Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Fear Street: Double Date (R.L. Stine)


Bobby Newkirk is a dick, and by dick, I mean the type of guy who goes through every girl in school and gets bored fast. After trapping one girl, Ronnie, in her locker and kissing her, he tells her that he might call her again. On his way to band practice, he sees another girl, Kimmy, who he stood up the night before for a “better” date.

While at practice, he sees twins Bree and Samantha. He always thought about asking them out before but he couldn't decide between the two. Bobby makes a joke about dating them both in one weekend and decides that he should try it. Arnie's girlfriend Melanie warns him about playing girls. She dated him for three months before dumping him for cheating on her.

Bobby sees Bree after school and asks her to come see their band play that Friday. He also suggests she become their lead singer, but she says it sounds more like something Samantha would like. Later that night, he calls Samantha and asks her to join the band, and she shoots him down. He asks her on a date and somehow convinces her that she should keep it a secret from her sister.

Bree is mellow and quiet, doesn't really enjoy dancing with him, and seems like a shy girl. After leaving the dance club, they go for a drive in his car and she grabs him and kisses him. The next day, he meets Samantha at the mall and they decide to window shop instead of seeing a movie. Samantha wanders into a earring shop, tries on a few different pairs, and then spices things up by running out with them on her ears.

They run through the mall and get caught by a security guard who just warns them about running in the mall because of the slippery floors. She demands his keys and takes him on a wild ride through town, driving way above the speed limit. She takes him up to the big makeout spot and they kiss for hours.

Melanie warns him again about messing with the twins, but he still doesn't listen. She heard through the grapevine that Bree almost caught him with her sister who escaped by sneaking out his back door. Bree comes over to his house, upset over something. He thinks that she knows the truth, but she's really just upset because Samantha is dating someone and won't tell her who, and her sister usually tells her everything. Samantha then calls to warn him about her twin. She makes it clear that she wants him to tell her sister because she's tired of sharing him, and she warns him that when her twin breaks, things are bad.

So, he obviously decides to keep dating both girls at once. He meets Samantha at the mall, and she tells him that it's his turn to steal something. She wants a silver charm bracelet, and she convinces him that it's easy. He lifts up the case and an alarm goes off, but he still gets away with the bracelet. Bree sees them in the mall, and they convince her that they just ran into each other. He briefly notices that Samantha looks scared of her twin before wondering if he can convince them to go out on a double date, but they leave together.

When he gets outside, he notices that his car looks funny. It turns out that someone slashed his two front tires, and he sees a familiar smiley face nearby. Melanie pulls up, acts like she was just passing by, and offers him a ride home. He talks to Samantha about it, wondering if Bree did it.

Samantha comes up to him in school, saying that she wants him to see her science project. She drags him into the lab and they make out a little. He shows her his monkeys Wayne and Garth, and she decides to show him how to tell the twins apart. She has a tiny blue butterfly tattoo on her shoulder. She also shows him her project, which uses cannibal ants.

The band gets the chance to play for the whole school, and Bobby acts like he's the star. He goes to play a chord and he feels a big shock and passes out. Someone plugged his guitar into the wrong spot and he got knocked out. Melanie once again warns him about dating the Wade twins, but he thinks that she's just jealous and wants another shot with him.

He and Samantha later go out on a date, and she's acting as wild as usual. Her shirt slips down and she doesn't have a tattoo. He accuses her of being Bree and tricking him, but she tells him that she's crazy and her parents would kill her if she got a tattoo. She then pouts and tells him to take her home because he's no longer in the mood.

While talking to Samantha on the phone that night, Bree walks in, but he lies and says it was Arnie. They snuggle a little, and he thinks about how much Samantha wants him to dump her twin. When he goes back to school, he notices a weird smell near his locker. He pulls open the door and finds a bloody monkey head looking back at him.

You don't need to call PETA on Stine though, because it's just a plastic monkey head. He's still a little freaked out when he goes out with Samantha. She takes him to a secluded cabin in the middle of the woods and announces that she has a new plan: she thinks that they should kill Bree. She keeps pushing the issue until he agrees, but he really plans on warning her. He also notices that she doesn't have a tattoo and she says she never had one.

