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Published: May 2013
Publisher: Scholastic
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

Jason has met the perfect girl. OK, so maybe he hasn’t actually MET Lacey yet, but they talk online all the time. Yet despite spending most nights chatting, Lacey refuses to meet up in person. Suspicious, Jason googles multiple newspapers. Lacey fell off a balcony and died a year earlier. Jason meets Lacey’s best friend Jenna, and they try to find the truth. (goodreads.com)

Isn’t it unfriend? Whatever.

This is an incredibly lackluster book written by an adult who desperately wanted people to know she knew about technology and social media and how it worked. I think anyone age-appropriate for DEFRIENDED would have been rolling their eyes at the complete breakdown on how something like Facebook, and a computer, works. It was completely unnatural the way things were described in this book, as if it were speaking to an audience that might not know what any of these things are.

One, target audience for a Point Horror reboot isn’t that old. We still grew up with technology. We know what it is. I don’t need it barneyed down for me. And Two, Point Horror needs to find its audience and stick with it. Are you writing for those adults who used to read Point Horror all those years ago? Or is it specifically for a new age of readers? If it’s the former you’re grossly underestimating your reader. If the latter you don’t know the current market.

At least with the Fear Street reboot it is very obviously a reboot. It’s not trying so hard to aim toward current readers. It’s keeping it’s old format, its old kitsch, and playing to the adults who will be reading it. If an age-appropriate audience happens to like it, great! But they’re really there for nostalgic purposes. Not sure what Point Horror is doing.

As for the story itself, it was devoid of tension. Absolutely nothing. Maybe because it was obvious from the beginning that Jason was being catfished so I was like, this is going nowhere good. But there was no build-up to the climax. There was some fake tension but I saw right through it and by the time anything of interest came around I didn’t have any wind left in my sails. I read it and was like, that’s it? Okay.

I’m definitely more of a RL Stine and Christopher Pike fan than anything else. I only got into Point Horror at a much later date, but this just isn’t good. The book doesn’t know what it is. How am I supposed to know what it is? And I loved how, for a book that came out in 2013, Jason was waiting until he had access to a computer to check his Facebook. Like I said about fake tension. He had a smart phone in his pocket the entire time, yet he really only checked Facebook when he was on a CPU or laptop. No. Silly.

1.5

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