Reviews for The Wrong Number, by R.L. Stine

booksandbrews's review

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This book was pure nostalgia and I only read it for a podcast! Still, it takes me back to elementary school and trying to read as mean Goosebumps/RL Stine books as I could.

roxiethebookslayer's review

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One of my fondest memories was spending my summer between 7th and 8th grade at my bestie's house. We listened to the Spice Girls, played Super Nintendo, and we made prank calls. Well not like most people...We would dial a random number and just start talking to the person. We actually found a few "friends" that way. This was 1993, so *69 and caller ID were not a thing yet, luckily.

The Wrong Number brought back those awesome memories. Deena and Jade decide to prank call boys from their school. Nothing crazy, just a Oh you're so hot kind of call, leaving the boy wondering who it is. But Deena's brother (half brother that just moved in, but I don't feel that is a necessary detail), Chuck, catches them and begins to make threatening calls to random people. One of those is a house on Fear Street.

"Please! Please come quickly! He's going to kill me!"

Chuck springs into hero mode. Sure calling the police would be the logical thing to do, but see Chuck doesn't want to get in trouble for the previous calls he made. So they speed over to Fear Street and find a woman dead and her murderer still in the house. After a chase, they get home safely and call the police only for them to link Chuck to the murder!

The police don't seem to listen so Deena must now prove her brother is innocent. She begins to investigate and finds the killer's identity, but she needs proof. Eventually she gets what she needs.

This one was a great read. Deena's dedication to her brother is touching and she fights for what is right.

literary_thrills's review

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Such a fun little young adult thriller from the 90's! I'm so glad I found this book again and gave it a reread.

kfalls's review

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


li3an1na4's review

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Not as good as the previous book. Chuck tries to prove that Fear Street is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, and instead gets framed for murder. Why tempt fate kid? Deena and Jade are all kinds of badass in figuring out the mystery. The cops in Shadyside are all kinds of awful, which explains the crime rate on Fear Street.

I think the moral of the story was basically, lock your troubled kid in jail for a week and you won't hear a peep from him ever again.

superspecs's review

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I love a good trip down memory lane. I bet this isn't as scary to kids now then it was back then. Kids now are much better versed in police procedures and I'm sure they all know to ask for a lawyer.

persephone_bookworm's review

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This took me ages to finish. Normally I liked the fact that R. L. Stine´s goosebumps and fear street series are from the 90´s (I get a melancholy feeling from them), but this one I feel was too slow and predictable, and I did´t connect with any of the characters...basically I just wanted to be done with it. Hopefully other Fear Street books are better.

odrah's review

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Oh Nostalgia.

Of course I didn't find this book nearly as fascinating as I did when I was a tween, but that probably has a lot to do with the change of times as well as my change in age.

It was quirky getting to read about the joys of life before caller ID. Since this book was first published in 1990 our characters are enthralled by a housephone that actually allows you to program speed dial numbers!

Aside from that and a bit of dated language, I still think the book would be a pretty fun read for a youngin' especially if they're into mysteries.

Truthfully, though, the story fell a bit flat and was completely unlikely without the joy of being paranormal. The Police officers were infuriating and these teen girls (17 or so) read like 12 year olds, which is probably why it still appealed so much to me before I was a full-fledged teen reader.

I'd say that for a series directed at tweens/teens Fear Street is still a contender for a mystery series despite some of its dated content.