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Jenny just wants to forget the man who murdered all the baby-sitters. The man who almost murdered her. He's dead now. And Jenny's gone to visit her cousin Debra. But Debra has a baby-sitting job. And now she's getting those phone calls, too. Just like the ones Jenny used to get: Hi, Babes. I'm back. Company's coming... Jenny just wants to forget the man who murdered all the baby-sitters. The man who almost murdered her. He's dead now. And Jenny's gone to visit her cousin Debra. But Debra has a baby-sitting job. And now she's getting those phone calls, too. Just like the ones Jenny used to get: Hi, Babes. I'm back. Company's coming...


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Jenny just wants to forget the man who murdered all the baby-sitters. The man who almost murdered her. He's dead now. And Jenny's gone to visit her cousin Debra. But Debra has a baby-sitting job. And now she's getting those phone calls, too. Just like the ones Jenny used to get: Hi, Babes. I'm back. Company's coming... Jenny just wants to forget the man who murdered all the baby-sitters. The man who almost murdered her. He's dead now. And Jenny's gone to visit her cousin Debra. But Debra has a baby-sitting job. And now she's getting those phone calls, too. Just like the ones Jenny used to get: Hi, Babes. I'm back. Company's coming...

30 review for The Baby-Sitter 3 (The Baby-Sitter, #3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Still effected by the events from 2 years ago, Jenny has swapped babysitting for working in The Doughnut Hole. Whilst her mum having recently been laid off and the family could do with the money, it’s really very supportive of her to have noticing that Jenny is still traumatised by the attack that nearly killed her and suggests that she stays with her cousin Debra. It’s actually a pleasant surprise as parents are normally nonexistent in Point Horror! Of course it’s soon revealed that Debra has a ba Still effected by the events from 2 years ago, Jenny has swapped babysitting for working in The Doughnut Hole. Whilst her mum having recently been laid off and the family could do with the money, it’s really very supportive of her to have noticing that Jenny is still traumatised by the attack that nearly killed her and suggests that she stays with her cousin Debra. It’s actually a pleasant surprise as parents are normally nonexistent in Point Horror! Of course it’s soon revealed that Debra has a babysitting job and wants Jenny to join her. I have to question how close the family link is as surly that’s the worst possible situation to put Jenny in?!? I personally blame Debra’s mother for allow this situation to unfold. It’s not long before the phone calls start again, could Jenny’s attacker Mr Hagen has returned from the grave? I really felt for Jenny and it’s not surprising on her first night babysitting with her cousin that she really struggles with her anxieties. It actually feels quite progressive for a 90’s teen horror book to be tackling mental health issues. I’m not surprised that The Baby-Sitter is so fondly remembered as this is another strong entry in the series. These are probably Stine’s best books for Point Horror.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    My burning questions at the end of Jenny’s second babysitting gig were: ☎️ Does Jenny really need to go through this a third time? ☎️ Is anyone going to buy the poor girl an answering machine so she can screen her phone calls? ☎️ Is Jenny going to finally get a job other than babysitting since it’s not going so well for her? The answers are maybe, no and yes. I’m pleased to report that Jenny’s latest job is not a babysitting gig! Instead she’s got a summer job at The Doughnut Hole. Great work, Jenny My burning questions at the end of Jenny’s second babysitting gig were: ☎️ Does Jenny really need to go through this a third time? ☎️ Is anyone going to buy the poor girl an answering machine so she can screen her phone calls? ☎️ Is Jenny going to finally get a job other than babysitting since it’s not going so well for her? The answers are maybe, no and yes. I’m pleased to report that Jenny’s latest job is not a babysitting gig! Instead she’s got a summer job at The Doughnut Hole. Great work, Jenny! I would like one of everything please. Two years after her first brush with death, Jenny is still attending therapy sessions with Dr Schindler. Given the events of the second book I imagine that would have been quite awkward for a while. I’m not entirely sure how well therapy is working for her as Jenny’s still pretty likely to scream at any given moment and her nightmares haven’t let up, but she’s trying and you’ve got to give her credit for that. Her mother and psychiatrist both agree it would be good for Jenny to have a change of scenery so instead of serving me donuts (like we planned) she’s going to visit her cousin, Debra, over the summer. Jenny’s moody boyfriend, Cal, isn’t so impressed (he must have wanted donuts too). Jenny is pretty good at picking boys that go from easygoing to pouty or angry in an instant. Debra, whose main interest seems to be tossing her long blonde hair, also needs some assistance in the dating department. Her ex, Don, seems to think it’s entirely acceptable to show up unannounced in her bedroom. Who let him inside the house in the first place? Who knows?! Of course, Debra has a regular babysitting job and thinks nothing of bringing Jenny along with her. “Jenny, come on,” Debra urged. “It’ll be fun.” Does she really not know about her cousin’s babysitting curse? It turns out that when you have a curse attached to you it follows you, even when you visit your cousin. Only this time it’s Debra who’s getting the creepy phone calls. Maybe the curse is genetic? Or transferrable? “I just don’t understand why he called you” It almost sounds like Jenny is jealous of the attention her cousin is getting. Big spoilers are included in this book for Jenny’s two previous starring roles as Girl Most Likely to Scream so beware of those if you haven’t already experienced those screams. One thing I have to say about this series: there’s not much of a resolution for anyone. While I’m curious about a couple of characters, there’s one in particular who needs more page time. I would have liked Maggie’s story to have had some kind of ending rather than me wondering if she was ever going to get what was hers, whatever that was. My main question mark relating to this book is pretty insignificant but it’s bugging me nonetheless: How did Cal know where Debra was babysitting? The reveal simply didn’t work for me this time. I understand where Stine was going with it and, let’s face it, child me would have had to pick their jaw off the floor. However, adult me needed more depth to the characters and storyline to buy it. It should make for an interesting opener for the fourth book though, where hopefully someone will finally buy this girl an answering machine! Blog - https://schizanthusnerd.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    I will be rereading and will do a review then.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Dezan

