|Release: 1994, Pages: 156|
See, I told you in the last book review that I wouldn't be as long doing up another one. 'Cause I enjoyed the last young adult Freddy Krueger novel so much, I decided to immediately dive into the first book in the series and finished it up in a two separate nights of reading. How does it fair compared to Twice Burned? Read on to find out...
Short nitty-gritty plot description from the back cover is as follows: Alicia has it all: good looks, talent and the star of the football team for a boyfriend. Why then, is she hanging around with "weird" Evan, the nerd? Evan is the biggest dweeb in the school and Alicia feels sorry for him and for all the cruel jokes her friends play, but sympathy only makes it worse. The nicer she is to Evan the more they beat him up. Then Alicia's friends being to disappear. A dead cat with its eyes plucked out is found in the trunk of a car and a terrible accident is about to happen. But will it really be an accident?
Blind Date's story revolves around Springwood high school girl, Alicia and her various troubles she has to deal with, mainly how her friends like to pick on geeky/creepy Evan, who lives across the street from Alicia, Elm Street that is. Alicia's friends are incredibly mean to Evan, constantly beating him up and making fun of him and just all around torturing the shit out of him. Alicia tries to befriend Evan, but she only makes things worse. Tensions keep mounting, until the inevitable tragic ending for some of her friends and even an innocent Alicia isn't safe.
I'll be straight up with this review and tell you right away that Blind Date is a poor book. Written by Bruce Richards (which could very well be a pen name), the writing comes off as juvenile, with chapters constantly ending with little cheesy suspense-less cliffhangers. The story goes nowhere fast, ending abruptly and never flat out tells you who the killer is. The book does try to incorporate Freddy Krueger into the mix more, but does so in a way that makes the ending come out even more confusing and pointless. If I was to give any praise towards Blind Date, I can only tell that it reads quick at 156 pages.
Blind Date is an awful way to start a series of books and it's a wonder that Freddy Krueger's Tales of Terror lasted as long as it did. As I said before, it does have the honor of trying to at least seem like a story in the same universe as the character of Freddy Krueger, but unlike Twice Burned, the overarching plot is mundane and uninspiring. Just like a real blind date, this book will leave you with the feeling of being rejected and sad.