- Age Range: 12 and up
- Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
- Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic, Inc (September 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590432796
- ISBN-13: 978-0590432795
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boyfriend (Point Horror Series) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked this book a lot because it is just great! When I read it I felt like I was in the book, it's that good.
The main character is Joanna. She an 18teen year old girl with a boyfriend named Dex. Joanna and Dex have been going out for a long time now but... Joanna has been cheating on him with a guy named Shep. But something even more important is happening and it has to do with Dex. He has been acting and looking weird lately. He turning green, and his eyes are all red, his skin is peeling and he has this gross smell of garbage. But in the end there is a little surprise for you!!
I think everyone will like this book I mean who couldn't!
Joanna, the main character, is a rich girl who has a thing for wild boys. Dex, the "boyfriend", is a talented boy, an actor, who lives with his aunt on the wrong side of town, and he's Joanna's type...at first. But the differences between them, that they move about in different social circles, doesn't sit well with Joanna and she gets bored with Dex and stands him up a lot. She has her eyes on Shep, a boy from a well-to-do family.
In the middle of the night, after being stood up again, Dex persuades Joanna to go for a ride to the canyon accompanied by his friend Pete. Once at the Promontory, Dex starts goofing off like he always does, playing around on the edge of the cliff...and slips. Joanna hears Dex's body break as it hits the ground below. And in a rush of terror and confusion, she drives away from the scene and gets into a car accident.
Joanna winds up in the hospital with minor injuries but Pete tells her that Dex didn't make it. 'Dex is dead, Joanna,' Pete says, 'and you RAN away!' Joanna feels bad, tells Pete she was going for help. He doesn't believe her and leaves angry. She is sad to hear that Dex is dead, but strangely feels relieved too.
But Dex comes back from the grave to torment Joanna for abandoning him.
The characterizations are among R. L. Stine's strongest and in the end the reader is still uncertain as to what really happened to Dex that night at the Promontory. I won't let the cat out of bag, but after finishing the book, you'll understand what I mean.
I recommend this story highly.
Like most of Stine's books, "The Boyfriend" is a quick read and can be finished off in only a few hours; but, unfortunately, it's also formulaic and episodic. There aren't too many surprises, either, that Stine fans can't figure out for themselves one step ahead, leaving a rather disappointing mess at the end. Nevertheless, his books do have an appeal like junk food: there's no real nutritional value to them and they probably rot young readers' brains, but they're quickly-gratifying and addictive. Worth reading if you're looking for some semi-scary mind candy.
I highly recommend this book, if you want a book that puzzles you, scares you, and throws you onto a windy rolar coaster, this is the book for you!
I now want to read R.L. Stine's The Girlfriend =)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the same cover I remember seeing or shown in the pic. (With the 3d style pink foil lettering) but I got the book never-the-less and it came in new condition! Im satisfied!Published on September 12, 2013 by A. Thomas
Synopsis: Joanna Collier wants to get rid of her boyfriend Dex because he is not the same status and class as her. Read morePublished on December 26, 2009 by Raj
Dex was devastated when Joanna broke up with him. Then he died. Joanna doesn't take it too hard, boys are just toys to her. Then Dex returns from the dead... Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Skilpadde
This was the first R. L. Stine book I ever read after the Goosebumps books. The plot was interesting, and the high-school-age characters are a little more realistic than the ones... Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by Star
I really enjoyed this fast read. I had it done in about two hours. I was thrown for a loop towards the end. Not expecting that. I am happy Joanne got her justly rewards. Enjoy!Published on September 4, 2008 by Katherine Callaway
this books is great and chilling i would say this is not for kids under 12,it has some adult themes.but i read it when i was 11.it creeped me out!its very super chilling! Read morePublished on December 7, 2007 by KAMALELDIN BAKHEET ISMAIL