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Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death. Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death.


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Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death. Another chilling thriller from master of horror R.L. Stine, creator of Fear Street and the Cheerleaders series. He wants a ride. She wants a thrill. So, in spite of her best friend's arguments, Christina stops to pick up the handsome hitchhiker. He's everything she thought he'd be. And more. Much, much, more. Enough to thrill Christina and Terri . . . to death.

30 review for The Hitchhiker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    During a long drive back to Florida, friends Christina and Terri decided to pick up young good looking hitchhiker James to liven up the journey. But during a rest stop they witness James short temper and with news reports of a murderer on the lose, have the girls made a massive mistake by allowing James to travel with them? I really liked the horror mystery as Stine really has fun with laying plenty of twists throughout the story. The three main characters were all interestingly written, the girls During a long drive back to Florida, friends Christina and Terri decided to pick up young good looking hitchhiker James to liven up the journey. But during a rest stop they witness James short temper and with news reports of a murderer on the lose, have the girls made a massive mistake by allowing James to travel with them? I really liked the horror mystery as Stine really has fun with laying plenty of twists throughout the story. The three main characters were all interestingly written, the girls had a real spirit of adventure and it was really hard to trust James. Stine always likes to throw in a twist ending and this one completely had me fooled!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    More 'twisty' than the average Stine, though I picked the twist early on, (or did I read this one as a teen....?) Anyway, it should be a 3 star but I'm giving it an extra for the gory ending and the (view spoiler)[ PIRANHAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] . I don't think I've ever read a book with death by (view spoiler)[ PIRANHAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] but it would have scared the crap outta me as a kid. HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH EVERYBODY More 'twisty' than the average Stine, though I picked the twist early on, (or did I read this one as a teen....?) Anyway, it should be a 3 star but I'm giving it an extra for the gory ending and the (view spoiler)[ PIRANHAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] . I don't think I've ever read a book with death by (view spoiler)[ PIRANHAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)] but it would have scared the crap outta me as a kid. HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH EVERYBODY

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    3.5 Well that very twisty! Also made me have to go back and think on what I thought I knew that turned out to be wrong. Fucked with my mind.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    Well Bob got me! This one is about the dangers of hitchhiking. Christina and Teri pick up James. He’s running from something but Christina is such a sucker for this bad boy. Teri isn’t on board with any of this. James decides that instead of staying with his cousin (the girls were supposed to drop him off there) he’s going back to Cleveland with them. They are in Florida.... there is some twist and surprises in this one that I didn’t even suspect. It’s a fun, nostalgic read and a good reminder n Well Bob got me! This one is about the dangers of hitchhiking. Christina and Teri pick up James. He’s running from something but Christina is such a sucker for this bad boy. Teri isn’t on board with any of this. James decides that instead of staying with his cousin (the girls were supposed to drop him off there) he’s going back to Cleveland with them. They are in Florida.... there is some twist and surprises in this one that I didn’t even suspect. It’s a fun, nostalgic read and a good reminder not to to pick up strangers!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Clay Anderson

    Classic RL Stine with a fantastic twist!!!! 🌪

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    For an R.L. Stine, this is a good one—up to the point at which it absolutely jumps the shark (or a smaller, more ferocious version of one). I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream For an R.L. Stine, this is a good one—up to the point at which it absolutely jumps the shark (or a smaller, more ferocious version of one). I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  7. 4 out of 5

    Myra Sullivan

    I'm not really an R.L. Stine fan. I was never crazily into the Goosebumps series or Fear Street and the few I tried to read seemed boring and repetitive to me. I expected the same when I started this book, but wow, was I surprised or what. I loved the story and was surprised at various points throughout the book. A great read. I'm not really an R.L. Stine fan. I was never crazily into the Goosebumps series or Fear Street and the few I tried to read seemed boring and repetitive to me. I expected the same when I started this book, but wow, was I surprised or what. I loved the story and was surprised at various points throughout the book. A great read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heaven

