The Babysitter by R.L. Stine

It has been a while since I have picked up an R.L. Stine, almost six years now but I figured going back to read a quick book wouldn’t be bad.  I remembered as a teenager flying through those goosebumps and his other novels enjoying every page.  Now six years later I am finding the same fact to be true.  “The Babysitter” was a quick fantastic book to read.

The plot of the story is a young girl, 16, gets a babysitting job for thursdays and saturdays.  She would babysit their little boy for a few hours.  Jenny thought it was okay but as she stayed in that house she started to hear more and more noises, part were from the little boy Donny but the others were unknown.

In the news there were a few attacks on babysitter which didn’t sit well with Jenny but she let it go until the calls started to come.  Every night Jenny babysat a noise, a call or someone in a car was there waiting.  Jenny didn’t know who it could be.  Could it be the strange neighbor Willis, who wasn’t really a neighbor.  Or could it be her new friend Chuck who admits calling her and came over to scare her but not in the way she thought.  So who is threatening to come and get Jenny?

When first picking up the book I had thought it would be just like the story of the babysitter in the urban legends.  The person terroizing the babysitter was in the house.  It is the legend that all have heard over the years and has been made in to movies and other books.  But this one was a little different, there was more of a twist.

The twist in the story made it more believable.  I liked how Jenny was getting harassed more than just one night of babysitting.  But my thought was she should have told the parents sooner.  It was interesting that there were attacks on babysitters as well.  You would think that as babysitters attack you would not want to become a babysitter.

Finishing the book I reflected that this was actually quite interesting to read.  It was a fast pace thriller with suspenseful twist and turns.  A book that would grab your attention and not take to long to read.

2 thoughts on “The Babysitter by R.L. Stine

  1. Will says:

    Goosebumps! Those were good books. I think I remember one about a superhero that came out of a comic book and did some terrorizing, something along those lines. I wonder if kids still read these books or is there some other big short-kid-friendly scary book series out.

    • Kids most definitely still read the Goosebumps books. I saw this in my clinicals when I was teaching in the classroom. But the biggest draw for kids right now are Harry Potter, Twilight, Warriors and Alex something (he is a teenage super spy). Those are just a few I saw them read. There are many more.

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