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Classic Goosebumps #17: You Can't Scare Me! (Goosebumps #15)

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Get Goosebumps with the startling repackage of a best selling classic. Scared yet? Now with bonus materials! Courtney is a total show-off. She thinks she's so brave; and she's always making Eddie and his friends look like wimps. But now Eddie's decided he's had enough. He's going to scare Courtney once and for all. And he's come up with the perfect plan to do it.Eddie's go ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
LAME. So disappointing.

Eddie and his friends: Hat, Molly, and Charlene - decide to scare Courtney. Why?

She's really asking for it,...

*shivers Some of the scariest words in the English language. But I've got to shake it off and realize it's Stine and 12-year-old kids we're talking about here.

Anyway, it seems to personally annoy the kids, especially Eddie, that Courtney is so fearless and brave when he's such a scaredy-cat.

For example, when a green snake scares Eddie, Courtney comes along an
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-books
Ahhh, the Goosebump days. I would borrow so many of these from the library they seriously considered extending my limit of books checked out at one time. R.L. Stine you were a reprieve from a harsh and dreary childhood in which my mind wandered far away from the troubles of the day. I stole books into my bed and read far into the night by the faintest of lights. I might have better eyesight were it not for you; however, I regret not one page or line.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Αρκετά χλιαρό για τα δικά μου γούστα, παραπάνω προβλέψιμο απ' όσο θα το ήθελα, όχι ως προς το φινάλε του, αλλά ως προς την εξελικτική του πορεία. Καλό μεν το ψυχογράφημα των μικρών ηρώων που παίρνει ο καθένας το μαθήματά του, αλλά θα μπορούσα να έχει περισσότερο βάθος.
Some of these kids are assholes. It makes me wonder what they're doing with their lives now as adults...
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing new, this book was almost similar to the previous one. There's no paranormal activity and no monsters until the last 2℅ of the book. What'd the use of reading goosebumps then? The book title "You can't scare me" is really true in my case. This book didn't scar me one but but it was more like a view to the life of a twelve year old boot who is normal and gets scared usually when things go wrong and how he wants to scare his classmate Courtney aka Miss Perfect. Eddie has four friends each ...more
Kate Grimm
Talk about a muddy ending! Absolutely nothing happened in this book. The only good thing about it is I now get to read One Day at Horrorland
Sarah Marie
You Can't Scare Me! by R.L. Stine

2 stars

You Can't Scare Me! is the fifteenth book in the Goosebumps series. You Can't Scare Me! is a lesser known and loved Goosebumps book as well as TV episode. I can't remember ever seeing the TV episode so I'm not sure if I enjoyed it. You Can't Scare Me! is a book all about scaring people, but lacks actual scariness.

My problem with You Can't Scare Me! lies with both the plot and the characters. Mainly the characters since the plot relies on them, I blame the

Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who wants good scare
Recommended to Christy by: Goosebumps
It all started during a field trip at school to the Greene Forest. Eddie, fell into a snake, a green one, and the class goody-goody, Courtney made fun of him because he got scared. The snake was ready to strike, I would have freaked too.

Courtney picked it up and was holding it. She teased Eddie, and it happened again with some bees. She three them at Eddie and his friend, Hat. Hat and Eddie freaked out, which is normal if bees come at you. Courtney made fun of them and besides Molly and Charlene
David Santos
I used to think that RL should have made these books more realistic and not to scifish, but after reading this one, he should stick with science fiction! Reading the cover and the first few pages, I could already predict the end. I can sum up the book in one sentence: A Group of friends try to scare a girl. That's it. Book over, go to bed. It's nice to see their multiple attempts and I did like the fact that there were several characters. This book I'd put in the "Goosebumps Starters Kit" list, ...more
Ed Petersen
Aug 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one is a bore. It's all just kid mischief and trying to get back at a popular, confident girl who keeps embarrassing the narrator. The kid gets into trouble without getting any kind of results. Even the usual Stine twist at the end is predictable, and doesn't really scare you. The only redeeming feature is that my name is, of course, Ed, and there was a popular girl in my classes back then named Courtney. But even that can't save this from total drudgery.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an appropriate title. The cover illustration is, perhaps, the most exciting part of this book.
Darcy McLaughlin
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Some background—I have fond memories of the Goosebump books, and some memories of the original TV show. I decided to reread these old classics and see if they still held up for a modern-day adult horror enthusiast. Since I don’t expect any kids who might be reading these books for the first time to find this, all reviews will contain spoilers.

I remember being VERY scared of this one—but honestly I think the thing that scared me most was the cover. I also saw the TV episode, but it wasn’t nearly
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R.L Stine sets the stage for kids and adults to go through a faze of scary things that happen in the book.
I rated this book 4 stars because it is just a really good book for me and other people who likes to read scary stuff and watch scary things as well.

My favorite character in the book is Courtney because she likes to show-off and she thinks that she is better then everybody and braver then everybody.