    3.5 I LOVED these and the Fear Street books growing up. I still have them and thought I would reread some of them and maybe start some of the ones I never got to. Rereading this one it’s so cheesy but the twists and turns are so fun you just can’t be so judgmental with it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    In this story, Christina and Terry are on their way home from Florida. They have a long drive that neither girl is particularly happy to be on. To spice things up, Christina decides the two should pick up a hitchhiker, James, on the side of the road. Filled with twists and turns, you’ll never guess what is coming. This book is a thrilling adventure and wild roller coaster that will flip everything as soon as you thought you had the characters pegged and the story figured out. Well, I think I know In this story, Christina and Terry are on their way home from Florida. They have a long drive that neither girl is particularly happy to be on. To spice things up, Christina decides the two should pick up a hitchhiker, James, on the side of the road. Filled with twists and turns, you’ll never guess what is coming. This book is a thrilling adventure and wild roller coaster that will flip everything as soon as you thought you had the characters pegged and the story figured out. Well, I think I know why I have such a hinderance toward and fear of hitchhiking/hitchhikers. I vaguely remember reading this book as a kid (young adult?)…sometime. I saw the cover at Goodwill, and nostalgia instantly overwhelmed me. So, I guess this was the second push I needed to start my reread of R.L. Stine. All the pieces fell into place nicely, and I’m so glad they did. So, let’s dive right in, shall we? (That may have been a pun attempt based on the ending of this story.) The plot of this story was interesting and kept me reading. I didn’t want to put this short book down because I just had to find out what was going to happen. I quickly rediscovered why I loved Stine’s writing so much as a kid: it’s easy to read, and it makes you want to keep reading. I loved all the ideas that were presented, even if some of them were quite fantastical. There’s a scene with piranhas (yea, have fun trying to figure out how that comes into play if you haven’t read the book yet) that was utterly ridiculous, and I loved every moment of it. I read a review where the reader said they had downgraded the star rating because this scene was totally unbelievable. I wanted to ask them what part of the story particularly was? Now that I’m older I totally understand what Stine meant when he recently said he meant for his books to be humorous as well as scary. Everything I needed in a good story (especially in horror) was in this one – plot, interesting characters with development, good writing, thrills, chills, plot twists, tension –and then there was humor added into the mix. Some of these happenings are meant to be ridiculous. They’re supposed to be funny and strange. This isn’t supposed to be 100% realistic. He did this on purpose. (To the reviewer I mentioned above: Loosen up and enjoy the story.) As I just mentioned, the characters in this story are wonderful. Each has their own personality and is distinctly identifiable from the others. Most of them are the characters you love to hate. They’re delightfully horrible. However, I’ll give you fair warning – Be careful who you sympathize with. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. This short story is packed with tension, thrills, and twists that are bound to keep you reading. I honestly think this book can be enjoyed by all from ages 13 and beyond. Quick Disclosure: There is quite a bit of gore involved in this, so be mindful of that if gore really isn’t your thing. Other than that, I highly recommend this book. It’s a lovely read for horror/thriller fans as well as scary story junkies (like myself!). If you’ve been hesitating to reread R.L. Stine (worried about ruining your childhood memory like me) or to pick him up for the first time, don’t be. This was marvelous, and I can’t wait to read more! Review originally published on my Wordpress blog Dreaming Through Literature.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jimbo Pantas

