Point Horror: “Final Exam,” by A. Bates (1990)

This entry in “Point Horror” is a missed opportunity. On the one hand, the fact that it’s set during final exam time at the end of high school for our main protagonist gives the narrative an edge, given the many challenges and concurrent freedoms that accompany the end of high school. It’s also interesting for a young adult novel to tackle the stresses of exam time in a direct way, given how demanding and important the period is. However, the thriller portion of the narrative falls flat: The central mystery is overwrought, there’s an overabundance of supporting characters, and the climax is underwhelming.

Rating: ā˜…ā˜… (out of 5)

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