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Scary Out There Hardcover – August 30, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Some of the finest horror YA writers have chimed in to create a collection that showcases a variety of repressed fears that are prominent during adolescence. This anthology draws upon themes such as loneliness, death, and lack of control. Protagonists have realistic motives and concerns while engaging with evil forces. All of the characters have troubled pasts or unforgiving circumstances that infect their daily lives, such as bullying, neglect, and suicidal thoughts. The pacing is steady in most of these entries, but some of the stories are a little slow to start. The selections are not frightening in a spine-tingling way but are thought provoking and conclude with obscure resolutions and cliff-hangers—leaving readers wanting more. The stronger vignettes come from renowned authors in the genre, such as Madeleine Roux, Neal and Brandon Shusterman, Kendare Blake, and R.L. Stine. There are some graphic and violent descriptions of death but nothing too gory. VERDICT Recommended for all YA horror collections and a perfect choice for teens who just want a taste of the genre.—Briana Moore, School Library Journal
..". the ones that are scary good will haunt readers long after closing the book, and at a whopping 498 pages, mostreaders will surely find something grisly to enjoy."--Kirkus Reviews
"As a whole... this collection hits the mark."--Publishers Weekly
"Recommended for all YA horror collections and a perfect choice for teens who just want a taste of the genre."--School Library Journal
..". this may still score a thrill among horror fans and be a boon to storytellers as well."--BCCB
..". will surely leave readers with, if not quite fear, certainly a deep, lingering sense of unease."--Booklist
"The collection has stories that can be read aloud to engage reluctant readers. This is a book that will be checked out consistently and would be an excellent addition to any young adult horror collection. "--School Library Connection
-... the ones that are scary good will haunt readers long after closing the book, and at a whopping 498 pages, mostreaders will surely find something grisly to enjoy.---Kirkus Reviews
-As a whole... this collection hits the mark.---Publishers Weekly
-Recommended for all YA horror collections and a perfect choice for teens who just want a taste of the genre.---School Library Journal
-... this may still score a thrill among horror fans and be a boon to storytellers as well.---BCCB
-... will surely leave readers with, if not quite fear, certainly a deep, lingering sense of unease.---Booklist
-The collection has stories that can be read aloud to engage reluctant readers. This is a book that will be checked out consistently and would be an excellent addition to any young adult horror collection. ---School Library Connection --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love horror novels and horror stories, so when I heard about this book, I knew it was going to be for me. I knew I was going to enjoy it before I even started it, and I wasn’t wrong about that! Even the cover of Scary Out There is kind of scary – leading up to the twisted, spooky, and creepy stories inside.
There are over twenty stories and poems in this book that are guaranteed to make your spine tingle. I’ve carefully read each one, and while some are a lot more frightening than others (some of them are just psychologically disturbing and others are downright terrifying to the point where I had to read other books before bed), they’re all brilliant. They definitely aren’t exactly what will come to mind automatically when someone mentions the book being a horror novel – it’s more about individuals and what they are afraid of – for example, one story in the book is about a girl who suffers from an eating disorder who is slowly starting to turn invisible…because she is terrified of not being noticed anymore. While not exactly scary in the traditional sense, many of these stories will make you think and really mess with your mind (and I love that!).
There are authors that I haven’t read anything by as of yet, and authors that are really famous (R.L. Stine, anyone?), so I have to say that books full of short stories are always great ways to discover new authors. I’ve found quite a few that I really enjoyed the work of in this collection, and it will definitely move me to go and find myself some of their books to read.
My favorite story in this collection is Danny by Josh Malerman. Bird Box was one of my favorite novels that I read last year (and still remains so to this date), so I was super excited when I saw that he had contributed a story to this collection. The story is about a fifteen year old girl who decides to take a babysitting job, only to find out that the boy who she is supposed to be babysitting doesn’t actually exist…or does he?
If you like horror or psychologically thrilling novels and stories, I have to recommend that you don’t skip over this one – it’s such a great read, packed with stories and poems from bestselling authors, making it a great way to unwind and relax without having to commit to a full length book. My only word of advice? You might want to sleep with the lights on after you read some of these stories!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.