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Slumber Party

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  2,528 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Christopher Pike's thrilling SLUMBER PARTY in a fantastic new POINT package.

It was a perfect weekend ... for murder.

Lara thought the ski trip would be a blast. The old gang was getting together for the first time in years. But then there's a very unexpected visitor....
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Scholastic Point (first published January 1st 1985)
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Andrew
Sep 15, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I will first of all say that this is outside my usual reading circle (and comfort zone) so I beg a certain amount of generosity when drawing your own conclusions.

You see it is know amongst my friends and colleagues that not only do I read a lot (they have no idea honestly) but I also support reading groups and charities who are always on the lookout for books and as a result I get a lot of donations. I was given a large stack of Christopher Pike books in one such donation. Now its a standin
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Jessica
Mar 14, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-books, rereads
This is a cut & paste from my Nest post yesterday:

I picked this book up yesterday and I can only describe it as awesomely bad.

I've reread several of my favorite old Christopher Pike books over the last year and most of them were still entertaining and suspenseful, but this one, not so much.

If you don't remember the plot, basically Lara and her other high school friends head up to a friend's cabin for a ski weekend/ slumber party combo. The cast of characters includes Dana, the buttaface wit
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Matt Garcia
Jun 23, 2015 Matt Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice nostalgic read that was a bit darker than I would've guessed going into it. Nice twist at the end and an overall engrossing young adult novel.
Ashley
Jan 08, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
So I think I've decided that thrillers set before cell phones and Internet research work well. It's a lot easier to accept that someone going missing might just be them out on a walk if they can't be reached by text message. As this book was written in 1986, it makes sense that when, say, one member of the group disappears, it's totally reasonable that she's just gone somewhere else. Or when someone seems suspicious, it makes sense to just feel things out, because you can't exactly Google them t ...more
Kelly
Jan 03, 2008 Kelly rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't, honestly.
Shelves: cpike-book-club
OK. I read this book many many years ago, back when I was devouring books like these at a rate of three or so a week. By the second page, the experience came back to me all at once, I remembered the twist ending, and most of the details. I don;t remember liking this one back then, and I certainly don;t love it now, but it's got serious nostalgia factor.

Some of the characters in this book are so thin that you keep forgetting what the hell they've been up to. Mindy? You unnecessary fringe characte
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Kelly
Oct 11, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-faves, 2010
This was a reread of my most favorite Christopher Pike book from back in the day! I routinely give 5 stars to all the books I adored from my younger years, and this one is no exception. I seem to remember that a lot of Christopher Pike books were a little too supernatural for my taste, and I was actually a bigger fan of RL Stine in middle/high school. There was nothing off-the-wall weird in Slumber Party, though, and I really loved the snowy ski-resort setting. Regardless of whether it is actual ...more
David
Apr 07, 2013 David rated it did not like it
It's been about 20 years since I've read this, but a Christopher Pike novel was more important than the air I breathed when I was a teenager. Rereading before it ends up either in the bin or a second-hand bookstore. :(

UPDATE: I've just spent the past two hours rereading this and have revised my 5-star rating to one star. Sometimes these things are better off living on solely in one's memory. Sheesh! What a god-awful book...
Clare
Jan 30, 2012 Clare rated it liked it
Finally! A young-adult horror book from the '80s in which something actually happens! True, most of the dialogue in this book was painfully stilted, the love story was beyond cheesy, and the surprise twist ending was pretty obvious from about the second chapter (although I do admit that the red herrings did give me fleeting feelings of doubt). But the denouement was super-dramatic, and made for a GREAT reenactment at book club. What more could you want?
Sophie
I was obsessed with this book's font. It was wonderfully 80s-y and round. They don't do fonts like that anymore. Now everything is crisp and angled. *Sigh*

That's about all I remember from this one, except for the useful tip that when you need to shoot off a flare gun but your hands are stiff from cold, peeing on them works. ***The more you know***
Stacey
Apr 26, 2011 Stacey rated it did not like it
Shelves: re-read, library, 2012
Reread for nostalgia purposes and it was as terrible as expected. But the thing was, it's not just badly written in the way I expected, it's also badly written as in put together by someone with no grasp of grammar, punctuation, or the English language at all. Ow. Sometimes I should leave nostalgia in the past.
Donna
SLUMBER PARTY wasn’t the typical Pike I know. It was much more standard teen horror fare without any of his deeper insinuations. It still rang different than the Fear Street books, a bit more robust than those other ones and still vaguely Pike, but this book is where the trend started and even here I think it stands out against the rest.

