TITLE: The Best Friend
AUTHOR: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
RELEASE DATE: Year 1992
PAPERBACK: 147 pages
PRECEDED BY: First Date
FOLLOWED BY: The Cheater (Fear Street, #18); The Best Friend 2 (Fear Street, #50)
SYNOPSIS:Who is Honey Perkins? She’s been telling everyone in Shadyside that she’s Becka Norwood’s best friend. But Becka’s sure she’s never met Honey before.
Honey systematically moves in on Becka’s life, copying her in every way. But when Becka presumes to have more than one “best friend”, the horrible accidents begin.
Does Honey just want a friend? Becka wonders. Or does she want more—much more!
I have mix feelings about this book, man. The Best Friend started off really good, but then the main character Becka, started to really annoy me; especially when she loses her patience.
Becka’s mom→ is just ugh. She never wanted to listen to Becka; saying she was exaggerating about how Honey treated her. Like dude, if your child is feeling threatened by someone, listen to her.
Becka→ Becka has anger management problems, boy problems, and you could tell she loves to be the center of attention. She needed to take a chill pill sometimes. I know Honey was driving her crazy and that is evident throughout the novel, but Becka’s ignorance and not thinking before taking action was annoying.
There wasn’t really anything spooky to me about this book. It was just the suspense on who this Honey girl was and where she came from.
Okay, now the plot is somewhat good. I found the ending to be different but—*smh* no never mind. The ending annoyed the crap out of me. I really didn’t like the ending. I’m glad there’s another sequel to this book because The Best Friend leaves you wondering like, “what the freak is going to happen now? This is crazy.” I guess it’s good that a book would do that but ugh. I didn’t like it this time.
Well, the imagery was great. I was able to picture things easily. It’s funny because this book was written years ago and the clothing and hairstyles that R.L. Stine described the characters wearing was out of style for the 21st century. So it was nice to read a book with this old school vibe goin’ on.
I would have rated this book higher—like a 3.5 – 4.0 stars—if it wasn’t for the ending. But no, *smh*…the ending ruined that plan.
Sigh. I can’t wait to read The Best Friend 2 (Fear Street, #50) to see what is going to happen. Who knows when that will be though, I have to find a copy.
Lesson Learned? When someone is obsessed over you, tell them how uncomfortable you feel in a nice way.
**Recommended? I’m not sure. Everyone will have a different opinion about the ending. Hm…I’ll go ahead and recommend it. It’s a Fear Street book. Come on, even if someone gave a bad review on any Fear Street novel, I would still read it.
Book Cover: 0
Character Development/Plot: 1.5 out of 3
Interest: .4 out of 1
Imagery: 1 out of 1
Total: 2.9 stars