Bobby gets Bree alone and tells her what happened, which upsets her. She tells him that they aren't twins, they are actually triplets. Their sister Jennilynn was always jealous of them. When they were kids, she locked them in their room and set fire to the house. She's been in a mental institution, and when she got out, they sent her to live with relatives. Bree tells him that Jennilynn has a butterfly tattoo on her shoulder and rushes home to warn her twin.

Samantha calls and tells him that Bree lost her marbles. She only makes up stories about a triplet when things are bad, and she will need to tell her parents what happened. The next time he sees her, he begs to see her tattoo and she thinks he's crazy because she never had one.

This all leads up to one of the twins showing up at his home. She says that she's Samantha and he sees the tattoo, which she says that she always had. She takes him to the cabin and asks if he's ready to kill her sister. She goes a little crazy and knocks him out, and he wakes up tied to a chair. The twin says that she's Jennilynn and threatens him. She pours honey all over his body, burns his pants in the fireplace, and releases the cannibal ants.

Bobby immediately starts screaming because it feels like thousands of insects biting him all over his body. He tips the chair over, and she runs out of the house. He manages to get the knots loose and rushes outside where he finds Melanie. She tells him that someone stole the twins' car and that they think it was Jennilynn. They decide to rush back to their house and warn them before it's too late.

He's covered in honey with grass stuck all over him and no pants, but he still bursts into their house. He notices a bunch of girls who look like most of his exes sitting around the room. Mr. Wade comes in and when Bobby rambles about a triplet, he thinks that he's drunk. He tells them that they don't have a cabin, they are only twins, and he should go home. He brings up the tattoo, and both girls show their shoulders are bare. Everyone laughs at him and he walks home defeated.

A few days later, Bobby is back at school. Arnie sold his drums and quit the band, and their other bandmate joined another group. He sees the twins walking down the hallway, and Bree hands him an envelope. He opens it up and finds a note telling him that they knew his plan from the beginning because twins don't keep secrets. In the bottom of the envelope is a temporary blue butterfly tattoo.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Unicorn Club #6: The Unicorns at War


You know how the Unicorns have been a little nicer and less selfish lately? Yeah, well that's all about to change. While hanging out with the kids they started working with earlier in the series, Jessica announces that Kimberly Haver is coming back. Apparently her dad got a job in Atlanta, but they all hated it there, so even though they just moved a few months ago, he took a job at another company.

Jessica, Lila, and Ellen are all pretty excited, while Elizabeth, Maria, and Evie don't know what to expect. Mary Wallace, who narrates this one, isn't too excited because Kimberly constantly competes with her over everything. The school recently announced student council elections, and the convince Mary to put her name in the ring. Kimberly wants any of the girls who can to come over and spend the night with her before she starts school again. Jessica, Lila, Ellen, and Mandy go, while Mary stays home to work on her campaign.

Kimberly shows up in school wearing a special Unicorn jacket that the girls got earlier in the year. Lila had her dad's tailor make an exact replica just for her. Kimberly seems pretty pissed that things changed, and she wants them to go back to the way they were. She makes fun of Lois, makes snide comments about the newest members, and complains that other people get to sit with them at lunch.

When it comes time for the student council nominations, Jessica nominates Kimberly for president. Mary is shocked, but Jessica tells her that Kimberly wanted it as a way to help her get back into the swing of things at school. Mandy decides that she isn't going to take sides because as Unicorn president, she should remain impartial and stay out of things. Kimberly remains just as rude, by Mary says that she wants a clean fight between them.

Of course nothing the Unicorns ever do is clean. There's construction going on, and the school let kids go off campus for lunch. Construction started on a nearby street and a student was hit by a car, so the principal says that no one can ever leave. Kimberly doesn't give a crap, so she sneaks off-campus with Jessica, Lila, and Ellen. She then tells the other students that she knows a surefire way to get around the rules. A huge group of them sneak off and get caught and given Saturday school. Kimberly accuses Mary of ratting them out and everyone hates her.

Mary decides to focus on the issues and work on her platform, while Kimberly makes up lies to gain votes. The Unicorns end up split down the middle, with half the girls siding with Mary and half with Kimberly. They all work at the Wakefield house, and Kimberly's group spends more time dancing and eating than doing any real work.