    FUCK. --the first word that came out of my mouth once I finished reading the last chapter. I was emotionally paralyzed for a couple of minutes. I couldn't believe it. R.L. Stine is a genius! All the time I was thinking and fearing the supposed antagonist when in fact... Tsk. I couldn't believe I was fooled! And I'm sure as fuck that all who have read this novel feel the same way too. Let me expound why I gave it 5 stars. The Plot A lot of things were really happening in the story. And I like how th FUCK. --the first word that came out of my mouth once I finished reading the last chapter. I was emotionally paralyzed for a couple of minutes. I couldn't believe it. R.L. Stine is a genius! All the time I was thinking and fearing the supposed antagonist when in fact... Tsk. I couldn't believe I was fooled! And I'm sure as fuck that all who have read this novel feel the same way too. Let me expound why I gave it 5 stars. The Plot A lot of things were really happening in the story. And I like how the plot is in a way caused by the supposed protagonists, Terri and Christina. I mean, the characters weren't being spoon-fed with horrible things. They have their individual contribution of what was plaguing them, which, to my opinion, is really good. That way, it makes the image of the characters seem more solid and real. The Characters I'm not an expert or anything, but I learned the most important thing about the characters in stories are their developments at the end of the novel. And in The Hitchhiker I witnessed that. Christina turned into a frightened control freak that she would do anything to make her and Terri's secret stay buried forever. James realized at the end that he had done things in his past that hurt people pretty bad. And Terri...I don't know what she learned other than to fear hitching when traveling. The Suspense I'm going to give this one to the author. R.L. Stine made us look like dumb schoolchildren in reading this novel. Clearly, he wanted us to think that Christina and Terri are going to be the helpless victims, and that James is the antagonist. His brilliant narrative style built this kind of suspense. The Concept I always think hitching is a very dangerous deed, and that hitchhikers are scary. I wouldn't want to give ride to strangers along the road. But well anyway that really won't happen since I don't have a car. The Ending Couldn't have been better. I felt hopeless when Art, the real antagonist, revealed that he already took care of Terri, because she is my favorite character. And I jumped to my feet when she was resurrected! Well, not resurrected the way you're thinking it. No, not resurrected like Jesus. Anyway, it turned out she survived from the starving piranhas in the lake since she was a good swimmer. And Christina, who isn't, died instead. Terri and James, after all, are the survivors, which makes them as our protagonists as well. I ran into a few holes that I found very acceptable and forgivable just the same, that's why I gave it 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Weathervane

    I could see part of the twist coming, yet aspects of it still surprised. The characters grew on me throughout. By the end I liked James quite a bit, and even Terri, regardless of her wrong actions. Nice atmosphere. The piranha pond rivals most Fear Street demises! The prose here was also comparatively strong; sentence fragments were sparse, the text fluid. Nothing literary of course, but I feel Stine's prose has regressed, probably because once he started series his writing load increased signif I could see part of the twist coming, yet aspects of it still surprised. The characters grew on me throughout. By the end I liked James quite a bit, and even Terri, regardless of her wrong actions. Nice atmosphere. The piranha pond rivals most Fear Street demises! The prose here was also comparatively strong; sentence fragments were sparse, the text fluid. Nothing literary of course, but I feel Stine's prose has regressed, probably because once he started series his writing load increased significantly. Even compare Hitchhiker with his first adult novel, Superstitious -- the disparity in sentence quality is stark. Strong story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jackieoh

    I read this in my 30’s and yeah it was cheesy and maybe a little predictable but it was still a really fun read! In my teens probably a 4 star books!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bea Tea

    Probably the most hateful characters yet in a Point Horror - I'm beginning to suspect ole R.L hates women. They are always turbo bitches who deliver all their dialogue 'shrilly' or with 'shrieks' and 'screams' while tearing at their hair and throwing hateful screed at friend and foe alike. No matter the story, I find it tiresome to slog through the book with these awful awful characters. Didn't see the ending coming, so the book was redeemed somewhat there, but yeah, characters dragged it down w Probably the most hateful characters yet in a Point Horror - I'm beginning to suspect ole R.L hates women. They are always turbo bitches who deliver all their dialogue 'shrilly' or with 'shrieks' and 'screams' while tearing at their hair and throwing hateful screed at friend and foe alike. No matter the story, I find it tiresome to slog through the book with these awful awful characters. Didn't see the ending coming, so the book was redeemed somewhat there, but yeah, characters dragged it down way too hard for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kris Lugosi