    repetitive, disoriented and fragile mother or father of the child she is babysitting. child is either extremely smart or odd. creepy phone call. thinks it's a dead guy. Meh do I have to go on? repetitive, disoriented and fragile mother or father of the child she is babysitting. child is either extremely smart or odd. creepy phone call. thinks it's a dead guy. Meh do I have to go on?

  5. 5 out of 5

    {U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y}

    ***October 2019 reads #6*** This one is my favorite from the whole series. The setting and plot is the best. The twist at the end reminded me of 80's horror movies. ***October 2019 reads #6*** This one is my favorite from the whole series. The setting and plot is the best. The twist at the end reminded me of 80's horror movies.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Two years ago, Jenny Jeffers was stalked, harassed, and attacked over the course of a simple babysitting job. Her stalker met a gruesome end, and that should have been that. "Hi, Babes. It's me." One year ago, out of school for the summer, and enjoying the company of a new boyfriend, Jenny took another babysitting job. A different family. A different house. Until the phone rang, and she heard that awful, raspy voice a second time. "I'm alive." Today, Jenny's trying to find a normal job like a normal Two years ago, Jenny Jeffers was stalked, harassed, and attacked over the course of a simple babysitting job. Her stalker met a gruesome end, and that should have been that. "Hi, Babes. It's me." One year ago, out of school for the summer, and enjoying the company of a new boyfriend, Jenny took another babysitting job. A different family. A different house. Until the phone rang, and she heard that awful, raspy voice a second time. "I'm alive." Today, Jenny's trying to find a normal job like a normal teenage girl, one with regular hours that doesn't involve keeping an eye on children in someone else's home. She'll work when she can, spend time with Cal when she can't, and live one day at a time like the rest of the kids her age. One thing's for sure: Jenny's done with babysitting for good. "I'm back." For once in her life, she gets some good news: Jenny's aunt invites her to spend time with her cousin Debra. Her mom's convinced a change of scenery and the chance to meet new people will take Jenny's mind off the horrible events of the past two years. Out in the countryside, away from home, she'll make new friends, and enjoy a carefree summer with extended family. Cal will be disappointed, of course, but Jenny's sure he'll understand. There was just one little thing Debra neglected to mention. She accepted a little summer job. Nothing major, and only three nights a week. Mrs. Wagner's attending night classes, you see, and she needs someone to keep an eye on her little Patrick while she's out studying. Jenny tells herself there won't be a problem because Debra's the babysitter, and it's a completely new town. Then the phone rings, and Jenny's nightmares begin again. "Company's coming, Babes." * * * * * I have to hand it to Stine: the third book in this series doesn't disappoint. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the best of the three I've read so far. While I sussed out the responsible parties in the first two books well before their respective reveals, The Babysitter III left me utterly clueless right up to the end, with a twist I never saw coming. After the story's conclusion, I mulled it over in my head and I had a few questions, so I went back to double-check. There's no mischief. Stine plays fairly, and though the ending isn't as telegraphed as it is in the first two books, someone paying attention to everything could potentially reason out who's behind all the phone calls this time. I pride myself on a reasonable ability to pick out clues in mysteries such as these, but when I'm fooled I'm happy to admit it. You got me, Mr. Stine. I didn't see that one coming. The Babysitter III reads differently from the first two. While the previous books get into the action almost immediately, in this one it's 84 pages before the phone rings for the first time. For a teen thriller with a page count under two hundred, that's a lot of build-up, yet it doesn't feel wasted here, and it's important because Stine's essentially introducing a new protagonist in Debra. Stine splits much of the book, in fact, following the two girls in their different routines: Jenny with her summer job at the horse stables and Debra with her babysitting job. The two girls' lives intersect after-hours when they're home together, or out on a group movie date, but since we spend so much time in Debra's head, we need to know more about her. Fortunately Debra's a fun girl to hang out with. She's a lot more outgoing than Jenny, confident in her looks, casual in her attitude, and equally casual with the way she goes through boyfriends. This is a nice contrast to Jenny's more introspective introversion, but Debra's far from immune to fear, whether it's at the mysterious calls or the alcoholic former sitter who still has a key to Mrs. Wagner's place and likes to turn up unannounced to "take what's rightfully mine". The list of potential suspects this time is a mile long: Jenny tells Debra the details of the previous two books, Debra later tells her boyfriend Mark about it, Mark tells the story to a couple of his friends over lunch, and before long it seems like there's nobody in town unfamiliar with poor Jenny's plight. Then, of course, everyone in Jenny's home town knows what happened, and a few of them, like her long-distance boyfriend Cal, know where and with whom she's staying. When I started reading this series, I wasn't expecting much. Stine is well known as a "churner", a writer with an output so prolific that he essentially owned whatever genre he wrote for due to sheer volume. Because of this, his stories tend towards the simplistic and, occasionally, the dumb. I went into The Babysitter with low expectations, and it basically delivered just that. The Babysitter II upped the ante, with a story that was still enjoyable even though I was able to deduce the identify of the stalker very quickly. By the third book this formula should have been as dead dull as some of the later Friday the 13th sequels, and yet it took the series in an entirely new direction. I was assuming that if I made it to part 3, I'd be laughing and rolling my eyes, and to a certain extent I was--teen angst is cringe-worthy, and these books splash enough of it around to wrench at least a year off the reader's life if taken seriously. Despite that, I'm still awarding The Babysitter III my seal of approval, and four whispered obscene phone calls out of five. I'm also wishing I had the fourth book in the series so I can see how Stine pulls it all together after that humdinger of an ending. Best Scene: Debra enjoys making some prank phone calls of her own. Even though she's dating Mark, she's also got the hots for Terry, and doesn't mind calling him up every so often and whispering to him that he's got a secret admirer. She always hangs up after a couple of minutes, and it's just a way for her to have a little fun before going to bed at night. One evening she talks Jenny into doing the calling for her. Jenny agrees but screws everything up, and the results are amusingly awful. Poor Jenny: all those personal experiences with raspy-voiced callers and she still can't talk a little dirty on the phone when there's a cute guy on the line. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sage Henderson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a good book, with a nice plot and an entertaining ending.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ineke