Now I’m not sure what anyone else was doing in fourth grade but I certainly wasn’t drinking or all that into boys at that time. This groups of girls was and it j
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Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
i read to die for, which had this and another story in it.

it was alright. Not my favourite Pike book.

I think i was expecting more. more disappearances, more deaths, and just a little more horror.

don;t get me wrong, it was still a good book.
Saya
Jun 21, 2012 Saya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bellissimo racconto in cui quattro amiche si ritrovano e decidono di andare in montagna a sciare insieme..peccato che vecchi rancori e scheletri nell'armadio porteranno le ragazze a un epilogo pericoloso..Pike come sempre scrive i migliori thriller per ragazzi!
Stephanie
Just as good the second time.


I love reading a book I read in high school over again. I especially love reading Christopher Pike and what's really cool is that it seems this book (unlike the Final Friends series) has stood the test of time.

I remembered Slumber Party as soon as I started reading it. I remembered the hot older boy skiers, the jealous friend, the melted clues, the culprit and this rather steamy, for an 11 year-old (I'll talk about it more during one of my 30 day challenges coming up
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Chris Velazquez
May 30, 2016 Chris Velazquez rated it did not like it
Having read all 62 original Goosebumps books and one Fear Street book, I could say I overall enjoy the writing of R.L. Stine. Then I heard about another YA author by the name of Christopher Pike and decided to try his books out too. Bought three of them, currently waiting for the other two, and just finished this book. Unfortunately, this first foray into Pike's books did not go as I'd like.

The main problem with this book is that we spent so much time with main character Lara and not enough with
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*Jinglemarco - Nursery rhymes enthusiast*

3.5 stars.

Senza dubbio quella di Slumber Party è una storia piacevole e veloce da leggere. Non è però un libro che può venire annoverato tra quelli che cambiano la vita o essere considerato un magistrale pezzo di arte narrativa.
Il periodare di Christopher Pike è molto affascinante, ma la vicenda è raccontata in modo sbrigativo. Non delude, comunque; è un racconto, questo, che non è da essere letto per obbligo morale, ma nemmeno si rivela una perdita di tempo.
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PurplyCookie
Six teenage girls in a luxurious winter vacation home experience a series of bizarre and violent incidents during a blizzard that makes communication and travel difficult. Old secrets weigh heavily on the group. Lara has explained to newcomer Celeste that Nell's facial scars were caused by a tragic fire during the group's last slumber party, but she is unable to talk about the death that also occurred. What it all leads back to is a fiery slumber party eight years ago when one of them was disfig ...more
Paul Kim
I have nearly all of christopher pikes in my stock and I want to reread them all. So, let's start with his very first horror novel. How does it hold?

