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School's out forever. Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad. With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention. Does School's out forever. Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad. With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention. Does Kate have what it takes to be teacher's pet?


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School's out forever. Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad. With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention. Does School's out forever. Kate likes a little thrill. She likes a little scare. And she loves getting the chance to go to the exclusive week-long writing conference taught by the famous master of horror himself. He's so good at being so bad. With a teacher like that, you expect a little competition. With a teacher like that, you practically have to kill to get his attention. Does Kate have what it takes to be teacher's pet?

30 review for Teacher's Pet (Point Horror, #10)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest It's a shame that Tankersley Cusick didn't write more adult horror because she has such an amazing style and I feel like when she tries to sanitize it for her young adult audience, so much of the vitals are lost. I mean, when you compare this book to the magnificence of BLOOD ROOTS, it's almost like apples and oranges. That said, across all her works, this author does many things that I love. Her attention to atmosphere is truly incredibl Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest It's a shame that Tankersley Cusick didn't write more adult horror because she has such an amazing style and I feel like when she tries to sanitize it for her young adult audience, so much of the vitals are lost. I mean, when you compare this book to the magnificence of BLOOD ROOTS, it's almost like apples and oranges. That said, across all her works, this author does many things that I love. Her attention to atmosphere is truly incredible and reminiscent of those old gothic novels from the 60s and 70s that are all towering castles and mist-tossed moors. She also understands my (that's right, me, personally-- obviously this author writes for MEEEEE alone) personal need for villainous love interests, because her books always offer not one, but at least TWO suspicious hot guys. And best of all, she just has some really wonderful passages of writing, whether it's descriptions of nature, wistful meditations on human emotion, or obsessive teen passion. At first I thought this book would get a much higher rating from me. he heroine, Kate, is a high school student on her way to a writing retreat with her teacher. Right away, though, things are weird. She's greeted at the train by an ominous dude who immediately tries to warn her away. Then there's another ominous dude who claims to be the brother of the famous writer who headlined this retreat, and he starts talking about how important fear is, how it's such a necessary drive, and just generally skeeving everyone out, but because he's hot it's ok. And then there's the way-too-friendly teen cook who is Kate's accomplice but maybe also an assailant. Who is the bad guy and who is the good guy? I guess you'll just have to find out. What ended up making this a bit of a slog for me was how circular it all felt. I felt like in my favorite YA Cusick book, HELP WANTED, there were some really chilling scenes and some really impressively colorful characters. But that was a different teen horror imprint and maybe Point Horror wants their authors to reel it in, because this felt reeled in. The ending was ridiculous, in the way that some of those 70s and 80s teen slasher movies could be ridiculous (I'm thinking of one in particular), and I found myself rolling my eyes a little at the drama of it all. Also, there's a girl in here named Tawney who's also working in the kitchen and I think she's supposed to be developmentally disabled, but she also ends up being the butt of a lot of jokes. WHOOPS. HI 90S. DIDN'T SEE YOU THERE. So overall, this was kind of eh. I mostly just skimmed it to read her interactions with the suspicious (but hot) guys and to get to the actual passages with creepy horror. You could definitely give this one a miss. 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    A nice nostalgic re-read. I definitely had this Point Horror as teenager as the cover is so striking, but I couldn’t recall the plot. I was slightly surprised to find that it’s set in a writers retreat camp in the woods, as the cover had suggests a high school setting. Kate is a budding horror writer and is given the chance to spend a week at the camp. But she soon finds out that the fear is for real. I loved the Camp Crystal Lake like setting in this one, Cusick really sets the creepy tone of this A nice nostalgic re-read. I definitely had this Point Horror as teenager as the cover is so striking, but I couldn’t recall the plot. I was slightly surprised to find that it’s set in a writers retreat camp in the woods, as the cover had suggests a high school setting. Kate is a budding horror writer and is given the chance to spend a week at the camp. But she soon finds out that the fear is for real. I loved the Camp Crystal Lake like setting in this one, Cusick really sets the creepy tone of this story perfectly. The story itself didn’t quite fully hold my interest though, but there’s some gear scenes. I found this to be one of the more middling entries in the range.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I think that Moonlight Reader and I posted this as a potential read during Halloween Book Bingo. Wow, I had forgotten what a mess this book was. I honestly went into this blind since I didn't recall a thing at all about this book. I know I had it though as a kid since I had most of Cusick's books when I was growing up. Maybe even at that age I knew a bad book when I read one and pushed it out of my head. "Teacher's Pet" follows Kate and her teacher who go to a writer's retreat. Don't ask question I think that Moonlight Reader and I posted this as a potential read during Halloween Book Bingo. Wow, I had forgotten what a mess this book was. I honestly went into this blind since I didn't recall a thing at all about this book. I know I had it though as a kid since I had most of Cusick's books when I was growing up. Maybe even at that age I knew a bad book when I read one and pushed it out of my head. "Teacher's Pet" follows Kate and her teacher who go to a writer's retreat. Don't ask questions about this retreat though since her teacher is into romance and Kate is into horror. They both go off and go sit in on other seminars and Kate gets some one on one with Gideon Dewe. Now here is the thing, most of Cusick's books follows a checklist, but it's like she upped the ante in this one. Besides having a teen girl who falls for the first guy she sees, she somehow has crushes on and kisses every dude she meets in this book (there are three, Gideon, Pearce, and unfortunately named dude named Denzil) and somehow all three fall in love with Kate and her beauty. Sorry, you can't see it, but I just snickered like I was five when I typed that. I don't even get why Kate likes horror, it seems superficial at best the way Cusick describes it. She doesn't even go into her favorite authors. And Kate's writing is so terrific that she is singled out in class which makes someone jealous enough to kill (she's the teacher's pet). This book had so many twists and turns I refuse to follow them all. And this was a bit more gruesome than her other works (people find body parts lying around) but it still seemed like a haha type murderous place instead of straight up Camp Crystal Lake. The writing wasn't very good in this one and the characters we meet are shallow. Once again you imagine there are only really 6 people in this book (Kate, Gideon, Pearce, Denzil, Kate's teacher, and also a young girl named Tawney who will cause you to go, well bless your heart a lot while reading about the things she's saying) and you imagine that other people exist, but not really since Kate never speaks to any of them. I laughed out loud while reading this ending around 1 am. The evil-doer is found out, I called BS on that whole thing, Kate kisses one dude, and then the other, both dudes still in love with her and promise to fight for her love (why???) and she hops on a train with her teacher. Um, you all were just murdered and there was a fire, why the heck are the cops allowing them to leave just like that just an hour or so after the events are revealed. I have watched enough of The First 48 to know they just couldn't go home like that. Also where are Kate's parents? You think she call them instead of having her heart beat fast cause she's looking at one of her beau's profile.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Canino

