Tales Point Horror Book Club – Double Date by Sinclair Smith
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Double Date by Sinclair Smith
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Travis and Christie love playing crazy practical jokes, but when Tracy and Kyle go on a double date with them, they don’t expect to be frightened to death. When Travis takes them to an abandoned ski lodge they start disappearing, one by one. Could Travis’s tales of a killer ghost be true?
Dating can be deadly
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
It all starts in eighth grade where Tracey, who fancies a boy called Travis, pretends she doesn’t to the popular girl in school who is laughing at her!
Yep! We’ve all been there! What happens next?
Well Travis pretends to slit Tracey’s throat for saying such a thing and thus begging the revenge plot of all revenge plots….the pranks to beat all pranks ever….for revenge!
OMG! This sounds terrifying!
Oooookkkaaaayyyy….lets move on!
Anyway jumping forward in time a few years after the above events Tracey and her low life (sorry, not sorry) boyfriend Kyle who loves double dating decide to spice things up in their relationship and go on a double date with Travis and his “girlfriend” now he’s all grown up and hot and stuff and thus the revenge plot begins. Tracey goes along for the ride to a 1920’s hunting lodge complete with moose head called The Normandy where Travis attempts to put his revenge plot into full action.
Oh No! What happens!
Well what Travis doesn’t count on is someone else in the 1920’s hunting lodge complete with moose head and he is watching them and playing some pranks of his own ……
Tracey was how I would describe a classic point horror girl…old skool style. In fact I made many notes next to her name in my note pad simply saying “Arrrrggghhhh”. Blonde hair and sparkly dark eyes with a passion for dressing up at Halloween as a princess. She goes along with the crowd and it just got a little tedious for my liking. Although I do blame her boyfriend Kyle (who she seemed to know nothing about) a little as whenever she seemed to have an opinion or made a decision he was there putting her down or telling her to stop being silly. This being said she always just seemed to roll over and say “okay then” to a lot of things.
Credit where credits due though when Kyle was tied up and apparently unconscious (no you cheered!) she did venture down into that cellar alone, gain super strength to break out of a looked wardrobe, gets a new hair do, tries to fool a convicted murder and then slashes said convicted murderer with a piece of broken glass! Go Tracey!
But then she had to ruin it all at the end by telling Kyle she will save him *grabs sick bag* and staying with Kyle at the end of the book, acting all loved up and then showing she had changed by telling bitchy Tina Beston she didn’t want to help out with decorations! Apparently that was meant to Tracey putting her foot down and saying no….but TO THE WRONG PERSON!
*looks at Kyle and gives him the look*
Also what was with that whole bracelet scene in the Mall?
The Love Interest
I suppose as I have a heading that says “Love Interest” I am obliged to talk about Kyle Farris.
Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!
He was Tracey’s so called boyfriend and a controlling one at that. He decided everything they should do, basically almost cheats on Tracey in front of her very eyes and puts Tracey down constantly. I was hoping for a full on dumping!
“Come on Tracey lighten up” was his catch phrase! We should have realised what he was like when he staged that fight in The Burger Joint to “liven things up”!
He made be rage at the way he spoke to Tracey!
I suppose I should start with Mr Prankster, Travis Judd. With his flat cold eyes, brown dark wavy hair, geeky demeanour and apparent good sense of humour he was the ugly duckling turned into a swan and classic potential Chelley Point Horror crush (especially when he was dressed as a bat for Halloween)!
But OH NO! He went and spoiled it didn’t he! Yes I’m a little bitter! He took Tracey crushing his eighth grade heart and his temperamental streak way too far with too many pranks!!! I mean they were not even funny! I mean, okay he got me at the prologue with his fake knife and what I thought was putting Tracey out of her misery, but No! NO! NO! NO! And just because of his crush on Tracey (he had a funny way of showing it) he had to come in at the end and pretend to be the hero with his shovel! Laughing Bill soon showed him how we all felt about his pranks! I mean gunshots on a tape, ghost stories, stealing candy, fake newspapers *rolls eyes*
Disclaimer – I may be slightly bitter…. either that or I kind of fancied Travis…a little 🙂
And then there good old Christie…..tall, long legs, long black hair, tight clothes, loves mints and the way she talks meaningless gibberish. She was my fave! I loved her a lot! I especially loved the fact that she had a scholarship to study computer science and no one seemed to believe it. I loved her temper tantrums and the revelation that she was playing along with the pranks and was really Travis’s cousin. She had several personalities rolled into one and was seemingly so much better than the others. I got very protective over her especially when the others think shes in on the whole car prank as she figured out the rotor was missing….basically saying that she can’t be that clever to have figured it out without being in on it….well she was that clever and I loved her!