    Holy crap, hitchhiking is not what it use to be! I would have been killed three pages in if I were these girls!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I wanted to love this one, but it fell very flat. Maybe it would have been better if I was 12, but as I'm not, it wasn't. I do love stories about creepy hitchhikers though. There's something super cosy about roadtrips with strangers. And it gave me flashbacks to when I was lost in the countryside with my friend and came across a group of hitchers wanting a ride. Glad I didn't pick them up! I wanted to love this one, but it fell very flat. Maybe it would have been better if I was 12, but as I'm not, it wasn't. I do love stories about creepy hitchhikers though. There's something super cosy about roadtrips with strangers. And it gave me flashbacks to when I was lost in the countryside with my friend and came across a group of hitchers wanting a ride. Glad I didn't pick them up!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Thomas-James

    Kept me on the edge of my (drivers) seat! Really sped through this one ☝🏻 Great twist too! Seems to line up with the crazy stories in Florida!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The beginning of THE HITCHHIKER started off incredibly ridiculous in that two teenager girls, maybe 16? One only having a driver’s permit, are allowed to drive from Cleveland to the southern tip of Florida for a vacation by themselves. On their way back they pick up a hitchhiker, which one of the girls starts totally drooling over because things like this happen in real life. I get it. I need to suspend my disbelief. But one thing I’m learning in my Summer of Cheese pseudo-experiment is that Stin The beginning of THE HITCHHIKER started off incredibly ridiculous in that two teenager girls, maybe 16? One only having a driver’s permit, are allowed to drive from Cleveland to the southern tip of Florida for a vacation by themselves. On their way back they pick up a hitchhiker, which one of the girls starts totally drooling over because things like this happen in real life. I get it. I need to suspend my disbelief. But one thing I’m learning in my Summer of Cheese pseudo-experiment is that Stine doesn’t ground his stories in reality. At all. Irrespective of monsters or anything supernatural, the characters are caricatures, the plots are ridiculous and the stories incredibly contrived. These aren’t silly Goosebumps books that are geared toward children. These are teen books. YA before there really was a solid YA category for books to fall in to. And they’re just ridiculous. So Terri appears to be the one with a head on her shoulders while Christina is sucking face in the back seat with the random dude they picked up on the side of the highway. It starts going in true typical horror movie fashion when the hitchhiker, whose name escapes me, starts tapping into his rage. Do the girls ditch him? Of course not, even after he frightens them. Instead they end up staying at his cousin’s house somewhere in Florida. Not creepy at all. Crappy characters start being crappy when Terri goes missing and Christina freaks out and puts roughly zero effort into finding her friend. Instead she and roadside dude start hitching north when things really go south for them. It’s in that southness that the standard Stine twist starts coming into play and the story starts to redeem itself just a little bit because it actually starts to become nominally interesting. But still following Stine fashion the ending is kind of coming out of nowhere and is just dropped on you like a bomb. With hindsight the hints that were dropped could have applied to how it all played out off the page but it still feels cheap and like an afterthought with this “twist” happening. Sometimes these things aren’t very well done. I mean it’s one thing to lead readers down one road and try to take their attention off of the real culprits and it’s another thing entirely to not even allude to the real culprits at all and make their reveal a total afterthought. To me this kind of thing works if I can go back and find the pieces that lead to the ending. It doesn’t when I feel entirely blindsided by the ending and the story is missing the pieces that would have otherwise gotten me there. So yeah, I didn’t see the ending coming but it was kind of pulled out of nowhere. It made those last few pages a bit more interesting, though. But it’s a bit too little too late for me. I don’t expect to be terrified by these books but I do expect not to roll my eyes nearly constantly while reading them. THE HITCHHIKER was one of my lesser-liked Stine books. 2

