life guard…even Buddy! Enough said!
Shout out to her swim suit which let Stiney get a cheeky reference to Madonna in! *air punch*
Ronnie was so tall and lanky he resembled a long lanky giraffe when he ran! This is basically the only notes I made about Ronnie! Uh Oh! Was he that forgettable! He was one of the main characters *mind goes blank*
Stuart ….Mr Rock and Roll. Mr Real Cool Cat. Mr I love Brylcreeme. The Joker. Trying to look the tough guy but apparently he was too cute and funny! Look where that got him! Steeling Maria off Buddy got him clobbered of the head with a log and dead! Our typical joker of a Point Horror character!
Ross “Matt Dillon” lookalike with straight black hair, heavy eyebrows, intense serious face and apony tail…he was a little bit possessive, but Ashley could calm him down with a kiss….I find this quite disturbing! He got dumped and I laughed! #opppssiieess
And not forgetting Mr Vanilla Ice on a bad day look alike himself…Kip with his diamond stud earring and rather protective over his ice cream!
And of course auburn hair, enormous eyes, freckled Lucy!
Yep I forgot about them too! #Gonetoosoon….they fell victim to the Point Horror extra discarded at the first chance Stiney had! The poor children back in 1956 had no ice cream after poor Kip went missing and that’s just pure wrongness! *cries* He’s a baad dude!
And classic point horror naming could not go a miss in this Beach House with Denny Drake (the animal!)….jumping out on poor Ashley at every opportunity and nicknamed Hulk! He was a bit stalkerish! I felt like he was jumping over from another Point Horror and just got muddled up in this story! The Beast! He beat up Ross…although I think he may have deserved it!
Oh I also want to mention the 1956 policeman, deep voiced, Officer Barrett, who with his short topped hair and blue eyes apparently looked like Tab Hunter (below)….do you think he conducted his investigations like this?
Buddy in 1956, grey blue eyes who just popped up in the sand beside Maria one day, shy, aukward and clumsy….oh except when killing people! Duh! He wasn’t exactly a million laughs! He basically seduced Maria to get in the sea with a towel….watch and learn peeps…watch and learn! All this being said I really think he came out of his shell as the book went on…albeit normally when he was murdering people with a certain glint in his eyes but still!
All over a pair of stolen swimming shorts! Was he worried the sea was too cold?! *winks*
Buddy was Brad in present day and basically the same so it was a bit guessable that he had something to do with the 1956 murders! Oh and he wore blue spandex trunks that were very tight *my burning eyes* and t shirts that were too big for him (making up for the excuse of the coldness of the sea? Proving a point? he he he). Living in the posh mansion of Ocean Drive!
On a side note whenever Brad was Buddy I kept thinking of this song and film….
And whenever Buddy was Brad I kept thinking of this song….
Fashion Faux Pas
There were lots of Hawaiian style swim trunks that people were running about in!
Also reference to Orange Day Glo Baggies??! Anyone?
And not forgetting those tight spandex shorts! *wolf whistles*
“Buddy hates jokes like that” “He’s so square he’s cubed”
I wouldn’t say that to Buddy if I were you…he will feed you to the sharks!
“When he tries to smile he looks like Howdy Doody”
Who? Well I actually googled it! Brace yourselves….
“I can borrow my Dad’s Thunderbird tonight. We can go to the drive in in style”
AWESOME! 18.104.22.168.1….Thunderbirds are go!
“You have a Thunderbird! What colour?”
“Pink with grey leather seats and convertible!”
“All boys are immature”
“I’ve never seen his parents”
THIS IS POINT HORROR AMY! POINT HORROR! Amy has all the jokes!
“Where are Buddy’s parents? Why haven’t they contacted the police”
Sighs! Points to above!
“My mom isn’t here Buddy said quickly. She had to go….somewhere”
I bet she did! “Somewhere” indeed”
“Here come your parents”
Last page joy *celebrates*
“I’ve always wanted a house with wings”
Awwww I hope Kip’s dream came true…where ever he ended up!
“What am I going to do? She asked the moon What am I going to do?”
Awwww poor Amy never had Siri in 1956…poor thing!
“If it’s too loud your too old”
Rude Ashley! Rude!
“My hair is soaked I must look like little Orphan Annie” “No you don’t you look like Marilyn Monroe”
Buddy knows how to charm the ladies before he murders them! Possibly Billy’s new chat up line?
“Elvis Presley? That’s a stupid name isn’t it? Is he any good”
I like Mr Stines jokes! Although did people really say the phrase he’s really gone?!
“No-one likes to be laughed at”
These characters should have thought of this before laughing at Buddy / Brad! Have they never read Point Horror! Disgusting!
“He’s a crazy murderer”
It took Amy long enough to realise this!
Yep this book knocked up a few of the old dead bodies! There were people getting killed and disappearing all over the place in both 1956 and present day! I definitely agree that Point Horror knocked up the body count as the books became more popular!
To sum up (and I hope I have this right!)
3 confirmed dead (Amy, Stuart…and eventually Buddy/Brad)
2 possibly dead not confirmed (Ronnie, Buddy / Brad)
2 missing (Lucy, Kip) – sent back to the past!
1 presumed dead, left to be eaten by the sharks, but became the shock twist ….oh and then presumably died (Maria / Mary)!
Like the Beach House at the end of the book – Mind blown!
Is it scary?
I actually thought the scene when Maria was in the sea and disorientated was actually quite scary! And then Buddy coming for her with the knife! I mean where did he keep the knife up until that point?! He only has Bermuda shorts on! *winces*…..this could have led to a whoooollleeee other type of Point Horror story indeed!
Did the best friend do it?
Well not the best friend exactly no…but some one that both groups befriended on the beach! I feel this is a warning to teenagers and their holiday romances! Lol
Some Mild Peril?
Sea, Sharks, wooden logs, Buddy, a time travelling closet in a beach house, knives being pulled out of very tight shorts and lots of running, tennis and volleyball! Lots of mild peril! Lots!
Is it any good?
I actually really really enjoyed this one! A few boom boxes aside it didn’t feel that dated and time travelling wardrobe / beach house aside also I liked the premise.
Yes there were a few plot holes (I want to know how Maria managed to get back to present day and ended up working as a servant!) and yes the 1956 part of the story needed more than a few TV and music references (Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom) to feel like the 50’s, but I actually really enjoyed this one.
I feel this was one of the better Point Horrors…I mean it was a plus Jenny from the Babysitter didn’t turn up to offer her services!
Classic Point Horror absent parents were evident in this book….although how dare they show up to comfort Ashley right on the very last page! Rude!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- What happened to Denny Drake?
- Was Ross the Chuck (from the babysitter) of this story?
- If you has a time travelling Beach House where would you go?
- How did Maria get to the present day?
- Were those spandex shorts really too tight?!
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