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I Know What You Did Last Summer

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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  7,425 ratings  ·  573 reviews
biSome secrets just won't stay buried./i/bpThey didn't mean it. They didn't mean to hit the boy. There was a party, and it was an accident...that wasn't who they were. They were pre-law, a football player, bound for New York. No one could know, so Barry, Julie, Helen, and Ray swore one another to secrecy. But now, a year later, someone knows. Julie receives a haunting, ano ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published March 4th 1975 by NY: Archway, 1975 (first published 1973)
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J.
Okay guys, I read this book when I was in fourth grade (when the movie came out) so my recollection will be a little bit foggy. Just go with me on this, okay? (view spoiler)

So the plot of this story centers on Julie James (view spoiler)
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ChunderHog
!!WARNING THIS WARNING CONTAINS A SPOILER THAT THIS BOOK WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE.!!

Hopefully you didn't just read that. For those of you who were smart enough to skip that spoiler you can now read in confidence knowing that you will not be told that the book was made into a movie. You will live in happy naivety thinking that the book is a self-contained form of media in which this narrative lives. Unfortunately, you will be wrong.

Since I have neither read the book, nor seen the movie. I can safely
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Karschtl
Four kids drive home after a high-school-party, everyone - including the driver - a bit intoxicated and tipsy. Then happens what always happens in such situations: an accident on a dark road. They knocked over a young boy, riding with his bicycle. For fear of the police they don't administer first aid but instead do a hit-and-run.

One year later - they've almost forgotten the incident - they're reminded of it via mysterious letters. Someone outside of their circle seems to know their dark secret.
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DVonte
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Mark
Feb 05, 2008 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle School Students
Shelves: power-player
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Marcus Simon
This book is about some teenagers that went camping but the bad thing that happened when they were coming back home for their trip, there was a little boy on a bike who drove on the road. And the kids were drunk when they were driving so they didnt see him. So the teenagers hit the little boy on the bike, and they did kill that little boy. They made a pact to never tell anyone about it or ever bring it up again. It was working to, until this one little note that changed their lives forever.On th ...more
Tanner Haws
I Know What You Did Last Summer is set in a small seaside village. The four main characters, Julie, Barry, Helen , and Ray, are teenage friends who get into trouble on the fourth of July after their senior year. The group is driving down a winding road when they hit and kill a man who is standing in the road. The teenagers decide that the best way to avoid getting into trouble for the incident is to dump the body in the nearby ocean. Just as the group drops the body into the water the eyes snap ...more
Abbie
Actual rating - 2.5

I didn't enjoy this one that much, which wasn't a surprise since I didn't like the other ones I've read from this author. It certaintly weren't the worse one, but most of the story was pretty dull, and I was glad when it was over.

Emma Lowers
Ray Brunson, Julie James, Barry Cox, and Helen Shivers were fun, popular, outgoing high-school students returning from a rowdy party one dark summer night when something happened that would change their lives forever. With the effects of drugs and alcohol upon all of them, Barry took no notice of the outline of a bicycle straight ahead. Wham! The little boy, later identified as Daniel Greggs, was instantly killed. The cowardly, young kids decided not to report the hit-and-run and to never bring ...more
Ally
Great horror book for anyone who loves mysteries and horror combined!
Liz Sealey
In I know what you did last summer, the four main characters, Ray, Barry, Helen, Julie find themselves in a rather horrifying accident. The four college kids are driving late at night and they accidentally hit a young boy, who was crossing the street at that time. A year later, unexplainable murders begin to take place, this eventually takes a huge toll on them physiologically and one by one they become partly insane.

I think Lois Duncan did a good job of setting up a suspenseful storyline espec
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Wayne Simmons
Readers expecting a novelisation of the infamous 90s slasher of the same name may look elsewhere: this is a YA book. And an old-school YA at that. The premise is the same: 4 teens involved in a hit and run begin to receive ominous messages a year later, and the character names may be the same, but that's where the similarity ends. A fish hook slasher this book ain't.

The original book was written in 1973 and my main criticism is that the author tried a half-arsed attempt at updating the story fo
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Mike
Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer was a nonstop thrill ride. From the first chapter to the last, I was captivated by the chilling story involving a group of teens who accidentally killed a boy.

This book was about four teens that were partying one night and hit a young boy. They were drinking and decided to keep the whole incident a secret, until they begin to get threatening messages form an anonymous person. They went their separate ways after the accident, but now they must unite t
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Elizabeth
So this is an example in which the movie is better than the book. Like WAY better. I added this to my book club list because I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of my favorite horror movies. I just love the cast, and the story, and it's just SO good and a forever favorite. I thought that the book would be just as good, but in my opinion, it SO wasn't.

Maybe it's the fact that it was written so long ago. I do think that things that were really scary back in the day probably aren't as scary now.
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star_fire13
I knew this book had been originally written in 1973, so when I saw references to cell phones and GPS, I realised I was reading an updated version of the book. At first it was distracting, cuz even though these minor changes bore no importance to the story, I kept thinking to myself, "this didn't exist when the book was originally written!!" I soon got into the story and forgot all that though.

This was really good! I really enjoyed the twist as to who the stalker was and how he was tied into al
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
As with many of you, I watched the movie 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' many years ago and didn't realise it was actually based on a novel. I say based loosely as the film doesn't really have much to do with the book - whereas the film is much more in the 'horror' genre, the book is just a light thriller.

