Review of Don’t Stay Up Late

Posted April 11, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Review of Don’t Stay Up Late

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Don't Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine
Genres: Horror, YA
Published by St. Martin's Griffin Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley


The second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine's Fear Street series, which sold 80 million copies around the world, making it one of the bestselling young adult series of all time.

R.L. Stine's hugely successful young adult horror series Fear Street is back after almost 2 decades. Fear Street is a worldwide phenomenon and helped to kick off the young adult craze which is still going strong today. In the second new book in this series, Don't Stay Up Late, Stine explores the unbridled terror of a damaged young lady sent on a doomed babysitting job.

Ever since a car accident killed her father and put Lisa and her mother into the hospital, Lisa can't think straight. She's plagued by nightmares and hallucinations that force her to relive the accident over and over again in vivid detail. When Lisa finds out that a neighbor is looking for a babysitter for her young son, she takes the job immediately, eager to keep busy and shake these disturbing images from her head.
But what promised to be an easy gig turns terrifying when Lisa begins to question exactly who — or what — she is babysitting.

R.L. Stine makes his triumphant return to Shadyside in the new Fear Street book Don't Stay Up Late

Also by this author: Zombie Halloween, The Lost Girl (Fear Street Relaunch, #3), You May Now Kill the Bride , Welcome to Dead House, Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes

First Line

My name is Lisa Brooks and I’m a twisted psycho.

What I thought of this book

So that first line there is an interesting one and very catching. If you a fan of R. L. Stine and his Fear Street books then I think you might enjoy this but I think it will interest more Middle Grade readers than YA. I totally had it all figured out before I was even half way through but it was still and interesting read.

Lisa was in a horrific car accident that killed her father and left her with head trauma that made her have nightmares and hallucinate. She thought she was getting better and the doctor she was seeing told her it was time for her to get a job so she starts babysitting a boy on Fear Street.

Don’t Stay Up Late had a bit of a Gremlins vibe to it when the mother told Lisa to not let Harry stay up late. “What ever you do don’t let him say up late.” While she is babysitting she starts seeing this weird creature but nobody believes her because of her head trauma. Then the murder start happening and she is pretty sure she is not hallucinating but she can’t get anyone to believe her.

Lisa isn’t a real likable character in the beginning as she is pretty immature and whiny. After her accident she is different and a bit more likable.

Don’t Stay Up Late had some creepy moments that I think would keep a middle grader up late more than a teenager. I also felt that the writing just had an over all MG feel to it, but I still enjoyed reading it.  I think if you like MG or YA horror you might want to give it a try but it might not appeal to older teens. Some might find it fun to relive their Fear Street days which was a lot of fun.

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3 responses to “Review of Don’t Stay Up Late

  1. I didn’t read Stine as a kid, first read him as an adult for a book I was editing. I love the first line but I’ll pass on the book. Interesting that it struck you as more MG than YA. Is this a reissue or a new book? I ask because I think those age groups and what they read have morphed over the years and what was once YA is now sometimes considered MG.

  2. I have never read this author, but I really don’t read middle grade books. Sorry you figured it all out early-I hate it when that happens.

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