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Woods

    I wish I had a shelf full of books like this. Easy to read, interesting, fast paced, you can read within one hour. My boyfriend was on a tow, I was stuck in a car, this is the book I happened to grab & I read it in an hour. These types of books are wonderful fillers. You know when you're reading tons of longer books and your head is just kind of tired of taking EVERYTHING IN? Well this is a nice little vacation. You don't need to fall in love with the characters, you don't need to remember all the I wish I had a shelf full of books like this. Easy to read, interesting, fast paced, you can read within one hour. My boyfriend was on a tow, I was stuck in a car, this is the book I happened to grab & I read it in an hour. These types of books are wonderful fillers. You know when you're reading tons of longer books and your head is just kind of tired of taking EVERYTHING IN? Well this is a nice little vacation. You don't need to fall in love with the characters, you don't need to remember all these little details. It's just a simple book with the usual crazy twist at the end that R.L. Stine is well known for. Seriously, almost every book I've read of his (excluding Goosebumps) they all have a twist at the end. Whoever you think is behind something isn't, or there is some psychological craziness going on. Suddenly the main characters best friend throughout the entire book, was never there, it was all in their little messed up heads. (That is not a spoiler for this book, just an example of what he writes). So yes, a shelf of these light fun reads would be PERFECT. You can't read to many in a row or you'll find yourself in desperate need for a book with more meat to it's bones. But if you're in a reading slump, don't take reading so seriously and enjoy a fluffy horror book like this. Or a fluffy chicklit/romance. Those usually do the trick as well. Overall this story was interesting, you really wanted to know who was in trouble for what, and who was beyond every event that happens. This is one ending I did not see coming. And I was very stunned at the end when I discovered WHODUNIT. I also felt like a jerk for pointing fingers to soon. It goes to show, don't judge people so soon. Overall it was interesting, no annoying characters, not easily predictable. Overall a fun fast paced read. I can't give it more than three stars though, because these types of books can never truly be AMAZING. They are like watching an episode of your guilty pleasure reality TV show. Nothing compared to your beloved Walking Dead, or American Horror Story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I just loved these books when I was a teen! I've reread several of them in my adult years, just for fun, and find that I still enjoy them. I recently grabbed a pile of them from my local used book store and took a few to the beach with me. I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes a couple of times while reading this one, and remind myself to just appreciate it for what it is! I just loved these books when I was a teen! I've reread several of them in my adult years, just for fun, and find that I still enjoy them. I recently grabbed a pile of them from my local used book store and took a few to the beach with me. I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes a couple of times while reading this one, and remind myself to just appreciate it for what it is!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    HITHIKER WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK....I REALLY ENJOYED IT.. r.l STINE IS ONE OG MY FAVORITE AUTHORS.....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    Embarrassingly enough, I actually liked this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    3.5 stars. My favourite Point Horror book so far, since starting to re-read them as an adult!

