“The Dead Boyfriend (Fear Street Relaunch #5)” by R.L. Stine

The Dead Boyfriend (Fear Street Relaunch #5) by R.L. Stine

A review by Amanda.

When high school senior Caitlyn meets new boy Blade, it’s love at first sight. Things seem to be going exceptionally well if developing faster than her friends think is appropriate. Caitlyn decides to ignore their warnings, choosing instead to focus on how amazing they are together. One night, Blade sends a text and cancels a date with Caitlyn. She is concerned but not suspicious until she accidentally happens upon Blade’s car and witnesses his affection towards another girl. Rage hits Caitlyn like an anvil, one thing leads to another, and Blade ends up dead by Caitlyn’s hand. Caitlyn quickly covers up her part in the grisly murder and does her best to hide her guilt from everyone around her.

Devastated at the loss of her perfect relationship and at the knowledge that she’s capable of murder, Caitlyn is consumed by grief and confusion. The horror she feels at her actions is nothing compared to how she feels when Blade mysteriously comes back from the dead. Questions race through her mind – how is this possible? Will he reveal her murderess status to everyone? And how does Deena Fear, of the infamous Fear family, tie into everything?

To someone who read anything by R.L. Stine as a young adult, aspects of this book will feel quite nostalgic. Stine’s classic twists and turns are in abundance, and while they were a bit more predictable reading from an adult perspective, young teens may enjoy being surprised and delightfully terrified. There are some minor graphic descriptions of violence, typical of the author’s other works in this genre. Sexually, the characters do not progress past kissing, although more could be very lightly implied. As a character, Caitlyn is shallow and a stereotypical teenaged girl. None of the characters have much depth, but that isn’t necessarily a major drawback in this case. The story moves very quickly and is intended to be a light read for those looking to be intrigued and vaguely creeped out.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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