    A teen thriller tied up and unmasked to reveal... it was a secret gothic romance all along?!? Yeah, and it would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling, skinny dipping poetesses! RTC goes full bonkers with this cracked gem, offering a smorgasbord of unproductive writer's retreats, possible ghosts, dead sisters, mysterious gloves, aloof cats, poison ivy attacks, secret twins, psychologist-at-the-end-of-Psycho monologues, and multiple acts of smooching men way too old for yo A teen thriller tied up and unmasked to reveal... it was a secret gothic romance all along?!? Yeah, and it would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling, skinny dipping poetesses! RTC goes full bonkers with this cracked gem, offering a smorgasbord of unproductive writer's retreats, possible ghosts, dead sisters, mysterious gloves, aloof cats, poison ivy attacks, secret twins, psychologist-at-the-end-of-Psycho monologues, and multiple acts of smooching men way too old for you, girl. MVP goes to Tawney, the sweet, super-helpful teen kitchen worker and aspiring wordsmith, who loves being buck naked and blockheaded, and has the nicest spirit anybody ever did see.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Armand

    I enjoyed this one a lot. The scares got a bit ridiculous but I'm not complaining. I'm pleasantly surprised that Kate's friends have unique personalities since in most retro YA they're often cardboard characters. Denzil's wiseass cracks are funny and his sarcasm, next-level. Tawney's dim-witted persona is believable and hilarious. When she was banned from the kitchen where she worked after burning some muffins and almost extending the favor to the whole building, she composed a poem, "Muffin Mad I enjoyed this one a lot. The scares got a bit ridiculous but I'm not complaining. I'm pleasantly surprised that Kate's friends have unique personalities since in most retro YA they're often cardboard characters. Denzil's wiseass cracks are funny and his sarcasm, next-level. Tawney's dim-witted persona is believable and hilarious. When she was banned from the kitchen where she worked after burning some muffins and almost extending the favor to the whole building, she composed a poem, "Muffin Madness, My Early Morning Sadness". That had me chuckling. The setting is a writers' convention/workshop set in a camp. This is of course preferable to a school setting, where any hint of romance between a teacher's pet and her maestro is strictly verboten. And yes, there's some major flirting here and it's not just between our lead and her guru. She also kissed a handsome someone she was previously very wary of after the latter caught his leg in a steel trap that was meant for her. Sometimes I just didn't understand what's happening anymore but I dug all that craziness. There is a sad and wretched family affair underpinning all of this, but I shan't be spoiling anything. It's a worthy read, and not shallow at all. I'm rating it 7/10 or 3 whacked out stars out of 5.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JC

