Re-Reading Christopher Pike, Part 1

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I am re-reading a bunch of Christopher Pike books for fun, without really wanting to take a bunch of tedious notes like I do while reading the Cheerleaders books, so I’m just going to include my brief thoughts about each one along with the book description included on either Amazon or Goodreads. 

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When Shari Cooper awoke at home after being at her girlfriend’s birthday party, her family acted like she wasn’t there. They didn’t hear a thing she said. They wouldn’t even look at her. Then the call came from the hospital. Her father and brother paled. Her mother started to cry. Shari didn’t know what was wrong. Not until she followed them to the hospital. There she found herself lying on a cold slab in the morgue. The police said that it was suicide.

Shari knew she had been murdered. Making a vow to herself to find her killer, Shari embarks on the strangest of all criminal investigations: one in which she spies on her friends, and even enters their dreams — where she comes face-to-face with a nightmare from beyond the grave. The Shadow — a thing more horrible than death itself — is the key to Shari’s death, and the only thing that can stop her murderer from murdering again.

Remember Me: I read this one so fast. From what I’ve heard, the sequels are ridiculous, so I don’t intend to try and get them, but this one was great. A suspenseful murder mystery, emotion, even a little afterlife romance.  Grade: A+

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Charlie loved Mary. Loved her with all his heart. They were the happy couple, the one that people at school pointed to with envy.

But then Mary makes a mistake, a small mistake with another guy. And Charlie loses it, and someone dies. Now Charlie is a hunted man and Mary is an outcast. But what really happened that dark night, when love and rage shook hands on a deserted street? Only God knows, and maybe Charlie.

Execution of Innocence: This one was a little dull at times, and is certainly not one of Pike’s best. The story is mostly built up through police interrogation interviews and flashbacks, with some real action near the end and a twist. Grade: C-
Jane Retton would never let anyone read her diary filled with her wildest secrets.
Then somehow her diary ended up at school. And soon, everyone was reading her final, shocking entry. Some girls would simply die. Other girls would kill. But Jane Retton – she would do both.
Gimme A Kiss: Another story told in the framework of flashbacks, police interrogation, and then action at the end which take place in “present time.” This is a pretty slim book and the story goes by quickly. I couldn’t help but suffer huge secondhand embarrassment when Jane’s diary entry gets passed out all over school – that would probably have been one of my worst nightmares when in high school. The twist was something I kind of saw coming. Grade: B
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When Alison first read the chain letter signed “Your Caretaker,” she thought it was some terrible sick joke. Someone, somewhere knew about that awful night when she and six other friends committed an unthinkable crime in the desolate California desert. And now that person was determined to make them pay for it.
One by one, the chain letter was coming to each of them … demanding dangerous, impossible deeds… threatening violence if the demands were not met. No one out of the seven wanted to believe that this nightmare was really happening to them. Until the accidents started happening — and the dying…
Chain Letter: So this was written 13 years after I Know What You Did Last Summer and has the same basic premise, but I think I like the execution better here. Stories about people being terrorized with notes and dead animals left in their mailboxes and things like that get kind of boring and tiresome, but the idea of a chain letter forcing the main characters to act out embarrassing and self-destructive commands is a lot more intriguing. I was able to guess the perpetrator, but still enjoyed the ride. Grade: A

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