    My review is based on the Dutch version called 'de babysitter II', which erroneously is linked to the English babysitter 2 book here on Goodreads. The English 2 was never translated so they turned this one into the Dutch nr. 2, which I can understand but someone linked the books wrong here. Anyway. I liked this one more than the babysitter 1, it's a bit more original and less predictable, I guess. My review is based on the Dutch version called 'de babysitter II', which erroneously is linked to the English babysitter 2 book here on Goodreads. The English 2 was never translated so they turned this one into the Dutch nr. 2, which I can understand but someone linked the books wrong here. Anyway. I liked this one more than the babysitter 1, it's a bit more original and less predictable, I guess.

  9. 4 out of 5

    kirsten

    Here we go again. If I was Jenny I don't think I'd ever leave my house again. I wouldn't leave my room. I'd be home schooled, I'd say screw it to jobs, probably be heavily medicated with sleeping pills because really girl... Two years after the first book we once again meet up with Jenny as she's once again trying to live a normal life after the events of the first two books. This time she is off for a change of scenery to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin Debra. Then Debra starts gettin Here we go again. If I was Jenny I don't think I'd ever leave my house again. I wouldn't leave my room. I'd be home schooled, I'd say screw it to jobs, probably be heavily medicated with sleeping pills because really girl... Two years after the first book we once again meet up with Jenny as she's once again trying to live a normal life after the events of the first two books. This time she is off for a change of scenery to spend the summer with her aunt and cousin Debra. Then Debra starts getting phone calls while she's at her baby sitting job... "Hi babes I'm back..." Debra is convinced it's a sick prank, but Jenny is convinced that Mr Hagen is really alive and he's back to get her. I'm not sure what I can say about this series that hasn't already been said. Yes, it's still formulaic and simple but that's point horror for you. That doesn't mean it's bad. There are of course some plot holes but even the best books have those. I actually liked Debra a bit more than Jenny. She had a bit more of a personality and spunk to her. Back in the day I'd probably read a non-Point Horror book about her. Give me a sappy romance novel of the girl who can't make up her mind and calls boys late at night and gets off on it! I like the idea of Jenny snapping. She's obviously traumatised. Why wouldn't she? Of course I'm a bit confused on how the first phone call happened because Jenny was there when it did. Also confused on how she got the baby. I think I would have liked if there was a bit more of a mystery element like there was in the first one. I also wish we found out more about Maggie and the Wagners. Creepy house. Creepy lady. I know Stine was probably trying to set up Maggie as the caller but I would have liked to see more. Maybe even a plot that implied Maggie or Mrs Wagner did something to Mr Wagner (or is that too twisted for a PH book?). Despite all that this was once again another fun, quick read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Cuddon