Laughing Bill or Blockhead Bill as he gets renamed after being hit over the head with a shovel and going “Guhhhhhh”. Wouldn’t you?! The convicted criminal with the dead blue eyes and scar. He actually made me chuckle a bit….did any one else think of….
Shout out to best friend Laila Crandall…..why did we not get more Laila! I did a yelp of excitement at the start for possibly a diverse character in Point Horror for her to only disappear and show up at the end of the book *sad face*
Also shout out to the underused character of Tina Beston…. oh she was the popular bitchy girl. With her violet eyes, black lashes, catty attitude and boyfriend called Roger she was like something straight out of Scream Queens and I wanted more! I mean she could shriek and took dressing as a witch to a whole new level with sparkles in her red hair, black satin costume and a peaked cap with silver stars! I’m jealous! She would have been a fab character, but again like Laila only featured at the beginning and the end! Boooooooo!
And Sam The Waiter in The Stagger Inn….I think I speak for us all when I say I’m so sad those biceps where not used or featured more!
Fashion Faux Pas
I spotted some tight leather spandex mentioned in the form of a dress
(N.B – After what I’ve seen searching for this picture I dread to think what my husband will think when seeing my internet history!)
“Tracey looked down at her own princess costume. She had thought it was so pretty…Now her costume didn’t seem spooky enough”
It was Halloween!
“The sound of a scream cut through the air. It started as a thin, high wail and grew into an ear splitting shriek. It’s only Tina Beston announcing her arrival”
This made me lol *screams*
“It’s great that your humour is so over the top”
Wait! There was humour?
“Tracey’s heart flip-flopped”
Well flopped rhymes with plopped. The word which appeared everywhere in this book!
“That doesn’t sound like something Kyle would do”
What does he do? *coughs*
“I just love mints”
I just love how we got to know the real Christie
“Oh come on Tracey can’t you take a joke?”
“At least Christie wouldn’t talk when she was eating. Or would she?”
Only if she was eating mints?
“Plop. Plop. Plop”
*sniggers* Sinclair Smith uses the word Plop a lot throughout this book!
“That had better be it for the jokes. I’ve had it”
You and me both Kyle.
“He got a dipstick from the trunk….”
*insert many jokes here*
“Some fast food meat companies buy beef blood to keep the meat looking red. I think they use it so the meat won’t look dried out if it’s frozen for a long time”
IS THIS TRUE! *pulls face*
“Let’s Dance!…..No thanks I’m going to get a cup of cocoa”
My thoughts exactly!
Unfortunately not the people we were hoping for but still!
RIP Jack Whelan and William “Laughing Bill” Burke!
Also I guess if the old ghost stories were true then many hotel guests must have lost their lives too! OMG this book was a blood bath! *whistles*
Is it scary?
No! Not really scary at all.
I tell you what was scary though! The fact that Tracey’s Mom and Dad did not get a mention until page 141! Is this a Point Horror record?
Did the best friend do it?
No! Try an escaped convicted criminal who was in hiding in the lodge! Bet you didn’t see THAT coming!
Some Mild Peril?
Hmmmm I guess being snowed in a lodge with your date and your double dates going missing and then being threatened by a convicted murderer on the run after escaping what seemed like quite easily from prison classes as mild peril?
Oh and also angry store owner with a mop!
That is all 🙂
Is it any good?
Let’s put it this way….it was better than The Boy Next Door. I mean I loved the whole premise once it got going of the deserted lodge, snowed in, strange things going on, secret passage ways, ghost stories, bloodied scissors, but there was just something missing for me in this one, but as I said we can’t complain after The Boy Next Door really can we?
I did like the shout out to Carrie though!
What happened to the
cute, fluffy, adorable, full of rabies racoon!
Which do you prefer?
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- Kyle! Hot or Rot?
- What happened to the racoon?
- What prank would you have played that’s was better than Travis’s?
- Which character would you double date with from the book?
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