    You know, no matter how many times I've read this, I never remember who the killer is. Probably because all these sketchy-ass men should be locked up! You know, no matter how many times I've read this, I never remember who the killer is. Probably because all these sketchy-ass men should be locked up!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grace Chan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Welcome to Camp Convoluted in Hot Mess City, where you too can have a migraine trying to make sense of all this inanity!! Our protag Kate goes to a writer's camp out in the woods, and weird shit starts going down. A severed hand in glove is found in the woods, and then disappears...some freak is hanging out with an axe by the lake...you know, the usual. And some wack-job shrouded lady named Rowena is chilling in the woods, talking in dumb weird sing-songs to our protagonist, and then we find out Welcome to Camp Convoluted in Hot Mess City, where you too can have a migraine trying to make sense of all this inanity!! Our protag Kate goes to a writer's camp out in the woods, and weird shit starts going down. A severed hand in glove is found in the woods, and then disappears...some freak is hanging out with an axe by the lake...you know, the usual. And some wack-job shrouded lady named Rowena is chilling in the woods, talking in dumb weird sing-songs to our protagonist, and then we find out the wackadoo is the teacher's sister who supposedly had perished in a raging fire. But then--SURPRISE!!--Rowena is actually the groundskeeper in drag, going on a killing spree all in the name of his crispy fried dead lover! NORMAN BATES, EAT YOUR HEART OUT! But at least Kate our protagonist gets to make out with the teacher (EWW), the groundskeeper (she totally didn't know he was PSYCHO yet, so it's ok :p) and the cook in a cowboy hat named Denzil Doyle (LMAOO). 2 out of 5 lip-smacking smooches from Kate, but you turn you head away because you don't want anything to do with this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    Apparently, Kate is beautiful and also frighteningly talented. I have no evidence of this, but we were told at least 45 times every chapter, so I won’t argue.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kasha's Book Sematary