  23. 5 out of 5

    kylajaclyn

    So we have three typical Stine characters. First, there is Terri, the worrywart. She doesn't want to pick up a hitchhiker. She's pretty but the "chubby" one. Her friend, Christina, however is blonde and bubbly and carefree. She wants to pick up the hitchhiker, and what she says goes. She's a very reckless person and has been driving recklessly the whole trip. Christina convinces Terri to pick up James, the hitchhiker. But we know from the first page that James has hurt someone back home, and also So we have three typical Stine characters. First, there is Terri, the worrywart. She doesn't want to pick up a hitchhiker. She's pretty but the "chubby" one. Her friend, Christina, however is blonde and bubbly and carefree. She wants to pick up the hitchhiker, and what she says goes. She's a very reckless person and has been driving recklessly the whole trip. Christina convinces Terri to pick up James, the hitchhiker. But we know from the first page that James has hurt someone back home, and also that he might have potentially killed another person he hitched a ride from. The radio reports keep talking about a man that was found dead, and it's suspected that a hitchhiker killed him. Once they pick up James, however, he constantly turns off the radio and tells Terri and Christina that he doesn't like news. He also has a massive temper, something that is never dealt with by the end. He beats up a guy in a diner, and then he beats up his cousin for assuming that he (James) took his wallet. Terri is cold to James until one night when they have stopped at a hotel in order to outrun a guy in a blue car who has been following them through Florida and back again. Terri takes James out to apologize to him, but in the morning Christina can't find Terri. When she finds out that James was with Terri the night before, she becomes suspicious that perhaps he had something to do with her disappearance. James acts like she is crazy for even suggesting this but... really? You've been lashing out at everybody for no good reason throughout the entire book, James. In addition to Terri being missing, Christina and Terri's car is also missing. Christina freaks out and says they need to get away and find Terri. So they hitch a ride from a guy. But he doesn't take them where they want to go. They realize he's heading south when he's supposed to be heading north. His name is Art, and he is taking them to his piranha house of horrors. He is the son of the man that was killed by the hitchhiker. He ties up James and Christina and, because this is a Stine novel, drags out his purpose ridiculously long. In the meantime, Christina tries to stall by insisting that she has money she can give him. She tells him to look in her suitcase, which he does. He finds the wallet that Paul accused James of stealing. James himself is quite perplexed by this turn of events. She also says her parents are loaded and she can get him more money. But when this fails to work, Christina decides to blame the old man's death on James. She insists that it's all James's fault, but there's just one problem: Art saw the whole thing, and he knows she's lying. He knows it's really Terri and Christina that killed him because he wouldn't give them his car (they were sick of hitching). Christina finally admits the truth, and Art takes them outside. Art starts his evil villain monologue about the piranha pond that lies below. He intends to throw them both in this pond and leave them for dead... even though James had nothing to do with the old man's death. Art says that he already took care of Terri the night before. Art is also holding a pistol, but when he starts to push Christina in the water she ducks and he goes falling in instead. He is eaten almost instantly. James is ready to leave the place with Christina, but Christina has other plans. She picks up the pistol and aims it at James. She tells him that she's sorry, but she just can't let him live. Besides Art and Terri, he's the only other one who knows what happened to the old man. While she's talking, James sees an impossible figure behind her. Terri is walking towards Christina with a huge white rock. He watches numbly as Terri moves to hit Christina, but Christina catches her and tosses her over the side. James hears a splash. He and Christina wrestle, and James gets a hold of the pistol. He pushes Christina over and watches her get eaten. But he's surprised to see that Terri didn't fall in the water after all. She clung to a tree root. The splash he heard was the rock hitting the pond. James takes Terri to the hospital, and he thanks her for saving him and vice versa. He says he needs to get home to apologize to the girl he hurt... by trying to break up with her, it turns out. Terri asks how he's getting home, and he's says he's hitching. No brains on this one. Also, James's massive anger problem is never resolved. I hope that girl back home runs as far away as she can. Because it's Stine, he had to make another woman the villain, but I'm not buying it. James isn't any more stable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liam Underwood