Someone finds a drawing of Lois as a pig, which makes her cry. Mary sees it, rips it down, and crumples it into a ball. Lois decides to withdraw because she's tired of being the butt of the joke. Randy Mason also drops out to focus on his special lab experiments, leaving Mary and Kimberly as the only two left.

Mary tries to talk to Mandy several times, but she still says that she won't take sides. She doesn't agree with what Kimberly does and she hates the way she treats other people, but golly gee, they are friends! She still remembers when Kimberly came to see her every day when she was sick with cancer, which is completely not true. Mary tells her that she should know the difference between right and wrong and shows her the drawing of Lois. Mandy snaps back by showing her a drawing of Mary as a rat. She says that Lois did one of her and one of Kimberly, and that Kimberly was only retaliating.

While eating after-school, Mary talks to a waitress who tells her that the principal asked them not to serve any students during school hours and that it's really hurting their business. She sees a private security guard eating there and comes up with an idea. She goes to every business owner and asks them to donate a small amount of money to pay for a guard. The guard will walk the students over at lunch, which will help with their businesses. She gets 20+ businesses to sign her pledge.

Mary uses it as her platform, but the girls decide to keep things a secret. Kimberly is so sure that she'll win that she comes up with a proposal: whoever win will get to remain in the club, but the loser and her friends will have to turn in their jackets. Elizabeth and Mary go shopping to pick up some supplies and see Mandy giving Kimberly advice on her posters. They have a huge fight and Mandy storms off.

They work on her speech in Elizabeth's room and she thinks she has it down pat. When she walks into the bathroom, she sees that Jessica made a huge mess and she hears her on the phone. She doesn't think much about it, though she does notice that Kimberly's group seems pretty smug the next day. Elizabeth rushes up to tell her that her speech disappeared from her room, but they work together to put it back together.

Kimberly gets to go on first, and she uses Mary's speech word for word, including taking credit for the security idea. Jessica leans forward to let her know that playing dirty is a part of politics and smacks palms with Ellen and Lila. Mary gives a half-hearted speech and loses the election. She goes home to mope about her life.

The next day, she gathers the Unicorn jackets from her friends and puts them in a box to give Kimberly. The principal makes an announcement to have everyone come to the auditorium, where he makes an announcement that Kimberly stole Mary's idea. He gives everyone a chance to vote again and has the two girls come to his office.

He basically tells Kimberly that he won't tolerate lying, and that she will get four Saturday detentions, and that the next time she screws up, she will be expelled. He also announces that Mary won the new election and that he's proud of her idea. She asks him who told the truth but he doesn't have an answer.

It turns out that Mandy told him. She went to a party to celebrate Kimberly's win and they were all bragging about what they did. Kimberly hands over her jacket and makes a snide comment, which sets off Mary. She throws the jacket in her face and tosses hers over too. She announces that she doesn't want to be part of the club anymore, and Elizabeth, Maria, and Evie all resign too. Mandy quits too before running off in tears, and the other girls decide to form a club called the Angels.

*Yeah, so the story about Lois starting the dirty tactics is so not true. Mary sees Ellen and Lila hanging up the drawing early in the day, but Mandy says that Lois started it. When, at six am?

*Mandy says that she was only giving Kimberly advice and would do the same thing if Mary asked, so she wasn't taking sides. BUT, she kind of was. She should have just told her that she couldn't help.

*All the girls love working in the program with the kids, but they completely forget about it when Kimberly shows up. She hates kids, and they all say that they will keep volunteering, but then when she tells them that they can't, they just go along with her.

*How is this fair? The Unicorns have to actually disband after a few pranks in the first book, but Kimberly then does this and just gets a slap on the wrist?

*It's funny how Jessica goes from bitchy in this series to a sweet girl to super bitchy, and then a normal girl in the next series.

*Ellen purposefully let it slip that a group of kids were slipping off campus so they could blame Mary and make Kimberly look like a star.

*If I had a nickel for every time that someone mentioned student elections being a popularity contest...

*Does anyone else find it odd that they would run elections in the middle of the year? We always had ours at the end of the school year for the people who would take over when classes started the following year, and in college, I think elections were early in the first semester.