Jun 08, 12
Read in January, 2010
The Midnight Club was definitely not what I was expecting it to be. Based on the cheesey 90s looking cover and the synopsis on the back, I thought this was a young adult horror à la R.L. Stine (there's even an ad in the back for the 1996 Fear Street Calendar!). What it turned out to be was a lovingly written story about five teens facing their last days in a hospice. At midnight every night, the five friends meet and tell stories, giving each other moral support right up to the end.
The characters can be melodramatic at times, but the main issue at hand, death, is handled realistically by Pike. While I've known people who have spent their last days in hospice care, I have never really thought about what that experience is like. This book has shifted my perspective on something I would normally have chosen to ignore. Though it was far from what I thought it would be, I'm really glad I picked up this book.