Friday, January 16, 2015

Fear Street: Fear Hall: The Beginning (R.L. Stine)


Part One: Hope

Hope wants us to know all about Ivy State College and Fear Hall, where she lives with her roommates Angel, Jasmine, and Eden. Duncan Fear donated the money to the college for it to build a dormitory in his honor. People say it's haunted, but Hope doesn't really believe the stories.

While in bed one night, something wakes her up, and it turns out that it's her boyfriend Darryl. She mentions that he "saved" her back in high school from another guy but that it's a story for another time. Darryl starts talking about how he saw her out with this guy Brendan that night, but she tells him it was Angel. Angel then wakes up and says that she went out with him in one of Hope's outfits. Darryl moans about how he did something bad and thinks he killed him.

There's a knock at the door, which they think is the police. After hiding Darryl in the closet, Hope answers the door and finds the girls from across the hall there. They all have M-word names and thought they heard something strange. Someone comes running in and yelling about a dead body found outside. Everyone goes out and sees Brendan's dead and mutilated body. When they get back inside, the cops show up to ask them some questions.

Part Two: Jasmine

Jasmine works as a waitress to make extra money and during her shift, she sees the M-word girls come in and start staring at her. She finally goes over and demands to know what they want, but they claim they only wanted her to take their order. Eden and Angel then come in because they want to talk about Hope and how worried they are about Darryl.

When she goes home for the night, her boss Marty acts super creepy and wants to know what she's doing, where she's going, and pretty much asks her what she's wearing while panting. So when she hears someone following her, she thinks that it's Marty. Nope, it's Darryl. He tries to strangle her and choke her before taking a step back and warning her not to turn him into the police because if she does, he doesn't know if he can control his murderous urges. Um, ok?

Part Three: Eden

This is an Eden chapter but it tells us a lot about how Hope. Her mom called her Buttertubs as a kid and yelled at her for being fat when she just had a few extra pounds. One day, her mom came home and found her eating ice cream with her friends. She made her sit down and eat all four bowls, then pushed her head in the carton, and made her eat the rest like a dog. Wowza.

Eden and Hope head out for a night out together and meet these new guys named Dave and Gideon. She starts to introduce them to Hope, but when she turns around, she sees that Hope took off with Darryl. Her and Dave do some flirting and make plans to get together later. Then some weird stuff happens. Her history professor calls her Hope and has no record of Eden being in class. Darryl comes after her and threatens her to keep his secret. She does try to call the cops, but then Hope shows up and convinces her not to call the cops yet.

When she finally does go out with Dave, she runs into the M-gals. They call her Hope, she gets confused and says she's just wearing her roommate's clothes. She and Dave run into Gideon, but he really just pops up to scare them and then disappears. They finally go to a golf course to practice hitting some balls. She sees Darryl coming at them and tries to warn Dave, but Darryl gets there first and beats him to death with a club.

Part Four: Hope

Eden comes home covered in blood and freaking out. Apparently she ran away from the scene and now the cops are looking for her. Eden obviously wants to call the cops, but Hope won't let her. She explains that Darryl was the first person to ever care about her without caring about her weight and that she just can't let him go. Darryl shows up in their room and encourages her to kill her roommate, but she makes him go back to his room and change before the cops come.

After Eden decides to call the cops and actually reaches for the phone, Hope slams her over the head with a hairdryer. Not sure of what to do with her, she finally drags her body over and shoves it in a closet. Melanie, one of the chicks from across the hall, comes over to tell her about a Fear Hall safety meeting, but Hope worries that she saw her hiding her roommate in the closet.

She then goes to look out the window and sees the cops leading Darryl away in handcuffs. When she turns around to check the closet, she finds it empty and Eden laying in bed. Eden has no clue what she's talking about with the closet and goes back to sleep. When she looks out the window again, she sees Darryl standing downstairs by himself with no cops around and staring at her with hatred in his eyes.

Part Five: Jasmine

Jasmine shows up late to work, and Marty seems really concerned about it. After some back and forth, he finally tells her that she didn't come in the day before. He writes her a check and fires her. She later realizes that she can't remember anything from the day before. Darryl once again turns up. This time, he tells her that Hope wanted him to go into hiding, they had a fight, and he did something really bad.

Part Six: Hope

Jasmine rushes to see Hope and finds her crying. The "really bad thing" was that he hurt her feelings and called her a bunch of names like cow and fat. Though she spent the last few hours crying, she suddenly flips out and races away. She does pause to think that she would have done things differently had she known she would never spend another night in Fear Hall again.

Part Seven: Angel

Angel is making out with some random dude named BJ. Apparently she has a bad habit of picking up guys like this all the time. They met at a coffee shop and almost immediately started making out. Darryl shows up and acts all menacing. She starts yelling about Darryl, which sets off BJ. He keeps telling her that she's scaring him. Darryl knocks him out of the car and takes off in it with Angel next to him screaming.