    R.L. Stine's Point Horror books that I've read so far have ranged from my current favourite - The Girlfriend - to my current least favourite - Beach Party , with a fair amount in between. Thankfully The Hitchhiker is one of Stine's better Point Horror books. Despite the plot quite obviously signposting a fairly major reveal, the climax still manages to veer into delightfully bonkers territory and still contains some surprises. The characters are likeable enough and distinct, and Stine's wr R.L. Stine's Point Horror books that I've read so far have ranged from my current favourite - The Girlfriend - to my current least favourite - Beach Party , with a fair amount in between. Thankfully The Hitchhiker is one of Stine's better Point Horror books. Despite the plot quite obviously signposting a fairly major reveal, the climax still manages to veer into delightfully bonkers territory and still contains some surprises. The characters are likeable enough and distinct, and Stine's writing style is just so moreish that I found myself rapidly devouring this book. The narrative bounces between the three principle characters, which was an interesting touch, and when necessary the book surprisingly isn't afraid to get violent with some moments of real peril. There were several occasions in The Hitchhiker where I really couldn't put the book down. This was a super fun read and is more in line with the Stine literature that I have fond nostalgic memories about. 3.5/5 Point Horror Ranked 1) The Girlfriend - 4/5 2) Trick or Treat - 3.5/5 3) Fatal Secrets - 3.5/5 4) Teacher's Pet - 3.5/5 5) The Baby-Sitter II - 3.5/5 6) The Cheerleader - 3.5/5 7) The Hitchhiker - 3.5/5 8) April Fools - 3.5/5 9) My Secret Admirer - 3.5/5 10) The Lifeguard - 3.5/5 11) Thirteen Tales of Horror - 3/5 12) The Accident - 3/5 13) Funhouse - 3/5 14) The Invitation - 2.5/5 15) The Snowman - 2.5/5 16) The Boyfriend - 2/5 17) Mother's Helper - 2/5 18) The Baby-Sitter - 1.5/5 19) The Return of the Vampire - 1/5 20) Beach Party - 1/5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kyla O'Neil

    The book I am reading is “The Hitchhiker” by R. L. Stine. It is a creepy, action packed mystery. This book takes place in Florida, and the main characters are Christina, Terry, and James. They are on their way back home from taking a trip to Florida. I chose to read this book, because I have read other R. L. Stine books, and I really liked them. I liked this one as well. This book is about two girls, christina, and Terri. They go on a trip to florida, and on their way back, they pick up James, a The book I am reading is “The Hitchhiker” by R. L. Stine. It is a creepy, action packed mystery. This book takes place in Florida, and the main characters are Christina, Terry, and James. They are on their way back home from taking a trip to Florida. I chose to read this book, because I have read other R. L. Stine books, and I really liked them. I liked this one as well. This book is about two girls, christina, and Terri. They go on a trip to florida, and on their way back, they pick up James, a hitchhiker in need of a ride. Terry does not trust him, but James doesn't know why the girls keep arguing. After a while of driving, Christina, and Terry see the real James, and his anger problems. Later on the news they hear about a murder. A man who always stopped for hitchhikers was brutally murdered on the side of the road. Nobody knows who killed him, but if you read “The Hitchhiker”, you will find out. My favorite part of the book was when they hear on the news of the man that was killed after he was said to have picked up a hitchhiker. I liked this part best, because it left me at a cliffhanger, and created suspense. When I read this part I wanted to keep reading. In the book, the radio said “Earlier today, an elderly Fort Lauderdale man was found unconscious beside Highway 95 just south of the city. Police report that he was beaten with a blunt object and dragged from his car. The car was stolen. Police believe that a hitchhiker may be responsible- James clicked off the radio.” (Stine Pg.35) I also really enjoyed the ending of the book because it threw me for a loop, and I was not expecting it. I really liked this book. It is creepy, and has many unexpected parts. This book was very hard to put down. Each chapter ended in a cliffhanger, and made me want to read more. Similar books to this are any other book by R. L. Stine. R. L. Stine has written many, many books, and they are all mostly in the horror/scary genera. Other people that might like this book, are people that enjoy a good scare. Also if you like horror or mystery books, this would be a good book for you, like it was for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Div