Well, I like the mystery aspect. There's supernatural afoot to throw off the readers, which includes me that it makes you wonder if there really is supernatural and does make the plot a little interesting. Sometimes Christopher pike's writing can be descriptive enough that reading some of his proses makes it pleasant or gruesome to make me wince. Th
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SaturNalia
Six friends head up a mountain, with a snow storm pending, for a weekend of skiing. For a short book there were a lot of characters to keep track of, not only the six high school girls, but two boys and the "colonel". Lara is the main narrator. Nell is the disfigured one. Years ago, the girls had a similar sleep over weekend, Nell was burned and her sister Nicole died. This failed to capture my interest so skimmed though most of it. The characters were shallow and silly, even when they are scare ...more
Amanda Yeargin
i read Slumber Party as an IR book.this book was basically about a vacation for teenagers. Lara wanted to get the old gang back together on a ski trip. but that didn't go as planned. murder was actually going to happen, but none of them knew. All these things start happening, Lara missing, another burned. Was there a murderer among them?
i have an text-to-text connection. i can connect this to the book The Weekend. Both decided to get there group of friends together. they all thought it would a
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Tyree
This book is about a girl name Lara who recently went on a ski trip with a bunch of her high school freaky friends. As they was having a great time, one day, Lara just came up missing. No one knew what happened to her, she was missing. But many of her high school friends didn't really care, they just kept on enjoing there ski trip. So no one knew where she was so the police was called but haven't shown up for about a day later. SO by that time, Lara could be killed if she haven't even been kille ...more
Sydney
I expected nothing less from the master of horror! :D!!! I stopped reading last night at about 12:00 AM for the sake of 2 things. I got less than 5 hours of sleep the night before, and I actually wanted sleep. I loved this book. It was short, fun, scary and horror filled. I always wondered how to write horror. How? Pike makes it look easy. I liked the way you got to know the characters, and see what happened between them. The way Pike write, it makes you feel as if you are actually with Lara, Da ...more
Holly
Jan 04, 2016 Holly rated it it was ok
I started this book, like many of the people who've written reviews here, out of nostalgia. Whenever I would find a Christopher Pike novel that I hadn't read I would squeal (because I was an 11 year old little girl) with excitement and devour it in a manner of hours. I should have left my fond memories, and love of these books in the past. I wish so much that I hadn't tried to read this book again, as an adult... I just can't even... There's all these girls, and they switch around who they're ta ...more
7706serena
Nov 24, 2012 7706serena rated it really liked it
I loved this scary realistic fiction story. It's about a girl named Lara who decides to go to a ski resort with all of her friends. Strange things start to happen such as the girls' snowman mysteriously melting even though it was below -1 degrees Fahrenheit and the snowman was in the shade. Patches of snow are randomly melting like this and Lara thinks that she could catch fire at any second. She believes that one of the girls are purposely setting fire to the snow to freak Lara out. But its muc ...more
Alex
I actually read this in a newly-published anthology, so it was updated to include mentions of cell phones and things like that. As far as I can tell, nothing else really changed.

I always remember Christopher Pike's books as being amazing, but.... wow. This book was BAD. I couldn't even figure out what the heck was happening most of the time because the dialogue would go back and forth without explaining who was talking. I know I read this as a kid but I didn't remember it at all, however I eith
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Kristy
Apr 18, 2011 Kristy rated it it was ok
Not one of Pike's best books, but there is a nostalgia factor for me on this one, so I'll give it a pass. A group of girls gather together at an isolated ski cabin eight years after a slumber party game went wrong and left one of them severely burned and another dead. Things keep mysteriously catching on fire, and then Dana disappears completely. Could revenge be in the air? You would have to be pretty stupid not to figure out the heavy heavy foreshadowing in this one, and Pike can somehow make ...more
Marian
Dec 04, 2009 Marian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2009
Slumber Party was the very first Pike book I ever read. It was so good that I immediately had to hunt down his other books. In retrospect, I'm betting my mother probably regrets picking this one out for me.

Despite being more than 20 years old, the book holds up well with some stilted dialog being the only thing that bugs me. I'm still a sucker for the backstory and the way it colors Lara's perceptions of her friends and their ill fated ski trip.

Plus, I've never quite managed to get the mental i
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Russell Holbrook
Jan 07, 2016 Russell Holbrook rated it really liked it
After I read a Christopher Pike short story collection I was hooked, so, when I saw this I had to get it. I was surprised at how vicious this book was and how cruel the characters were to one another. I still can't believe this is supposed to be a kid's book. This was definitely darker and more sinister than a lot of adult horror I've read. I feel that there is something decidedly evil about Christopher Pike's work and I can't wait to read more of it.
Marlene
Nov 12, 2010 Marlene rated it it was ok
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Lisa Lee
When I was probably 11, this was my absolute favorite book. I re-read books very rarely, but this book I reread so many times my copy began to fall apart (in fact I still own that copy, tucked away in a box of childhood memorabilia). Now at the age of 11, I thought it was the greatest book in all the land...looking at the reviews of people who reread it years later, it didn't hold up to their memories so I think I'll skip giving it another reread!
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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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