    Classic Teenage R.L. Stine...I love it. LOL... Our main character is back after being terrorized and almost killed by the father of the child she was babysitting. She finds herself looking for new job, but then her mother sends her to her cousins' for the summer. While at her cousins the phone calls and nightmares begin again. What she believes is a nightmare coming true not only does she mentally fight with the last effecting of the event she previously went thru, but her cousin soon finds herse Classic Teenage R.L. Stine...I love it. LOL... Our main character is back after being terrorized and almost killed by the father of the child she was babysitting. She finds herself looking for new job, but then her mother sends her to her cousins' for the summer. While at her cousins the phone calls and nightmares begin again. What she believes is a nightmare coming true not only does she mentally fight with the last effecting of the event she previously went thru, but her cousin soon finds herself having to face the same horrors. Personally, I thought this what a great book. Classic if you want that teenage, corny, kooky language and drama that has always been a part of R.L. Stine Fear Street series. It's funny, sometimes creepy, sometimes annoying, and always satisfying in the end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I definitely liked this one a lot more than the last one. However, it really sucked when it turns out that her cousin had a psychotic break and is pretending to be the psycho killer. I definitely liked her better than the other main character and it was a bit more fast pace than the other book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I actually didn’t see this twist coming!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Branden

    The Baby-Sitter III holds a special place in my heart because I distinctly remember begging my parents to take me up to Borders Books and Music to grab this and The Baby-Sitter 4. I remember the exact location, the fact that it was dark out when we went, and that my mom and sister went to another store while my dad and I walked around Borders. It's odd how some moments will stick in your head so vividly for seemingly no reason, but this one does. This memory is confirmed when I look at the cover The Baby-Sitter III holds a special place in my heart because I distinctly remember begging my parents to take me up to Borders Books and Music to grab this and The Baby-Sitter 4. I remember the exact location, the fact that it was dark out when we went, and that my mom and sister went to another store while my dad and I walked around Borders. It's odd how some moments will stick in your head so vividly for seemingly no reason, but this one does. This memory is confirmed when I look at the covers. I don't own the cover pictured above (the best cover in the series, by the way), but rather an updated, late '90s, white cover that has virtually no personality to it for both this one and the conclusion of the series. Cover aside, though, The Baby-Sitter III surprised me in all the right ways. After the events of The Baby-Sitter II, Jenny is facing another summer where she is trying to get over what's happened to her. This time around, instead of babysitting, she decides to get a job at the local donut shop in the mall. Her mother has another idea, though: she should go visit her cousin, Debra, for the summer! Getting away will help her overcome her paranoia and give her another outlook on things; simply put, it will be good for her. Jenny agrees, and decides to spend the summer up at her cousin's house. Surely this will be a better summer, right? Well, it is, until Debra, who happened to take a babysitting gig this summer, starts getting some creepy phone calls that are straight out of Jenny's past. I love that Stine introduces Jenny's cousin, Debra. Not only is she a main character, but there are actually chapters from her point-of-view, which I believe is the first time we step out of Jenny's head in this series. It's quite refreshing to have another perspective, and does a lot to add to the narrative that Stine is telling. Something unexpected that I genuinely enjoy is the fact that Debra and Jenny actually get along. I totally expected Debra to talk behind Jenny's back to her friends, and/or for her to treat Jenny like garbage. That isn't the case at all. Debra and Jenny get along swimmingly, and Debra shows legitimate concern for her cousin, which really helps drive home the paranoia and terror that these characters are facing. Jenny takes a job at a stable, assisting people on their horse riding, and this location allows Stine to write some alternative locations from what we've seen previously. Up to this point, everything was very suburban, but Jenny getting out to the country provides a nice change of pace. There is one scene where Jenny is riding a horse through an approaching rain storm, and I don't know exactly why, but I loved the way Stine described the scene. It isn't poetry, of course, but just a great example of how Stine's little details can help engross the reader, and gave me an even deeper appreciation of his talent as a writer. We still get a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship here, but it's mostly between Debra and her boyfriend. This new dynamic is really well written, and it keeps the main story away from the mental health issues that Stine wasn't really ready to tackle with any meaning in The Baby-Sitter II. The book is better off for it, not because those mental health issue shouldn't be discussed - they absolutely should - but in a series that is willing to give it the depth and respect it deserves, which is not The Baby-Sitter. Don't get me wrong, there are still shades of that here, obviously, and Jenny is clearly still going through some things that she needs help with, but it's not the major focus of the book (and if you've read this book, you might be yelling at me right now, but hopefully you understand what I mean). I'm genuinely surprised to say it, but The Baby-Sitter III is the best book in the series so far. Stine's writing is the best I've seen it, the characters are engaging, and the finale - though I did have an idea of who the "baddie" would be - is incredibly interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and am really excited to see where book four will go, even though I've heard nothing good about it. Maybe I'll get lucky a second time, and be surprised by that one too!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bever