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of all, the back of the book is totally misleading. It really made me fall for the trap. I will confess though, I loved finding out the truth later on. Terri started off as the most likable one. I wouldn't pick up a hitchhiker either. It annoyed me that Terri hit on James but I guess now I know why. I thought Christina was stupid and annoying for the majority of this book. Turns out she's way worse. Her end was great! James. Poor clueless, stupid James. I thought he was the bad guy and whil First of all, the back of the book is totally misleading. It really made me fall for the trap. I will confess though, I loved finding out the truth later on. Terri started off as the most likable one. I wouldn't pick up a hitchhiker either. It annoyed me that Terri hit on James but I guess now I know why. I thought Christina was stupid and annoying for the majority of this book. Turns out she's way worse. Her end was great! James. Poor clueless, stupid James. I thought he was the bad guy and while he isn't a great guy he is definitely not the bad guy. He came out looking like a stupid saint. Who would have thought? Especially with the synopsis at the back of the book. So, this is how you subvert expectations. There is a real mystery in the story surrounding each character and the point of view shifts enough so you get a glimpse of each one but not enough to sell out the plot. Also, I kind of like what he did with the sexes and the typical idea that comes to mind when you think of two girls picking up a strange guy. Terri, Christina and James are not one-dimensional but initially they are presented that way to fool you. James seems like a big bad tough guy with a bad temper who might be abusive. I thought he'd hurt the girls. Christina seems like a silly adventurous girl but turns out to be quite cunning and manipulative. Terri is probably the truest to her initial presentation. She is practical, worried and at least her conscience is bothering her. We would expect the dark dangerous guy to be hurting the poor innocent helpless girls. Turns out the joke is on him and they ladies are not so innocent and helpless as he thought.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leigha

    I'm debating between a 3.5 and a 4. For now, I am going to round it down to a 3 because I am not going to lie, the first half was quite boring for me. I have read this before as a teen and I didn't remember the twist, which I am grateful for. Toward the end, it started to get good. I stopped reading it around the midway point 2 months ago because I wasn't feeling it at the time, but today, I told myself I was just going to read another chapter, but then it hooked me and I finished the whole thin I'm debating between a 3.5 and a 4. For now, I am going to round it down to a 3 because I am not going to lie, the first half was quite boring for me. I have read this before as a teen and I didn't remember the twist, which I am grateful for. Toward the end, it started to get good. I stopped reading it around the midway point 2 months ago because I wasn't feeling it at the time, but today, I told myself I was just going to read another chapter, but then it hooked me and I finished the whole thing. If only I had just stuck it out longer back then! Oh well...

  28. 4 out of 5

    evan nordy

    I liked the beginning, but it felt boring half way through. It was about a hitchhiker that was picked up by two young girls. The one girl fell in love with him but the other didn't trust him at all. The Hitchhiker is like the hulk when he loses his temper. He gets mad easy and usually very physical with others. The book was very good and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading horror or even romance. I liked the beginning, but it felt boring half way through. It was about a hitchhiker that was picked up by two young girls. The one girl fell in love with him but the other didn't trust him at all. The Hitchhiker is like the hulk when he loses his temper. He gets mad easy and usually very physical with others. The book was very good and I recommend it to anyone who likes reading horror or even romance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erica B

    Reading some old books while cleaning them out of my mom's. Actually pretty good in terms of a thriller to keep you engaged and wanting to know what happens next. A bit dated in places I thought about how people maybe acted, but ending tied it up pretty well. Better than some recent adult thrillers I've read in terms of whodunnit and cliffhangers. Reading some old books while cleaning them out of my mom's. Actually pretty good in terms of a thriller to keep you engaged and wanting to know what happens next. A bit dated in places I thought about how people maybe acted, but ending tied it up pretty well. Better than some recent adult thrillers I've read in terms of whodunnit and cliffhangers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julián Luis

    "Cute? He looks like a killer!" "Don't exaggerate, mom," Christina said, sticking her tongue out at her friend. "Stop calling me mom. I really hate it." "Then stop acting like mom," Christina said sharply. She pulled the car to the shoulder of the highway. The Hitchhiker, R. L. Stine "Cute? He looks like a killer!" "Don't exaggerate, mom," Christina said, sticking her tongue out at her friend. "Stop calling me mom. I really hate it." "Then stop acting like mom," Christina said sharply. She pulled the car to the shoulder of the highway. The Hitchhiker, R. L. Stine

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