    This story started out really strong and I was really loving it. However the plot kept getting messy and there is a cringey autolove as well that I was not a fan of. Kate loves horror and wants to become a horror writer. She goes to a seminar to learn and attend a class by one of her favorite horror authors. However when she arrives at this camp/retreat where the seminar is taking place, she starts to feel like someone is watching her, following her. The mystery part was a good idea that did not This story started out really strong and I was really loving it. However the plot kept getting messy and there is a cringey autolove as well that I was not a fan of. Kate loves horror and wants to become a horror writer. She goes to a seminar to learn and attend a class by one of her favorite horror authors. However when she arrives at this camp/retreat where the seminar is taking place, she starts to feel like someone is watching her, following her. The mystery part was a good idea that did not succeed in my opinion because when trying to make it more intricate, it backfired and became messy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I had this book as a kid and know I read it many, many times. However, I didn't remember anything about it other than the cover. Teen Creeps Podcast is covering it this week and ever since I started listening to their show, this is a book title I've thought about revisiting. So, what better time than now? This didn't hold up for me. I feel this weird loyalty to the idea of the book I wore out so long ago, but I think there is a reason I remembered nothing about it other than the cover. I tried so I had this book as a kid and know I read it many, many times. However, I didn't remember anything about it other than the cover. Teen Creeps Podcast is covering it this week and ever since I started listening to their show, this is a book title I've thought about revisiting. So, what better time than now? This didn't hold up for me. I feel this weird loyalty to the idea of the book I wore out so long ago, but I think there is a reason I remembered nothing about it other than the cover. I tried so hard to get into the mindset of time, place, and audience, but wow. The relationships made no sense. (view spoiler)[This takes place over like 4 or 5 days? Yet two (three?) men fall in love with our heroine and it sets off a killer? The friendships between Kate, Denzil, and Tawney never really flowed. Tawney, poor Tawney. When I came across her name, I suddenly remembered being obsessed with it for a bit after this book, so I had hopes for her character since I'd loved her name. She is such a punchline for most of the book that I swung between heavy eyerolling and feeling sorry for her. Denzil had a few good lines as the only one making sense at times, but I think it was supposed to show more jealousy than being the voice of reason. Also the way he treated Tawney at times (and Kate) was very off putting. Gideon felt like a creeper for going so hot and heavy on a student day one. And I am not sure I buy that Merriam was fully unrequited. Kate's feelings on Pearce 180'd so hard I got whiplash when she started making out with him after being terrified of him earlier in the scene. Where the hell did that come from? All her decisions in that scene made no sense. Get that man some actual help, don't lay there and make out with him. And isn't this the same day she made out with Gideon in the morning? I mean, get it girl, but her character doesn't come across as the type to just have fun with multiple people. Also it was insane to me how so much would happen in a day and almost none of it be related to the actual workshop she was there to attend. *Get up *Meet with Gideon to review her story (which she didn't turn in, her actual teacher did) *Walk with Gideon in the woods *Make out *Find glove *Go to town (excuse me, the village) with her new friends who work at the camp *Come back *Go to afternoon class (only class of the day and one of only two that Kate attends in the book, with a third scheduled but cancelled) *Afternoon class assignment turns out to be go write atmosphere *Find and leave her actual teacher on trail to cave *Find scary man in cave *BEAR TRAP *Make out with concussed, suddenly not scary man while refusing to leave to get him actual medical help *Rescue *Find watch *Get feelings hurt that a man you met yesterday and made out with once that morning may actually have a life you don't know about and be using you *Go to his house and climb his gate *Let yourself in *Get kicked out *Friends find you and sort of call you out Jam packed day with pretty much only the most tangential of writer's conference framing sprinkled in. And it's the day the most writer's stuff happens. (hide spoiler)] It was quick read. I am glad I revisited it because it has been nagging at me for years now, but I really did have a hard time seeing exactly what I love so much about it when I was young.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Teacher's Pet is a light horror novel that follows along on the trail of young adult horror created by R.L. Stine. For kids who wanted to experience horror but not on a scale of say King, they could pick up the Point novels and get a pretty decent experience. The covers on a lot of them were insane, and it's easy to see why so many adults pick these up to revisit them as adults. Are they perfect? Of course not, but that's not the point. They were often times predictable and cheesy and that's wh Teacher's Pet is a light horror novel that follows along on the trail of young adult horror created by R.L. Stine. For kids who wanted to experience horror but not on a scale of say King, they could pick up the Point novels and get a pretty decent experience. The covers on a lot of them were insane, and it's easy to see why so many adults pick these up to revisit them as adults. Are they perfect? Of course not, but that's not the point. They were often times predictable and cheesy and that's why I loved them. Teacher's Pet is a decent novel that reads more like a thriller/mystery than a straight up horror novel. The plot is simple but adds enough twists and turns to keep your eyeballs glued to the page. Cusik is a writer who doesn't waste a lot of time with character developments due to the number of pages, but what she delivers is a swift moving plot that does make you groan a little at times but there's enough suspense here to make up for it. While most authors in this genre just follow Stine's example, Cusick attempts to breath new life into the genre by adding a bit of PG rated gore. For what the book is and the audience it's written for, it's got enough suspense to keep most readers happy. You can't help but feel for Kate even though at times it doesn't make sense. Why is she targeted, an who is the person responsible? She gives us enough characters and even a bit of a hint as to who it could be but when the big reveal arrives it's just shocking enough to make you feel like an idiot for not figuring it sooner.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Craig Thompson

    Can I swear ? F it .... this is awful. Ok , it’s from 1990 / 91 but wow , like something else . Put this point Horror at the bottom and when you finally get to it read something else . Nothing happens (spoiler alert) more nothing happens followed by pages and pages of nothing happening . Urgh , that’s my one word review : Urgh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Not gonna lie, this was pretty bad. The ending seemed flung out of absolutely nowhere and Kate’s ability to attract men to her like a magnet was bizarre - especially considering how much older Gideon and Pearce seemed. And then the Denzil romance is creepily chucked in at the end. I thought Tawney was the baddie all along - but nope, they were just being mean to her with no consequence.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    I used to absolutely LOVE the Point Horror books! I would go through each of them in one sitting, for the most part. They definitely tweaked my interested in the horror genre.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Classic PH, in that there are plot holes like fault lines, actual idiot people and a totally ludicrous storyline. 8.5/10