Part Eight: Hope

Eden cannot handle it anymore and decides to call the cops. Darryl pops up, having been hiding out on the never before mentioned fire escape. He freaks out on Eden for turning him in and throws her out the window. They hear a knock on the door, which is the cops, and they all run to hide on the fire escape.

The cops come in with the three Ms from across the hall. When they say they got a call from a girl named Eden who lived there with her three roommates. One of the Ms points out that the girl who lives there is named Hope and that she lives alone in a single room. Duh, duh, duh.

Out on the fire escape, Hope hears them talking about how all the other girls were different facets of her personality and how she was the one who worked at the restaurant as a waitress. They remember seeing her talking to herself at bars and restaurants and admit they thought it was weird. She briefly considers running inside and killing them all, but then she decides to turn to her friends. Suddenly Eden, Jasmine, Angel, and Darryl are all in front of her. Hope thinks about how great it is that Darryl always shows up just when she needs them and how much she loves him before deciding that she needs to make everyone pay for...I have no idea what.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sweet Valley Twins #63: Poor Lila!


It's time for the annual Unicorn Founding Fling, which is a big party they throw to celebrate the foundation of the club. Lila and the gals head to the mall to look for new outfits. Everyone else wants to check out the cheaper stores, but Lila remains firm on hitting the designer stores. She picks out a few sweaters and tries to pay, but the store declines her credit card.

A few days later, she hears Mrs. Pervis firing their chauffeur Randall, explaining that it was a money thing. Since she now has to walk to school, Lila has a lot of time to think and she wonders if her dad is broke. Liz and Melissa McCormick started volunteering at the homeless shelter, and Lila offers to donate some clothes to the shelter. When Melissa comes over to pick up the clothes, they both overhear Lila's dad talking about how he lost a bundle.

Lila also asks her dad to rent her a purple hot air balloon for the party but he says no. This convinces her that they're broke, and she goes to Melissa for help. She gets to eat dinner at their house and hang out with her hunky brother Tony. The more she thinks about it, the more she wonders if people will like her if she's poor. Melissa tries to make her feel better and offers a deal: if Lila will volunteer at the shelter, she'll help her plan a budget Fling.

The two girls make a ton of cupcakes and buy supplies at cheap party stores, and Lila cancels all the reservations they made before. Melissa tells Jessica what happened and asks her to keep it a secret, but Jessica tells the whole club. They decide to help out and plan a cheap Fling themselves without actually telling Lila. This makes Lila think they found out the truth and decided to have a party without her.

Mr. Fowler shows up the day before the party. Lila tells him that it's time to stop acting brave and that she knows the truth. He tells her that he fired Randall because he was stealing money and that while he lost money on one deal, he made it all back and more on another. They're not really broke at all. He offers to call the caterers and take care of everything all over again, but Lila tells him that she doesn't really have any friends left.

Elizabeth and Melissa see this little boy named David at the shelter. They notice that he always eats one sandwich and takes and hides another one. They follow him from the shelter and find out that he feeds the other one to his dog. When his dad lost his job, his dad wanted to take the dog to the pound. David hid him away and told him he ran away. Liz takes it home and agrees to take care of him until David's dad gets back on his feet.

The day of the Fling arrives, and the guest list mainly consists of the kids from the shelter and some kids from school. David's dad and Lila's dad bond over cars, and Mr. Fowler asks him for some advice. It turns out that he's so good at cars that he offers him a job. The rest of the club shows up with all their decorations and to celebrate. Mr. Fowler then reveals that he rented the hot air balloon after all. He just wanted to keep it a secret from her.

Jessica ends up bonding with the dog and even sharing her pillow with him. When David comes to pick him up, she gets a little teary eyed, and David makes fun of her for turning his dog into a girl. Lila goes shopping with the Unicorns and buys a bunch of sweaters. They get all excited about her buying them stuff, but Lila really just wanted to make another donation to the shelter.

*When Melissa points out that you can have a good party on a budget, Lila asks her if she believes in the Tooth Fairy too. LOL

*David's family must not be that bad off. As soon as Mr. Fowler offers him a job, they suddenly have enough money to move into a new house.

*Lila always hated Randall because he called her La-La.

*Jessica and Liz run into Lila and Melissa hiding. Lila gets so freaked out that she hides under the table, but they see her anyway. It kind of made me giggle.

*SVMS tells all the kids about the volunteer opportunities available at the homeless shelter, but only Melissa and Liz do anything. Did you school do anything like this?

*I wonder if the shelter has anything in common with the daycare center in The Unicorn Club books...

*Lila keeps a picture of her mom in a gold frame on her desk. I don't know why, but that made me feel sad/bad for her.

*None of the Unicorns can figure out why they like Lila. She apparently never buys them anything or shares her money, she isn't nice, and she isn't really that good of a friend. It's all true but it also comes across as a little harsh.