It was originally written in 1973 but I read the newly revised edition published by Atom. I'm not fond of revised books. I much prefer to read the original version, I don't like the idea of a
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Ada Gao
I Know What You Did Last Summer is about four high school friends name Julie, Helen, Ray, and Barry. This novel took place at the after a terrifying summer. These four friends hold a huge terrifying secret that only those four will know. Unless... someone tells. One day when Julie went to her mailbox, she was really excited to see a mail from the college she is applying to that she totally ignored the small mail that will change their life. In that small mail states 7 words that said "I know wh ...more
Amy Y.
"I Know What You Did Last Summer" is about these 4 teenagers named Barry, Julie, Ray and Helen had all coped with one little secret they had tragically kept for their whole summer. As things began to clear up, Julie recieves a threatning message... Immediately, Julie knew that someone has figured out her secret, a deadly secret. Julie and her friends undergo obstacles to find the messenger and put a end to their nightmares. They need to outsmart the killer before all of them dies before they eve ...more
Nora
It's been a while since I read this book, but here goes nothing. It kept my attention, that's for sure. The mystery starts right from the beginning as soon as our four main characters commit their drunken hit-and-run. As much as I would like to think that something like this would be unlikely, I know this isn't true. Unfortunately, there are plenty of people out there who would do something like this and keep it to themselves to save their own skins; especially teenagers. I know this is going to ...more
Marina (rinareviewsbks)
Plot:
A group of teenagers returning home from a party late at night accidently run over a boy riding a bicycle. In panic they try to decide what to do, which results in a pact of never mentioning the incident to anyone. A year later a note arrives at the house of one of the teens that was in the car saying " I know what you did last summer". The group of teens get back togather to figure out if the note may mean the murder of some sick prank someone is playing on them. When things turn from bad
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Jasmine C.
Even when you think no one knows a secret, someone will find out. Four kids, who smoke and drink decide to go for a drive. While they drive, something terrible happens. What did they do? The four of them, cheerleader Julie, tutor Ray, football star Barry, and TV news reporter Helen make a pact to never talk about the incident again. They never talked about it, following the pact for a year, until someone is threatening to take their lives away. The secret is no longer a secret, and the horror is ...more
Kandee
- I Know What You Did Last Summer is a great descpitive novel about four friends, illegally smoking pot and driving drunk, who accidentally hit a young kid and make a pact that no one would tell about what happened that fatefull summer.

One day, Julie, one of the friends recieves a letter with the words, "I know what you did last summer" whritten on it. She ignores it at first, but then bad things start happening to the friends over that one deed that happened that summer.

Three Words; I Love It
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Audrey Maran
I grabbed this at a used bookstore on a whim because I had no clue the movie was based on a book. In my experience, horror stories do not transfer well to film sometimes, so I thought I would see if the book is any good. It is actually worse than the movie. Didn't think that was possible? Then be prepared to have your mind blown, because it is. Least likable characters of all time. Sometimes, an author does that purposely, and I love that. In this case, I don't think it was deliberate. On top of ...more
Emily
Wow. I remember loving this book as a 7th grader. Oh, how my tastes have changed. It was so bad. Nothing happens: boring, boring, boring! The only interesting part is what everyone already knows about the story.
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
What is the book about?
Barry, Julie, Ray, and Helen are all driving around having fun as normal teenagers when the unthinkable happens to them. They make a pact to never tell anyone what they did and what they saw. A year has passed and now Julie is receiving odd messages. Messages that clearly shows someone knows their secret. The group of friends teams up to try and find out who knows what really happened.

What did I think of the book?
It's summer and I wanted to read a quick book that I had
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Adrienne
I really loved this book. It kinda has the same story line as the movie Scream. I like that it gets into the story really fast and doesn't drag out unnecessary stuff in the beginning and it doesn't drag out the ending either. It's kind of like the whole story is the climax. The language was a little weird though, because this book was originally written a long time ago and the author recently rewrote it and tried to make it more modern. It has some parts that seem like they didn't go with the re ...more
Jarrod Scarbrough
I thought I had read this as a teen, but am now thinking I never did. I had seen the movie when it came out, and really loved it. I remember reading interviews with Duncan where she talked about how she really disliked the movie and what they did to her story. Turns out, the story is pretty much the same, but the movie added a higher body count and gore. I love Duncan's writing, she has a great knack for creating a creepy atmosphere, great stories, and the ability to scare us without gore, which ...more
Victoria
I Know What You Did Last Summer centers around a group of four teenagers bound to their past - notwithstanding an attempt made to seal it away through the ordination of a hastily formed pact - by a night of carelessness gone horribly awry. But after only a year of fallacious peace comes the realization that they’re not the only ones that know what they’ve done, emblematic tokens besides their own unwanted memories slowly beginning to haunt their every waking moment despite the four’s desperate ...more
Helen Lin
Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
Author: Lois Duncan
Age Group: 12 - 16 years old
Genre: Horror and Fiction

"I know What You Did Last Summer" by Lois Duncan is a book about four teenagers named Barry, Julie, Ray and Helen. One night they went to a party and all of them was drunk. While Barry was driving home a boy suddenly appear on the road riding a bicycle. Without time to take action, Barry who was driving hit the boy. Also in the car were Helen, Julie and Ray. After hitting the boy, they
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Fizzgig76
Julie James is trying to plan her future while forgetting her past. She’s just been accepted into Smith but with her acceptance comes an anonymous note…I Know What You Did Last Summer! Julie and her friends Barry, Helen, and Ray did a bad thing on a dark night on a winding road and the event is still haunting them. Now, someone knows it as them and is intent on making them pay. Who is coming for them and how does he or she know what horrible thing they did to a young boy riding a bike?

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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but gr ...more
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