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would give this 2.5 on pure nostalgia alone, but I ended up giving it 2. I first read this when the YA horror genre was just coming into vogue: all the R.L. Stine Fear Street books, and Christopher Pike, and Cusick were the rage when I was in high school. I remembered this being one of my favorites out of the bunch, along with Pike's Remember Me and Weekend. Feeling nostalgic - and wanting a quick read - I sought this one out. Wooo boy. Let me tell you, aging 20 years will definitely give a new I would give this 2.5 on pure nostalgia alone, but I ended up giving it 2. I first read this when the YA horror genre was just coming into vogue: all the R.L. Stine Fear Street books, and Christopher Pike, and Cusick were the rage when I was in high school. I remembered this being one of my favorites out of the bunch, along with Pike's Remember Me and Weekend. Feeling nostalgic - and wanting a quick read - I sought this one out. Wooo boy. Let me tell you, aging 20 years will definitely give a new perspective on this book. Kate is a (I assume) high school student going to a writer's retreat with her creative writing teacher. It's at a camp in the middle of the woods (point here for being in a location prone to creepiness) with classes taught by writing instructors. I assume the only things they teach here are romance and horror - because that's all the classes we hear about: Kate for horror and her teacher for romance. For someone given a retreat to hone her craft, Kate really doesn't go to any classes. She really only seems to go to 2, and it's during the first one that she's singled out by the teacher, Gideon Drewe. He, of course, is dazzled by her beauty at first glance. Problem 1: she's, what, 17? His age is never stated, but he "looks young," so I'm assuming at least mid-20s, especially since he's been published quite often and travels a lot (for work, I assume. There's a lot of assumptions going on in this book). And - of COURSE - Kate is already a brilliant writer. Which, ok, some people have a natural talent, but this just adds to Kate's Mary Sueness. She's beautiful, caught the eye of the teacher, AND is a talented writer. But the point is, we have an at least 25-year-old man becoming infatuated with a high schooler. It happens, but it doesn't make it less icky. From here, we meet the other main characters: Pearce, the tall/dark/handsome/troubled/mysterious/oh-so-bad-boy caretaker of the camp that is owned by Gideon and his brother William; Denzil, an 18-year-old who also works at the camp, who immediately takes Kate under his wing; and his sidekick, the sweet but quite dim Tawney. Kate's teacher suffers an extreme case of poison ivy and is shipped off to the hospital quite early, so she's out of the way. I enjoyed Denzil and Tawney's characters best out of the crew, but they still seemed to fall flat from what I remembered. And since this is YA, we of course have the love triangle. Or quadrangle. I'm not entirely sure. Kate falls in love with Gideon, Gideon falls in love with her. Pearce admits being attracted to Kate, and even though Pearce gave Kate the heebie-jeebies at first, NATURALLY she starts developing feelings for him, especially after a nasty accident causes bodily harm to Pearce (because who can't help falling in love with a man who's just had his foot almost torn off by a bear trap??). And Denzil falls in love with Kate. Kate kisses Gideon, Gideon kisses Kate. Kate kisses Pearce (while he's practically bleeding out), who kisses her in return. Kate kisses Denzil, Denzil kisses her. Really, I was waiting for Tawney and Kate to kiss. She kisses half the camp, and this retreat is only a couple of days long! So anyway, the plot happens. Someone is out to get Kate because she's caught the eye of Gideon. Starts leaving threatening messages, cuts up her clothes while she and Tawney are swimming, destroys her belongings in her cabin and sacrifices an animal in her shower, and later sets her cabin on fire. She finds a hand in a glove in the woods. She also runs across a mysterious woman in the woods near the Drewe house, but Gideon shrugs this off as one of his brother's weirdo friends. But then later we find out there was a third Drewe sibling, Gideon's twin Rowena, who was a wee bit off her rocker, tried to kill William but ended up being caught in the fire, and died. No one's really recovered from her death. William, of course, hasn't been seen in weeks but is assumed to be off on another bender somewhere. Tortured writers, amiright? Gideon starts acting strangely, Kate gets drawn more and more to him, Rowena may or may not actually be alive. Turns out, Pearce has been playing as Rowena all this time. He set the fire to kill William to free Rowena, didn't realize she had been locked in William's room and died as a result. This made him go mad, end up in some weird split personality situation where he BECOMES Rowena, sees Gideon and Pearce falling in love with Kate, and sets out to destroy the one trying to take her place. It was a convoluted mess with flat characters. Kate is the annoying Mary Sue: everything happens to her; she doesn't take action on anything. Dissolves into tears (which, I guess I can understand. She came to a retreat without a thought that she'd be singled out with someone trying to kill her). But she just moves with the story instead of moving the story. She really doesn't do anything to improve her situation, just makes it worse by kissing everyone she meets. And the ending: after Pearce is caught, Gideon makes a comment that the doctors said his delusion has gone on for quite some time. Excuse me - we're a couple hours, maybe, from his being caught? What doctors? If this was known, WHY was he still allowed to run the camp? Why wasn't he in a hospital somewhere? And where were the cops? A cabin's been set on fire, there's no fire trucks there, William's been chopped up into pieces and strewn about the camp, and Kate's just allowed to get on the train and head home. You'd think she'd be questioned about the events and her part in all them, but it just seems like no one cares about what happened. The Drewes aren't rich enough to buy off the police. How are they going to explain William's disappearance? Sometimes things that you loved in childhood should just be left there so you don't spoil the illusion. This was definitely one of them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Ever wonder how you get caught up in family drama by attending a writers conference? Richie Tankersley Cusick certainly can make this happen, atleast if you read the book. Our main character Kate goes to a writers conference, hoping to listen to one of the best horror writers of her time. Oh and she loves to be scared! A short story in which people have such an ease with each other, trust is easily built and definately broken. I loved the setting, having this conference in the woods. The scary g Ever wonder how you get caught up in family drama by attending a writers conference? Richie Tankersley Cusick certainly can make this happen, atleast if you read the book. Our main character Kate goes to a writers conference, hoping to listen to one of the best horror writers of her time. Oh and she loves to be scared! A short story in which people have such an ease with each other, trust is easily built and definately broken. I loved the setting, having this conference in the woods. The scary ghost stories shared around the camp fire. Tawney was a favourite of mine. I've never read point horror where there is a character like that. Sweet yet fully oblivious. Denzel was awesome, the way he continued to Crack jokes put of the blue - even with the darkness threatening him and his friends. Four stars, I always enjoy point horror books. This is published in the 90s so if you want to read you will have to hit up your second hand bookstore or try and find it online.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather A

