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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  2,420 ratings  ·  109 reviews
A brief vacation trip to a beautiful oceanside mansion in Mexico is turned into a nightmare by a mysterious plot for revenge.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1986)
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Jan 08, 2008 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nostalgia hunters
Recommended to Kelly by: CP Book Club!
Shelves: cpike-book-club
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This is a reread, but it was so long ago I didn't even remember the plot. Great little mystery. I had no idea who poisoned robin, so this kept me going. Really enjoyed the story with the birds. So much symbolism and a great ending as well. I just got like 30 pike books and he used to be a favorite author next to RL Stine. I plan on reading a book or 2 a month since they are short and hopefully get to pass them on to my kids someday. They are too little to enjoy them right now.
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
Oh, what a difference 10 or 15 years makes, LOL. I still liked this book, but there were seriously ridiculous things going on that I would never in a million years believed had I not been 13-15 years old when I first read this. Still . . . Flynn Powers is super dreamy . . . *swoons*
Kasia S.
I'm thirty but I've been a huge fan of Pike since I was a teenager and as much as I love Young Adult fiction I haven't read him in a while so this was a nice treat after so many years. I still remember all the novels I read from him and I simply loved his Last Vampire series so after all that time I'm happy to read his stuff again, a bit silly and naïve here and there but solid when it comes to intrigue while still being fun and intense at the same time! Weekend is the author's second novel and ...more
I thought about reviewing this book by challenging questionable plot points and analyzing the deeper meaning of the old man's parable in the context of the creation myths of the world, dissecting the family relationships and romances as one would the great tragedies of Shakespeare. Where would you place the character of Bert on a scale of Sancho Panza and Steinbeck's Lenny? Do the rattlesnakes in this novel represent the same thing as Didion's rattlesnakes? Is Sol a Latino Holden Caulfield?

But I
This is my first novel by Christopher Pike and I have to say, I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel. I didn’t think I would like anyone else’s old mystery novels besides R.L. Stine, but Pike’s novel, Weekend, has really grabbed my attention.

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The characters are all different. There are seven recently graduated teens going down to Lena and Robin’s vacation house in Mexico. I really like Kerry, Lena, and Ber
Jill Dunlop
I chose to read Weekend for my March Re-Read Challenge. It has been damn near close to twenty years since I last read this book. I was only twelve or thirteen at the time and Christopher Pike was one of my favorite authors. I have to be honest I didn't remember much about the plot or the characters in Weekend. When I got the book, I was shocked to see how short it was. It is a little bit smaller than a category romance, ending at 230 pages. I guess when your younger books can seem a lot bigger. ...more
Sorry folks. I really should stop reading these books. But this one was available at the library. I was helpless. And I can’t promise that I won’t be going back to the library for more; apparently there’s a five-book vampire series that came out this century, so I kind of feel obligated to check it out.

But back to this one, brought to you by the year 1986. Same basic premise as Slumber Party – a bunch of friends are getting together for a weekend away, and one of them was seriously injured (pois
I have good memories of reading Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine back in middle and high school. I used to buy stacks of them from the bookstore and then absolutely zoom through them, reading a new one each day. I recently got Weekend from the trade-a-book, for old time's sake. I was really enjoying it, but the ending was just dumb. BUT it's a book written for young teenagers, so my expectations weren't too high. It was kind of cool to take a trip down memory lane. :)
Michael Baylosis
Classic Pike.

Christopher Pike novels are very rare nowadays so I was pretty hyped when I saw this on a second hand bookstore. As usual, Pike did not fail to deliver an amazing twist to this young adult mystery. The characters felt like intimate friends in the long run. The ending is definitely unexpected. It even strays from the usual endings of many mystery novels.

Perfect summer read!
Back when a Porsche cost $40,000 Pike wrote this book about guilt and accusation. A group of friends go to Mexico to stay in the Carlton Castle which their friend Robin has been living in since she drank poison at a party the year before where all that are going to Mexico were at. The poison caused her kidneys to fail and she has been living in the Carlton Castle which her father owns since she was released from the hospital. The weekend turns into a guessing game of who really poisoned her that ...more
Eight Hoover High seniors (Shani Tucker, Park Jacomini, Kerry Ladd, Angie Houston, Sol Celaya, Lena Carlton, Bert Billings, and Flynn Powers) all make plans to travel down the California coast to Mexico and spend the weekend in Lena and her sister's large family vacation home.