    i really liked this book if was about how jenny used to be a babysitter and she almost got killed but instead of her getting killed she killed mr.hagen.she got a job at the dohnut shop at the mall. but she realy wanted to g back to being a babysitter she thought about it for a while thenn decided she was. when she was babysitting she kept hearing things and mr.hagen said he was back from his grave and there was a horse rareing up and jenny thought it was debra. then debra screamed you killed jen i really liked this book if was about how jenny used to be a babysitter and she almost got killed but instead of her getting killed she killed mr.hagen.she got a job at the dohnut shop at the mall. but she realy wanted to g back to being a babysitter she thought about it for a while thenn decided she was. when she was babysitting she kept hearing things and mr.hagen said he was back from his grave and there was a horse rareing up and jenny thought it was debra. then debra screamed you killed jenny. debra dropped to her knees jenny looked up then fell back dowm. the police officer pulled debras hand away but jenny did not die. this story takes place at a house where jenny is babysitting. the cinflict is that mr.hagen wants his baby and jenny doesnt want to give it to him because she thought he was dead. the resolution of the conflict is that the police came. the main idea of this book is that she wanted to babysit angain without getting killed or nearly killed. i like this book because i love scarry books and i would recomined it to people that love scary or creapy books to.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Yoo

    This story leaves you confused. First of all, The main character Jenny found out that Mr.Hagen was on a spree to kill all babysitters. Unfortunately, she was babysitting his own son. Since Mr. Hagen tried to kill her (and died), she has been getting voices of him saying that he is coming back. To calm her mind, she visits her favorite cousin for summer. To make matters worse, Jenny's cousin, Debra has to baabysit a little baby. Now she has been getting the same calls that Jenny has gotten when s This story leaves you confused. First of all, The main character Jenny found out that Mr.Hagen was on a spree to kill all babysitters. Unfortunately, she was babysitting his own son. Since Mr. Hagen tried to kill her (and died), she has been getting voices of him saying that he is coming back. To calm her mind, she visits her favorite cousin for summer. To make matters worse, Jenny's cousin, Debra has to baabysit a little baby. Now she has been getting the same calls that Jenny has gotten when she was babysitting Mr.Hagen's son. I would recommend this book to people who like horror stories. Even though I'm not much of a fan for horror, this book has made me interested that I would read it until I would get drowsy. You just wouldn't be able to put the book back down once you start reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Good quick read, will have to read the other books in this series :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I love this author what a blast from my past so much spine chilling fun lol .... :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liam Underwood

