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Retro Reading: Halloween Party by Wendy Corsi Staub

Updated on November 14, 2014
It's Sam's birthday and you're invited
It's Sam's birthday and you're invited

If you're like me and love to read I'm sure you enjoy actually holding a book rather than electronically reading one. A couple of years ago, I went to a mega book sale for charity and found Halloween Party by Wendy Corsi Staub.

Although not one of those stay up all night thrillers, I didn't know that this was geared more to the young teen market. Regardless, it still made for a good nights reading.

Samantha (Sam) Genetti is getting ready for her 17th birthday which happens to fall on Halloween. It's the week before her birthday and she starts to receive hang up phone calls and threatening notes while at school. She's also trying to figure out who may be stalking her.

Her boyfriend, Wyatt Moran, is on the football team and it causes some problems between her and her father, Leo. Wyatt wants to spend more time with her but her father's overly protective and she wants more independence.

As a young girl her mother abandoned the two and she's also formed a lifelong bond with best friend Gus, whom she met the first day of kindergarten. He too is motherless since his mother died during childbirth. Sam has a soft spot for him and while he's not popular she has since she's dating Wyatt.

During the week, the threats become more disturbing she thinks its Wyatt's ex girlfriend, Pippa who's behind the threats. Pippa is obviously the leader of the school and just as fake as a sprayed on suntan.

One of Pippa's friends, Brittany, decides to throw a Halloween party at her parents' cottage and also decides to turn it into a birthday party for Sam. The odds are against Sam since she has a curfew and she wants to stay out all night.

I have to say that for a book marketed toward a teen audience it is well written. There's a subplot going on and having reviewed a lot of mysteries over the last few years I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong.

Even though it's not a very long book I still found myself shocked at the ending since there was a really good plot twist.

One thing I was disappointed in was the Halloween party. There really wasn't a big buildup to it. Most of the action takes place leading up to the party and then I felt let down.


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