Residing in the mansion is Robin Carlton, once an active teenager and their close friend, but now a shut-in. She is slowly dying from permanent kidney damage that resulted from her "accidentally" ingesting a large amount o
David King
"Weekend" was one of Christopher Pike's first books to be published and there are very few supernatural aspects to it unlike some of his later books. The basic premise of the book is that there was an “accident” to a beautiful young teen who doesn’t actually die, but is now very ill. Then the very people who were with her when the accident occurred get invited to a weekend party at a luxurious mansion on the Mexican coast. Whilst there, various strange incidents occur, and a couple of people att ...more
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Maurice Galon
Pike novels were a staple of my middle school reading diet and The Weekend stands out as one of the most memorable reads. Of course, 15 years later, a lot of the plot points seem fairly ridiculous to the jaded adult. Nonetheless, it was still a pleasant enough re-read and good dose of nostalgia. The spiritual nature of the desert mystic and the twist at the end are what really makes this novel stand-out. A short, enjoyable read if you've got a day to kill and a taste for intrigue.
This was in an anthology with Slumber Party, and might as well have been the same book in a different setting. Since I read them back-to-back it was even more apparent.

I remember enjoying Christopher Pike's books but these last two were awful. I still don't even understand what was happening at the end of this one, for instance. All in all, it was pretty terrible.

I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1 because I'm not sure if I ever read this as a kid or not, so a 1 star rating from an adult isn't
Just a good little bedside reading book.

This, according to a few sources, is Mr. Pikes second major novel and it does show a little. Dialogue in particular I found to be jumbled and lacking more of the clear structure of his later works. There were a few times where I wasn't sure who, if at all, was talking or responding.

however this still makes for some good light reading if your nostalgic or like a light thriller/mystery!
I had started reading this book a little under a year ago, but when I started having to read for school projects during 4th quarter, I had to quit reading most books that I had been reading outside of school. I finally picked the book back up a few weeks ago, and finished it within a few days (It turns out that I only had a chapter or two (maybe three, i'm not sure) left). I really liked this book and I recommend it to most everyone who likes mystery novels.

-I do, however, prefer Christopher
Amanda Yeargin
i read Weekend as an IR book. this book was about a group of friends hanging out. also a chance to see robin who is very sick. this was suppose to be the weekend where they were going to have a great time. but things go wrong. people dont show, an explosion, a possible death and more. can they survive?
i have a text-to-movie connection. this was like a movie i saw. they rented a cabin with a bunch of friends but them things so wrong. people started to get sick. then people started dying. basica
Eddy N
This book was about a group of friends hanging out. also a chance to see robin who is very sick. this was suppose to be the weekend where they were going to have a great time. but things go wrong. people dont show, an explosion, a possible death and more. can they survive?
i have a text-to-movie connection. this was like a movie i saw. they rented a cabin with a bunch of friends but them things so wrong. people started to get sick. then people started dying. basically they were simiilar because
Jun 30, 2010 Megan added it
I used to love Christopher Pike, so I enjoyed being a bit nostalgic in choosing one of his titles for this genre. "Weekend" is the tale of the seniors of Hoover High School in the days before graduation. Shani and her closest friends have been invited to spend the weekend in Mexico relaxing at a friend's vacation home. What was supposed to be a fun weekend with the boys, turns into something more sinister when strange, bad things start to happen. Cue the scary music. The characters are vivid and ...more
Weekend doesn't read well after reading it back to back with Slumber Party (the To Die For omnibus repackaged Christoper Pike's first two novels together) because they have basically the same format. It definitely doesn't have the high-stakes feel of his later novels. This does introduce Pike's fondness of an extraordinary, supernatural and mysterious creature- in this case, a shaman.
Tonia Harris
I tore through his books in my pre-teen and teen years and felt nostalgic when I ran across this title. I regret nothing. Lots of fun and a few snares along the way, enough to draw you in and keep you entertained.
Oh, Pike was one of the writers I read the most when I was a kid :)
For the little I remember, Weekend wasn't my fave of his works, but I devoured it nontheless.
This book was almost the same as slumber party by the same author... no wonder they were put together into one book call To Die For... but anyway it was as awesome! The characters were unpredictable, and it kept me on the edge the whole way. :)
I unfortunatly read both Weekend and Slumber Party by Christopher Pike one right after the other. I really enjoyed the Slumber Party because I read it first;unfortunatly, Weekend seemed too similar to really enjoy the story line. Both stories contained revenge, a weekend with unsupervised teenagers, and someone who was previously hurt. It was not a smart choice to combined this two stories into one titled To Die For. It made them seem like he changed the characters names and the storyline slight ...more
Another creepy novel from Christopher Pike that kept me guessing. I had no clue! It was nice to actually be surprised once in a while. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The characters were kind of annoying. I did like Shani and I liked Flynn. Flynn was the mysterious man throughout the book. He has a big secret that we figure out eventually. I just want to point out that Shani has terrible taste in friends. Really. She does. Good book, but it could have
Good, but I would have liked a more suspenseful ending!
i first read this in 1993 - thats scary 21 years ago
Eh, it was fine. I felt the ending was a bit of a cop-out...maybe the author didn't have many pages left to finish it? Either way- it was fine, but not something I would read again. I liked "Season of Passage" ever so much more!
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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