    I received a copy through Netgalley. I love that all the old Point Horror books are coming back as ebooks. I read so many of these over and over when I was young. I must admit I remember the cover with the black cat for this one but don't remember the plot at all. The plot centres around Kate who goes to a writing retreat to meet a famous horror writer and at the camp she makes some new friends funny cute Denzil and sweet but dim Twaney. Alls going well until creepy thing start happening . The sto I received a copy through Netgalley. I love that all the old Point Horror books are coming back as ebooks. I read so many of these over and over when I was young. I must admit I remember the cover with the black cat for this one but don't remember the plot at all. The plot centres around Kate who goes to a writing retreat to meet a famous horror writer and at the camp she makes some new friends funny cute Denzil and sweet but dim Twaney. Alls going well until creepy thing start happening . The story was okay and fairly slow to start but the latter part of the book the or becomes really quite twisted. Some nice creepy atmosphere and some good curve balls to throw the reader about. It wasn't - at least not to me - obvious where the plot was going. And some damn good twists at the end. A fast fun read. Thank you to Netgalley and Open Road Media for the chance to view the title.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex (The Bookubus)

    Kate is a horror fan and a budding writer, and is excited to be accompanying her English teacher to a writing conference. On arrival, the famous author who is supposed to be teaching classes is missing. And that is just the first of many strange things that start to happen... This story felt a little more 'adult' that some of the other books in the Point Horror series. I think the setting of the writing conference had something to do with that as it took us out of the familiar high school setting Kate is a horror fan and a budding writer, and is excited to be accompanying her English teacher to a writing conference. On arrival, the famous author who is supposed to be teaching classes is missing. And that is just the first of many strange things that start to happen... This story felt a little more 'adult' that some of the other books in the Point Horror series. I think the setting of the writing conference had something to do with that as it took us out of the familiar high school setting. Also, there were some older characters (and some questionable romantic moments). And there is a skinny-dipping scene, which felt a little risque for what is essentially a kids book! I thought this one was okay, it was quite fun and fast-paced. I did not guess the reveal at the end and I quite enjoyed the far-fetched and bonkers storyline!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gina Dickerson