    I was impressed with how Stine handled the character development in The Baby-Sitter II , and, more recently, The Haunted Mask II , so I was super excited to read The Baby-Sitter III. Unfortunately, this book completed undoes all of the good work of the previous, and instead we're back to having Jenny with an over-active imagination much like The Baby-Sitter . Cue much eye-rolling and sighs of exasperation. Stine makes the intriguing decision of throwing in an additional protagonist to f I was impressed with how Stine handled the character development in The Baby-Sitter II , and, more recently, The Haunted Mask II , so I was super excited to read The Baby-Sitter III. Unfortunately, this book completed undoes all of the good work of the previous, and instead we're back to having Jenny with an over-active imagination much like The Baby-Sitter . Cue much eye-rolling and sighs of exasperation. Stine makes the intriguing decision of throwing in an additional protagonist to follow - Debra, Jenny's cousin. The point of view switches between both Debra and Jenny throughout the narrative, which is handled fine. For the first two thirds of the book we retread familiar ground (prank phone calls, ridiculously obvious red herrings, etc), and the action only really picks up during the last third. But then the big reveal is handled terribly and I'm left in a state of bemused bewilderment. It's a shame that The Baby-Sitter III isn't better. I was really looking forward to reading this, despite finding The Baby-Sitter abysmal I thought Stine had managed to turn things around with The Baby-Sitter II . Alas, it wasn't to last. However, I suppose I am vaguely intrigued to see where this goes next. Intrigued, but no longer optimistic. 2/5 Point Horror Ranked 1) The Girlfriend - 4/5 2) The Dead Game - 4/5 3) Trick or Treat - 3.5/5 4) Nightmare Hall - The Silent Scream - 3.5/5 5) Fatal Secrets - 3.5/5 6) Teacher's Pet - 3.5/5 7) The Baby-Sitter II - 3.5/5 8) The Cheerleader - 3.5/5 9) The Hitchhiker - 3.5/5 10) April Fools - 3.5/5 11) My Secret Admirer - 3.5/5 12) The Lifeguard - 3.5/5 13) Freeze Tag - 3/5 14) Thirteen Tales of Horror - 3/5 15) The Accident - 3/5 16) The Vampire's Promise - 3/5 17) Funhouse - 3/5 18) The Window - 3/5 19) The Invitation - 2.5/5 20) The Perfume - 2.5/5 21) The Train - 2.5/5 22) The Waitress - 2.5/5 23) The Snowman - 2.5/5 24) Nightmare Hall - The Roommate - 2.5/5 25) Beach House - 2.5/5 26) The Mall - 2.5/5 27) The Boyfriend - 2/5 28) The Fever - 2/5 29) The Cemetery - 2/5 30) Mother's Helper - 2/5 31) The Baby-Sitter III - 2/5 32) The Dead Girlfriend - 2/5 33) The Baby-Sitter - 1.5/5 34) Hit and Run - 1.5/5 35) The Return of the Vampire - 1/5 36) Beach Party - 1/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    With the third book in a series, you expect things to be pretty cut and dry. At least, when it comes to Stine, that is. But he actually whipped us a good twist in this one! Jenny is going to get a non-baby-sitting job in her town when her mother suggests that she get away and go visit her cousin Debra for the summer. Cal, like all the other problematic guys from these books, is angered that Jenny won’t be spending her summer with HIM. How dare she get away from the town where her Mr. Hagen nightm With the third book in a series, you expect things to be pretty cut and dry. At least, when it comes to Stine, that is. But he actually whipped us a good twist in this one! Jenny is going to get a non-baby-sitting job in her town when her mother suggests that she get away and go visit her cousin Debra for the summer. Cal, like all the other problematic guys from these books, is angered that Jenny won’t be spending her summer with HIM. How dare she get away from the town where her Mr. Hagen nightmare took place?! But there’s one problem with Debra, as Jenny discovers when she arrives: Debra is a baby-sitter. And she invites Jenny to her regular gig of watching baby Peter. Debra doesn’t realized just how traumatized Jenny still is from the previous summer with the crazed secretary after her and then the summer before that with all the Mr. Hagen drama. Every time the phone rings Jenny is convinced Mr. Hagen is back from the grave. Because Debra is just a character in this story, she can’t tell Jenny that Stine rarely goes the supernatural route. So instead she just insists to Jenny that there is no way Mr. Hagen is back. After that Jenny doesn’t tag along with Debra while she’s baby-sitting. So the book then becomes mostly about Debra. There are, of course, suspects right and left as to who “Mr. Hagen” could really be. Because Debra starts receiving the same calls that Jenny received. She’s still reluctant to believe Mr. Hagen is back, but she doesn’t know what else to think. Meanwhile, Jenny is seeing Mr. Hagen everywhere, including at the riding stables where she works while Debra baby-sits. Debra keeps getting more calls and then finds out that Jenny’s wonderful boyfriend Cal has played stalker and possibly followed her up to Debra’s house. And then baby Peter goes missing right as Cal shows up. Debra is hysterical and demands Cal give her the baby back, but he has no idea what she is talking about. So he helps her call the police and finds the baby. Then “Mr. Hagen” calls while the police are there with Debra and baby Peter’s mom. He insists he’s got Jenny too. Debra heads a horse whinny in the background and they head to the stables. Now we’ve hit the twist. “Mr. Hagen” is actually... Jenny! She is holding the baby in her arms and rasping in Hagen’s voice. The police demand she give back the baby but she doesn’t until thunder scares the horse and makes her fall off. Apparently, Jenny went literally crazy with worry about Hagen until she became him herself. There is a fourth book, so I’m not quite sure how Stine will square this turn of events, but I guess we will find out. Also: this poor baby. How the heck does he survive a thunderstorm without getting pneumonia?! And how does he survive Jenny’s fall off the horse? Maybe he’s the real Boy Who Lived.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rocco

    Babysitter 3 went from a three star to a four star book all in one chapter! The third book in the Babysitter saga, once again follows Jenny and her struggle to deal with the happenings from the first Babysitter book. In an attempt to conquer her PTSD she heads out to her cousin Debra's house for the summer. However; not everything is sunshine and rainbows, and once again, the same issues seem to be happening to Jenny, and now her cousin Debra. Babysitter 3 follows the same storyline as Babysitte Babysitter 3 went from a three star to a four star book all in one chapter! The third book in the Babysitter saga, once again follows Jenny and her struggle to deal with the happenings from the first Babysitter book. In an attempt to conquer her PTSD she heads out to her cousin Debra's house for the summer. However; not everything is sunshine and rainbows, and once again, the same issues seem to be happening to Jenny, and now her cousin Debra. Babysitter 3 follows the same storyline as Babysitter 1 and 2, and I found myself somewhat bored again reading the book. The action is very tame in the Babysitter saga, and the jump scares and cliff hangers are too easy to figure out (I know this is a young adult book so you have to lower your expectations, but compared to the Fear Street books, even these aren't great.) My biggest complaint with the Babysitter books, is how long it takes to get to the real "horror" of the book. This book was teetering on a 3 star or lower review, until the last two chapters. Stine did a terrible job hiding the villain in Babysitter 2, and it was looking like a repeat the whole book. With a lot of red herrings, and it seemed obvious who the villain was going to be, pretty much the whole book, but boy do you get a shock at the end! A truly unique ending, that I honestly did not see coming, and left me very satisfied and curious how he wraps up the series with Babysitter 4! To be honest, I was dreading reading the final book, but now I can't wait to see how he wraps it up! Unfortunately; just like Babysitter 2, you will have a few characters being built up, and getting to know, only to have them just dropped from the story, and the book just ends. Overall, it's another quick read, and the ending is a great twist and enough to pull the nose up and leave you ready to finish off the series!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liliana

