Tales Point Horror Book Club – The Accident by Diane Hoh
#PointHorrorBookClub was created by author Juno Dawson in 2013. Juno announced in 2015 that she was no longer able to carry on so, with her blessing, I took over the reins.
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The Accident by Diane Hoh
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She appears in Megan’s mirror one day, a pale shadow. She is the ghost of Juliet, a young girl who tragically drowned in the lake. She makes a strange request – she begs Megan to change places with her, just for a week. Megan reluctantly agrees, but who is Juliet?
She has returned….from the dead!
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
Oh the poor students of Philippa Moore Senior High School in Lakeside are suffering due to their school not being air conditioned! Oh the horror! So bunking off school is a must! Whilst Megan is planning her sweet sixteenth party her friends have a terrible accident!
Yep! A car loses control and three of Megan’s friends end up in hospital! Whatever could have happened to them?! And this is just the first of many strange terrifying accidents that occur! And when Megan find drawings predicting who will be next in true Final Destination style it gets serious!
Drawings that show the next victim?! Oh No!
Yep! Not any old drawings either! They were top notch sought after art….drawn in Crayola crayons don’t you know! Drawings that have the meanings of names! I present the evidence….a drawing with a cap and a pea = Cappie! And a drawing of a hill = Hill! And the crème de la crème of charade drawings a Bar and a Bee = Barbie! Just genius really! I’m just jealous!
*adds into my current wip!*
What kind of twisted mind would draw such a sick pictures about a tragic accidents?!
Oh maybe just the ghost that appears in Megan’s mirror and asks to swap bodies for a week! Just a day in the life of good old kind hearted Megan!
Ghostly apparitions and body swaps! Woah did Dove from The Perfume return?!
Dove from The Perfume would have had a field day with our ghosty in The Accident, Juliet. After dying in a accident many years previously she appears in Megan’s mirror as they share the same birthday! Poor old Juliet died before her sweet sixteen party and wants one last chance to live for a week so basically wants to use Megan’s body to do so!
WHAT?! IS SHE CRAZY! I bet Megan told her to go and visit the new Ghostbuster movie set instead of bothering her!
Ermmmm…nope….nope she didn’t….she kindly offers to help Juliet!
Dum dum dum!
Oh Megan! Megan with her hair as dark as crows wings , oval face and sea green eyes…..but remember she is shy and quiet so apparently this means she should have plain straight brown hair!
*looks in mirror at my plain, straight brown hair and ponders if I’m shy and quiet……..no comments!*
Always feeling sorry for people got her in a bit of bother when she felt sorry for a ghost in her mirror! Yep that’s right…good old Megan felt that sorry for the cutey wooty little ghosty that she traded places with her for a week….with almost deadly circumstances!
I found Megan a little typical point horror girlish! She winged quite a lot and said Oh No in that Point Horror Girl way. And lets be honest she took being kind hearted a little to far really don’t you think?!
The Love Interest
Justin Carr! Mr tall and thin like one of the reeds in the shallower coves of the lake. With gorgeous sandy wavy hair and his grey eyes behind his wire-rimmed glasses! With a kind heart and open mind….they don’t make these point horror love interests like they used to you know! A not so typical point horror love interest as instead of the jock we have a kind of funny, geek who is actually quite adorable. Just me? I mean being THAT in tune with Megan to be able to communicate with her when she was a ghost was impressive *swoon*. And personally on the audio book I listened to I thought he was lovely 🙂
He was born ready!
Are you exactly 15 years of age?!
Do you live near a lake?!
Are you open minded and have a kind heart?
Are you some with an imagination and belief that anything is possible?!
Then Juliet will appear in your mirror……poof!
What’s that wispy, shadowy plume appearing in that oval mirror! It’s so purple and scary and…and….and…..oh it’s only Juliet! Nothing to be scared of! She’s only a ghost from the 1930’s come back for a bit of revenge! Surely no one would fall for her butter wouldn’t melt routine! Oh Wait!
I kind of liked Juliet’s passion and patience! Imagine waiting all of those years for someone with the exact match to your advert to finally move into a house near the lake who just happens to be the granddaughter of the step sister who you hated and you drowned because of! Phew that was mind baffling! The perfect revenge!
PS….don’t quote me on this but I have an inkling that purple may just be Juliet’s favourite colour if you wanted to by her a dress…it suits her 😉
I also loved how Juliet wasted no time and got it on with Justin, who thought it was Megan and Megan had to watch….this sounds very dodgy indeed!