Another character that I like is Eddie because since Courtney likes to be a show-off and thin
Aurora Dimitre
|3.5 Stars|

This was a fun one, but it's not one that I have an extreme nostalgic connection to, because I'm not 100% sure I read this one as a kid. I probably did, but it didn't make much of an impact on me. It is a fun one, though; it's early Goosebumps, which means it's probably about a million times better than later Goosebumps, and also, to steal something from Blogger Beware, BEE THROWING BEE THROWING BEE THROWING
Kei Smith
Jul 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, middle-grade
I really have to wonder if R.L. Stine realized he was writing from the perspective of a bully.

Eddie and his friends hate Courtney because she's always showing off and making their lives miserable. How does she do this? She does her school work. She isn't afraid of a green snake, or bumble bees, or spiders for that matter. She likes dogs. She shares her lunch. She saves a cat from a tree. And we're supposed to think she's a horrible person?

Let's take a look at some of the things Eddie and his fri
Fabian Duran
I only read this book because I just wanted to read a short relaxing book, but this is actually not one of R.L. Stine's best books. I didn't really like the characters because they didn't seem likeable and also there were very few paranormal parts in this book. This wasn't the best book , but it wasn't horrible
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I always get excited about my monthly Goosebumps Club book. Although I always enjoy reading them, this one was disappointing. It was boring, predictable and I didn't care about the characters. Still a cozy read but not great.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this was The worst goosebumps book. The book is filled with jokes. Also The character kids trying to scare is really ANNOYİNG! Anyway I enjoy goosebumps books but This is not like The others. I felt like I read This book till The end to find out The monsters on The cover.
Bob Hinksman
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was deadly scary. It is about a gang who try and scare a girl called Courtney who is spoilt and thinks she's brave. I
Superman 2015
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great book.
This book was awesome.
Daniel Altenburg
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Trevor Wells
In comparison to the other Goosebumps I've currently read, You Can't Scare Me! was very underwhelming. Having seen the Goosebumps TV episode based off this book, I was expecting something more. But unfortunately, most of the story was just a group of kids trying to scare a bragging classmate. Pretty disappointing.

Plot Synopsis: Eddie hates Courtney. She's just so perfect and so brave. Nothing seems to scare her at all, and it drives Eddie crazy. So he decides to pull the perfect prank to scare C
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"You Can't Scare Me" is a strange book for a Goosebumps book. First off, it doesn't tell the reader at all what the book is about. Second, you can't scare me doesn't exactly bode well for when the purpose of the books is toe scare kids. The cover art does a little bit to offset the two issues, with pretty scray looking monsters crawling out of the mud.

However, the book lives up to its name. It isn't scary. It is the least scray book so far. The plot is that there is this perfect girl who all the
YOU CAN’T SCARE ME is probably my least favorite Goosebumps book that I’ve read so far. There just wasn’t enough run-up to the horror portion of the book.

Most of the time is spent focusing on how much of a know-it-all show-off Courtney is and how whiny and afraid of everything Eddie is. Granted, while I appreciate that kind of scene-setting there wasn’t a whole lot of it around the concept of these mud monsters. The woods that they supposedly inhabit aren’t even mentioned until maybe two-thirds
Nina Ivanova
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, horror
This story was published with another two Goosebumps stories - here's my full review of whole - Click, click


"Не можеш ме уплаши" е слаба история. Може да съм гледала епизода, а може и да не съм - но във всеки случай той не е оставил никакъв отпечатък върху мен. 80% от историята се състои в несполучливите и не особено оригинални опити на група деца да сплашат нахаканата си съученичка. Чак към края започва да навлиза свръхестествения елемент. Легендата за Калните чудовища е всъщност и
Tiffany Spencer
PLOT Friends Eddie, Hat, Charlene, and Hat just can't seem to scare the fearless Courtney. Snakes won't do it (real and rubber), Bee's won't do it. Tarantula's won't do it. Big snarling fluffy dogs covered in mud and whip crème won't don't do it. But there *is* one thing that might get her attention. You see Courtney is a believer of monsters and it just so happens there's a story going around about a famous Monster that lurks underneath the bridge known as "The Mud M
So, my decision to read all of the Goosebumps books has brought me into contact with a great many sub-par entries within the series itself. This was one of them. While it wasn't as terrible as, say Piano Lessons Can Be Murder or Why I'm Afraid of Bees this one is still not terribly stellar. A bit surprising seeing how it is such an early Goosebump book.

Anyway, the plot.

Like most Goosebump books this one features an utterly despicable kid. In this case, it's the protagonist. Upset at how he's u
Maggie Gordon
Eddie is absolutely obsessed with the challenge of trying to scare and humiliate Courtney King. She’s just so perfect and brave, and everything she does makes Eddie look terrible. However, no matter what he does, Courtney manages to come out of his schemes looking better and better. When he finds out that she believes in monsters, Eddie decides to enlist his movie-making brother and friends in a plot that would introduce Courtney to mud monsters in the local forest (by using great make-up and sp ...more
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Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

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