    This book was insane and I kinda loved it. Lol. This time around, though, Jenny is NOT babysitting. Understandable after what happened in the last two books. Instead, this summer, Jenny is visiting her cousin Debra and staying with her for a while. But Debra DOES have a babysitting job, and now SHE'S the one getting the creepy phone calls. Dun, dun, DUN. I really liked Jenny and Debra’s relationship. I didn’t really like Debra as a person, but I liked how considerate Debra was when it came to Jen This book was insane and I kinda loved it. Lol. This time around, though, Jenny is NOT babysitting. Understandable after what happened in the last two books. Instead, this summer, Jenny is visiting her cousin Debra and staying with her for a while. But Debra DOES have a babysitting job, and now SHE'S the one getting the creepy phone calls. Dun, dun, DUN. I really liked Jenny and Debra’s relationship. I didn’t really like Debra as a person, but I liked how considerate Debra was when it came to Jenny and the stuff she went through. And speaking of the characters, the phrase “hot for my bod” was uttered in this book and I just can’t 🙈😆 I love it, but I also hate it because it makes me cringe SO hard. Lol. As for the reveal of the culprit, I’m not gonna lie, I did NOT see it coming. Usually, this would be mostly a good thing because I love being surprised by the plot twists, but this time I feel like there was no foreshadowing that would lead us to this culprit. It made no sense! (view spoiler)[It was Jenny, you guys! She made the calls and she kidnapped the freaking baby because she literally lost her mind! The poor girl had a mental break and she was pretending to be Mr. Hagen. And that final scene at the end with her on the horse and holding the baby up in the air... what the actual fuck! 😂 It was INSANE! But it was also kinda great. Lol. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this was not that bad. I enjoyed the change of scenery and that we got some new characters and that Jenny wasn’t the one babysitting. I’m torn about the plot twist because I just didn’t see it coming... I didn’t catch the clues (if there were any), but I loved it because it was just insane. I definitely liked this better than book two, though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    (Re-Read) What a disappointment! Despite the cheesiness from the first two Baby-sitter books, they were still spooky and enjoyable. The third installment of the quartet sees Jenny Jeffers two years after her client tried to throw her off a cliff, two years since the haunting phone calls threatening to find her, two years since Mr. Havers met his demise instead of Jenny. You'd think she'd have enough at this point after her therapist's secretary imitated the dead man and tried to recreate the sce (Re-Read) What a disappointment! Despite the cheesiness from the first two Baby-sitter books, they were still spooky and enjoyable. The third installment of the quartet sees Jenny Jeffers two years after her client tried to throw her off a cliff, two years since the haunting phone calls threatening to find her, two years since Mr. Havers met his demise instead of Jenny. You'd think she'd have enough at this point after her therapist's secretary imitated the dead man and tried to recreate the scene. After two close brushes with death, Jenny decides she's done with babysitting. She tries to get a summer job, something to distract her from the nightmares that still plague her, or the visions of her dead tormentor everywhere she goes; however her mother thinks it's a better idea to stay with her cousin Debra, hoping a change of scenery will clear Jenny's mind. Except Debra is boy-crazy and spreads Jenny's woeful tale to everyone...and then has Jenny join her on a babysitting job. That's when the phone calls start again, the same haunting rasp promising that it's Debra's turn. It was all so silly! The book is short as it is, there was no true build up to the "shocking" twist. It was so slow, the phone calls from a man that's been dead for 2 years never truly chilled me. It was a cheap route they took at the end that seemed to come out of nowhere. Jenny has created a split personality, kidnaps the baby Debra is babysitting, and basically loses her mind. Too many red herrings that served no purpose. Hoping the last book is better.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark R.

