Top positive review
For what it is, its pretty good
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2012
I had low expectations. I'm a twenty-something creative writing major and I just wanted a book I could get through quickly and get some mild enjoyment out of over my winter holiday. It took me approximatly 5 hours to read (and I'm kind of a slow reader) so it met my first expectation.
As far as being mildly enjoyable it hit the mark there too. Was it genius? No way. Actually as a writing student it was fun to correct his writing mistakes in my head as I went. But I enjoyed it. The book is nearly 170 pages long. The mystery had me going until page 100 when I put it down for the day. That night I woke in the middle of the night and half asleep I figured out the mystery. I finished the book anxious to see if I was right and I was. I literally figured out the mystery in my sleep. But the story was entertaining and the characters mildly interesting. And though I had the mystery all sorted out I was still excited to finish the book and confirm that I was correct.
There was one thing I was a little disappointed in, though its nit picking. I was really excited about this book because it was originally published in 1989. I was so ready for some all out 80's goodness! And it was there, the jock was wearing Converse sneakers like Emilio Estevez in Breakfast Club, a Honda Accord passed them on the street so I looked up a picture cause I just had to see what an '88 Accord looked like! I was having so much fun! Then all of a sudden the main characters IPod is blasting in his ears. WHAT??? I double checked, it was written in 89 and reprinted in 06. What the duce?? To make a long story short from what I can surmise it seems that what they did was they wanted to make the new edition of the book relevant to new generation so they swapped out what was probably a walkman in the original edition to be an IPod and changed some cult following film from the 80's to Lord of the Rings and the music at the school dance to Missy Elliot and Kanye West. They made quick name changes to easy things but the problem with this is that the big picture things couldn't be changed. It would require a whole rewrite of sections of the book. For instance, rather than jump on their home PC's and connect to the internet they go to the library computer lab to look through old newspapers. It doesn't make any sense and if you dont know that the book was originally published in 89 and they changed things it really makes it confusing and I can imagine readers feeling like the big picture things that happen don't make any sense and is using lack of technology as a bad plot device like in crappy horror movies.
Anyway, overall I really liked the book. I am looking forward to reading the next one.