    I first read this when I was a teenager. I really had a thing for Point Horror books back in the early nineties! I remembered this as being one of my favourite books of the series and, upon revisiting it, I still love it. A quick, easy read, with chills and a twist. I enjoyed rereading this, especially over Halloween!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    One of my YA horror treats that sit on my shelf. I re-read this 2 years ago and about 18 to 20 years after first reading it. Entertaining but not very realistic. Lots of twists and turns and there is the creepy camp setting to fall back on and a killer on the loose with a handful of potential suspects Wasnt thrilled with the whole ending but it's YA, what are you expecting lol. One of my YA horror treats that sit on my shelf. I re-read this 2 years ago and about 18 to 20 years after first reading it. Entertaining but not very realistic. Lots of twists and turns and there is the creepy camp setting to fall back on and a killer on the loose with a handful of potential suspects Wasnt thrilled with the whole ending but it's YA, what are you expecting lol.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Re-read this for Episode 2 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Re-read this for Episode 2 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  23. 4 out of 5

    PN

    Before now the only book I had ever read by this author was The Mall which I loved as a teenager. And even when I read it recently as an adult, there was still that touch of nostalgia there, even as I rolled my eyes at all the teenage tropes. And there were quite a few. There may be slight spoilers ahead so read at your own risk although to be fair the book has been out since 1990. Enter Kate, a would be horror writer who goes to camp and meets not one, not two, but THREE guys who seem to have t Before now the only book I had ever read by this author was The Mall which I loved as a teenager. And even when I read it recently as an adult, there was still that touch of nostalgia there, even as I rolled my eyes at all the teenage tropes. And there were quite a few. There may be slight spoilers ahead so read at your own risk although to be fair the book has been out since 1990. Enter Kate, a would be horror writer who goes to camp and meets not one, not two, but THREE guys who seem to have the hots for her even though one is a grumpy bear about showing it. I mean, apparently the love triangle (or in this case square) in YA has been around longer than I remember but I personally found it exhausting and I can see why now there is such an outcry in the world for platonic love. On her first outing with Gideon they kiss. Her encounter with Pearce by the cave and the bear trap she initiates the kiss which was weird to me because he had been a Grade A jerk to her thus far in the A The book played with the fact that Denzil might be a platonic friend but alas more kissy times happened at the end. I will admit the mystery of who was behind the attacks was engaging and then the reveals were a bit shocking. But then it got to the final 'twist' and I looked at my phone (as I was reading it on the Hoopla app) and was like “Are you freaking kidding me?” And it's not even that I'm reading it as an adult that made me groan. Teen Me would have been taken aback. I may not have been as enraged as Adult Me is but I wouldn't have been happy. And the reason was that it seemed like it was phoned in. At least with other stories with this twist you can go back or remember and see the signs. This one? Seemed to come completely out of nowhere and was just thrown in I guess for a shock value? But it seemed weak and honestly the villain being the way it as originally presented would have been better. That 'twist' is what dropped the book to a two-star because up until then it rain pretty much on course for a teen horror from that time. But that wasn't a good one even by the standards of those days. I did not have said nostalgia for this book so I read it a bit more critically than I did The Mall, even though it's the same 1990's Point Horror teenage genre. All that said, for me at least, it wasn't great The Mall even with all of its problematic threads and there are quite a few. I'm also sad that Tawney was actually that dumb. :(