*Checks that this was a Point Horror I was reading*
Drama loving Hillary Bench…..Silly Hilly! With her thick, straight short blonde hair which was square around her ears in a shining cap she gave me a lot of chuckles (especially on the audio tape!). I actually kind of liked her a lot…ESPECIALLY HER WARM MARSHMELLOW INSIDE! Ghosty Juliet trys to push Silly Hilly off the balcony, but I think Silly Hilly must have the best reflexes! She was wasted in Point Horror and needed in an action movie!
Lets not forget classic Point Horror named friends Jenny Winn, Barbie and Cappie Cabot! Oh bless them ….they end up in hospital by the end of chapter one missing out on their breakthrough starring roles in a Point Horror Classic! They had a nice yellow car though….well you can’t have everything can you!
Oh and poor poor short squat moustached, dead eyed Donny Richardson! Rejected by all the girls in school, Silly Hilly calls him a dweeb, his parents are divorced so apparently his home life stunk and basically was blamed for every accident in the book when he was innocent! They even accused him of having the personality of a hang nail (?)! I felt kind of sorry for him….although I did find the perfect picture of him in his pink shirt trying to pull all the ladies 😉
Also little mention has to go to sophisticated viper Vicki Deems, in her skin tight sexy red top and black spider eyes spotting men like spotting juicy flys….she’s try to hit on Justin! The hussy!
Fashion Faux Pas
Megan did love her blue denim shoulder bag…a lot! She took it everywhere! Seriously it crops up all over The Accident…I was tempted to give it it’s own category!
“Sitting in one of the classrooms was like being roasted over hot coals!”
“People didn’t laugh at Justin. People took him seriously”
Seriously?! The audio tape casting got this description very wrong then…I laughed at him many a time!
“Megan marches to a different drummer”
“All creative people have their head in the clouds. Maybe she’ll write a great novel one day”
Yes maybe one day!
“I look like a melted daisy”
What does a melted daisy look like?!
“His alphabet might be missing some of its letters”
*chomps on an D and a Y – MMMM YUMMY!*
“The feeling of being watched slipped over her again, as chilling as a wet sweater”
Just me who laughed at this…..yes okay I’m immature!
“Poof? She would go poof? And disappear? Forever?”
You are not getting rid of Juliet that easy Megan – who you gonna call? Surely they were around in the 90’s!
“You’re all over him like jelly on peanut butter”
“Little Miss Muffet in there pretended to be so sticky-sweet”
I thought little Miss Muffet ate curds and whey?
“Kind of like Cinderella” “Except that you won’t turn into a pumpkin. You’ll turn into…nothing”
That Juliet could be so mean! *eats pumpkin pie*
“It’s fat white knobs poking her rudely in the back”
Sorry I couldn’t resist! One of us was going to pick this up! All the lol’s!
Does Juliet count as a dead body? Well she is dead I guess, but no dead bodies turn up throughout the book! Although there were a few “accidents”! 🙂
Is it scary?
Hmmmmm not really scary! But a lot of “accidents” happen to Megan’s friends and family including the normally elusive from Point Horror parents of Megan! Poor old Connie nearly drowns and Megan’s Dad Thomas falls off a ladder! And poor Tom, Megans little brother gets run over by a monster truck!
To be honest Juliet turning up in Megan’s mirror was quite comical rather than scary!
Did the best friend do it?
Nope! It was the crazy ghost lady who you swapped bodies with Megan! *wags finger*
Some Mild Peril?
I guess Megan’s mom nearly drowning and her brother being hit by a truck is defiantly mild peril! And Silly Hilly falling off the balcony! Wow! Thinking about it Megan got off quite lightly really!?!
Is it any good?
I actually quite liked this….although I found Megan a little whiney at times I just thought the story flowed well and I can forgive some of it’s loop holes and un used characters and predictable end!
Huge shout out to the mall with the hair salon called Cut It Again and the ice cream shop called Lickety-Split where you could order half a gallon of Triple Trouble ice cream!! #LifeGoals!
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- Give me your best description of a drawing of a name ie A Cap and a Pea = Cappie!
- What would your advert for ghostly body swaps be?
- What do you think happened at Megan’s sweet sixteenth?
- If you could swap bodies with some one for a week who would it be?
- Give me your best shop name to go in The Accident shopping Mall!
Also Point Horror Book Club member Billy has done it again! Summing up The Accident in emojis! And it’s awesome! Here it is!
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