    **1/2 “The Babysitter III” finds the perennially tormented babysitter Jenny spending some time away from home, at her cousin’s house. But shortly after she arrives, Jenny’s cousin invites her to accompany her to her job. And guess what that job is . . . You guessed it, Jenny’s cousin is a babysitter, and poor Jenny is about to be thrust back into the dark, demented world of watching small children and receiving threatening phone calls. There’s a scene in “The Babysitter III” wherein the heroes, se **1/2 “The Babysitter III” finds the perennially tormented babysitter Jenny spending some time away from home, at her cousin’s house. But shortly after she arrives, Jenny’s cousin invites her to accompany her to her job. And guess what that job is . . . You guessed it, Jenny’s cousin is a babysitter, and poor Jenny is about to be thrust back into the dark, demented world of watching small children and receiving threatening phone calls. There’s a scene in “The Babysitter III” wherein the heroes, searching for a missing baby, suddenly come to the conclusion that the baby is dead. Of course, that isn’t the case. It’s just another chapter-ending cliffhanger. But imagine if it wasn’t. Imagine a typically bloodless, non-threatening R. L. Stine thriller suddenly veering off course into dead baby territory. Fortunately, for the baby and for Jenny’s family, this is not a scenario that will ever play out in Babysitterland. The climax of this book involves more characters than the previous two entries, and a slightly more complicated resolution. It is, therefore, a slight improvement.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book 3 in the Babysitter series This one was a little slow, but the ending was great! I must say that I didn't see it coming! In this installment Jenny goes up to visit her cousin, Debra, during the summer to try to escape her nightmares about Mr. Hagen. Debra is a babysitter too and Jenny accompanies her on a couple of her jobs where she is watching a baby, Peter. Jenny gets a summer job at the stables, but once she learns that her boyfriend, Cal, back home has run away her nightmares get worse w Book 3 in the Babysitter series This one was a little slow, but the ending was great! I must say that I didn't see it coming! In this installment Jenny goes up to visit her cousin, Debra, during the summer to try to escape her nightmares about Mr. Hagen. Debra is a babysitter too and Jenny accompanies her on a couple of her jobs where she is watching a baby, Peter. Jenny gets a summer job at the stables, but once she learns that her boyfriend, Cal, back home has run away her nightmares get worse with Mr. Hagen and Cal merging into one. One night while Debra was babysitting (and Jenny was still at her job) Peter goes missing and at the same time Cal arrives because he's trying to find Jenny. Cal and Debra call the police and Peter's mom is home and beside herself worried. The kidnapper calls again and says that he "took care of Jenny and he has the baby too." That's when Debra knows where he is...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leeroy Cross James

    The third entry of the series brings in a new protagonist alongside Jenny Jeffers—her cousin, Debra. Jenny goes to spend the summer with Debra so that she can have a change of scenery, but the nightmares of Mr Hagen still happen frequently. Debra is also a babysitter and starts to receive phone calls from someone claiming to be Mr Hagen. For me, this was an improvement from the second instalment and the story was much better. The pacing was also much better compared to the first and the second in The third entry of the series brings in a new protagonist alongside Jenny Jeffers—her cousin, Debra. Jenny goes to spend the summer with Debra so that she can have a change of scenery, but the nightmares of Mr Hagen still happen frequently. Debra is also a babysitter and starts to receive phone calls from someone claiming to be Mr Hagen. For me, this was an improvement from the second instalment and the story was much better. The pacing was also much better compared to the first and the second in my opinion. I also found this one creepier than the other entries, really falling back on the urban legend of the babysitter more so than other entries. I didn’t see the twist at the end coming either.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Mozug

    My first R.L. Stine read. I found this one on a table of free books in the spring and decided to read it for the fall season. I enjoy the cliches (people sneaking up on each other, dark stormy nights, threatening phone calls, babysitters alone in creepy houses, etc) and i found the teenagers dialogue funny in a light sitcom way, for example when the main character is teasing her crush over the phone. The writing and structure remind me of other Scholastic YA serial books from the 90's. Is it goo My first R.L. Stine read. I found this one on a table of free books in the spring and decided to read it for the fall season. I enjoy the cliches (people sneaking up on each other, dark stormy nights, threatening phone calls, babysitters alone in creepy houses, etc) and i found the teenagers dialogue funny in a light sitcom way, for example when the main character is teasing her crush over the phone. The writing and structure remind me of other Scholastic YA serial books from the 90's. Is it good? The surprise twist is silly but i think these types of books are good introductions for elementary students who are beginning to read and enjoy scary/Halloween movies.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tom Garback

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Critical Score: C Personal Score: B- Reading Experience: 📘📘📘📘📘 As goofy and low quality as you’d expect. Meaning it succeeds at its goal of being a quick, fun cheese fest. Found this at my library’s bookstore today. I know it’s the third in a series I haven’t read…but I was in the mood, so. The ending improved my overall impression of the book a good deal, because it was getting repetitive and tired in the second half.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Surprisingly, not the worst! Avoids most of the expected formula from this series and the twist is at least semi-inventive. Still tons of the Stineisms but there's been a lot worse. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Surprisingly, not the worst! Avoids most of the expected formula from this series and the twist is at least semi-inventive. Still tons of the Stineisms but there's been a lot worse. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine Turner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Idk whats wrong with me but I actually want to eead the fourth one i guess the 80s and 90 s cheesy horror stories and movies are still pulling me in i just got done watching sleep away camp and prom night i also watched bloody birthday but enough with that Jenny i knew it was u the entire time who else would do some crazy shit like this omg please get help.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aasiyah

    I kind of predicted the ending but it still got me second guessing in the last pages. A really enjoyable short read and a great series overall!! Really good autumn read. Although a lot of things were left open ended especially in Debra's love life and Jenny's future. I kind of predicted the ending but it still got me second guessing in the last pages. A really enjoyable short read and a great series overall!! Really good autumn read. Although a lot of things were left open ended especially in Debra's love life and Jenny's future.

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