  24. 4 out of 5

    Read With Tarina

    Kate gets an exciting opportunity to attend a writer’s retreat that is being led by one of her favourite authors, Mr. William Drewe. However, Mr. Drewe doesn’t turn up to class. Everyone assumes that he is off on a drunken bender & his brother Gideon substitutes his class. Kate catches Gideon’s eyes & quickly becomes known as the teacher’s pet. But someone isn’t happy with this. Someone becomes insanely jealous & starts cutting up Kate’s clothes, sending her threatening messages & destroying her Kate gets an exciting opportunity to attend a writer’s retreat that is being led by one of her favourite authors, Mr. William Drewe. However, Mr. Drewe doesn’t turn up to class. Everyone assumes that he is off on a drunken bender & his brother Gideon substitutes his class. Kate catches Gideon’s eyes & quickly becomes known as the teacher’s pet. But someone isn’t happy with this. Someone becomes insanely jealous & starts cutting up Kate’s clothes, sending her threatening messages & destroying her log cabin. Who has it out for Kate? And what exactly happened to William? Is everything all as it seems? This book has a few things going for it - a camp setting, new friends, a missing teacher, the handsome Gideon, unsettling rumours & odd mysterious things happening around the camp. I was quickly pulled into the story & I quite liked it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I don't often like short fiction books, especially when they're meant for teen and younger readers. It seems too short to really tell a story with a good ending, and the storytelling is usually cheesy and cringey. But this one is different. I read this book many years ago, and have since gotten rid of it and picked it up a few times. Each time I find it, I feel sure that I remember how the story goes, so I leave it where it is. This time I brought it home with me, picked it up and didn't put it I don't often like short fiction books, especially when they're meant for teen and younger readers. It seems too short to really tell a story with a good ending, and the storytelling is usually cheesy and cringey. But this one is different. I read this book many years ago, and have since gotten rid of it and picked it up a few times. Each time I find it, I feel sure that I remember how the story goes, so I leave it where it is. This time I brought it home with me, picked it up and didn't put it down until the last page, and I surprised myself by what I really didn't remember. I'll admit that I like this book more than pretty much every Christopher Pike book I've read, and if I ever find another book by Richie, I'll be picking it up to try.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kath Olukoya

    I read tons of Point Horrors as a teen and was feeling nostalgic about them so I thought I would revisit some of them. I remember enjoying this one at the time and I thought it was one of my favourites but on a reread I think I am going to revise that opinion! There are so many things wrong with this book ranging from the omniscient roaming third person perspective to the (mis)treatment of topics such as mental health and inappropriate student-teacher relationships. But I guess it was acceptable I read tons of Point Horrors as a teen and was feeling nostalgic about them so I thought I would revisit some of them. I remember enjoying this one at the time and I thought it was one of my favourites but on a reread I think I am going to revise that opinion! There are so many things wrong with this book ranging from the omniscient roaming third person perspective to the (mis)treatment of topics such as mental health and inappropriate student-teacher relationships. But I guess it was acceptable in the 90s! I don't think I will be reserving a place for this on my bookshelf, but I will continue catching up on Point Horrors- the R L Stine ones were my favourites and I have his new Fear Street on my TBR too.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josh Stevens

    “I'll show you secrets if you stay...you'll never know if you run away.” . Needed a quick halloween read and this one caught my eye. A good teen horror read, very 90s with a lot of horror cliches (You’re being singled out and harassed by a crazy person, why would it be a good idea to go for a nighttime hike through some scary woods by yourself?!) but it was perfect for the season. . #90steenhorrorbooks #whathappenedtothecat #yahorror #youngadult “I'll show you secrets if you stay...you'll never know if you run away.” . Needed a quick halloween read and this one caught my eye. A good teen horror read, very 90s with a lot of horror cliches (You’re being singled out and harassed by a crazy person, why would it be a good idea to go for a nighttime hike through some scary woods by yourself?!) but it was perfect for the season. . #90steenhorrorbooks #whathappenedtothecat #yahorror #youngadult

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I wasn’t expecting a camp setting due to the misleading cover, I still thought it was cool. None of the “scares” really got me but I did enjoy the characters, I though Denzil n Tawney made neat side characters. I’m a sucker for stupid cowboy puns. The ending was definitely a let down though, and I wish something more had been done w the horror of body parts being strewn around the camp.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This has always been a point horror I’ve wanted to read, so I was highly delighted when it was the point horror bookclub pick for the month! I also never read anything by RT Cusick before either, I will definitely be checking out her other point horror books. It had a really good spooky atmosphere, and great thriller aspects. I half guessed the story, but also got it slightly wrong. I loved all the characters, including the spooky ones too. If your point horror fan, definitely pick this up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Merry

    A great, brooding little horror that keeps you guessing right up to the climax and doesn't skimp on the creepiness. There are a couple of corny bits, and everyone falling for the protagonist is a total cliche, but for a story aimed at young teens, these are forgivable. Another gem from the Richie Tankersley Cusick vaults. A great, brooding little horror that keeps you guessing right up to the climax and doesn't skimp on the creepiness. There are a couple of corny bits, and everyone falling for the protagonist is a total cliche, but for a story aimed at young teens, these are forgivable. Another gem from the Richie Tankersley Cusick vaults.

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