Point Horror: “Party Line,” by A. Bates (1989)

This entry in the Point Horror series is fairly unique, in that it tackles the sometimes crippling loneliness that can accompany the adolescent experience for many of its target audience. Its main character, Mark, is candid and thoughtful unlike many literary teenage characters, and it’s easy to surmise that author A. Bates intended him to be a bit of a role model for her younger male readers given how much helpful advice there is about dating and girls woven into the narrative. It’s got surprisingly suspenseful moments and a fairly hardcore finale for its genre, and has some memorable sequences here and there.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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