Point Horror: “Blind Date,” by R.L. Stine (1986)

This first entry in the popular Point Horror young adult series is one of R.L. Stine’s best thrillers. While Stine’s usual literary approach has an unfortunate tendency to leave various plot points dangling and ultimately robbing them of their significance, here his writing and plotting are straightforward, and the result is a satisfying narrative. The momentum steadily builds and lead character Kerry is an unusually thoughtful adolescent character, which makes for a surprisingly compelling read. It’s a bit on the predictable side, but by the final reveal, the novel has accrued enough good will to result in a satisfying experience.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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