Review: The Babysitter by R.L. Stine

The Babysitter
Author: R.L. Stine
Publisher: Scholastic
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: ??????

Summary from GoodReads:

An innocent baby-sitting job turns into a nightmare when Jenny discovers she’s the next victim of a crazed attacker.

My Thoughts

As you can see, I couldn’t decide how many stars to give The Babysitter.  I honestly can’t say I thought this book was amazing, but it is by R.L. Stine.  I loved these kinds of books when I was younger.  However, reading it now as a 29-year old, well, I wasn’t very impressed.  But at the same time, I loved R.L. Stine when I was a kid, so I can’t really give it a poor rating.

There wasn’t a lot of character development, and Jenny acted liked an idiot sometimes.  SPOILER ALERT – I couldn’t understand why she would have gotten into the car with Mr. Hagen at the end there.  I mean, hello!  I just saw her discover those newspaper clippings!!!  It didn’t make a whole lot of sense.  END SPOILER.

But, as a kid I loved this kind of book, and I can see why.  There is a lots of suspense, and the reader is immediately drawn into the book.  The action starts right away.  Does this ever happen to you?  A book you loved as a kid doesn’t blind you with its brilliance?

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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3 Responses to Review: The Babysitter by R.L. Stine

  1. Katie says:

    This same thing just happened to me! The book was Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates. It came out ten years ago when I was in high school and I remember really liking it. I tried rereading it to do a review and I didn’t even finish it! I kept wanting to tell the characters to just quit their whining already!

  2. I never read R. L. Stine when I was younger, but I tried his newest book that is suppose to be for adults and found it to be not scary at all, and lacked anything to make me want to read him ever again.

  3. That happens to me quite a bit — reading books as an adult and not being into it. Alas, too bad The Babysitter wasn’t your thing.

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