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There's Someone Inside Your House

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  32,868 ratings  ·  5,925 reviews
Love hurts...

Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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♡S♡ 12+ - I'm 13, have just finished it, and loved it. The thriller part of it was creepy at times, but the gore didn't go into too much detail: It just d…more12+ - I'm 13, have just finished it, and loved it. The thriller part of it was creepy at times, but the gore didn't go into too much detail: It just described their injuries after the murder had taken place, and nothing that was too sinister for a non-squeamish twelve year old who isn't bothered by creepy suspense.(less)

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Emily May
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, young-adult, horror, arc
What happens when an author of cute, fluffy romances writes a gory slasher novel? I'll tell you: You get possibly the most romance-heavy, make out-focused slasher novel you will ever read.

Pretty much everything went wrong with this book. If you want to read a story where most of the minor (i.e. we don't give a damn about them) characters die gory deaths in between repetitive make out/sex sessions, this is for you. I think it is supposed to be scary, but it isn't scary at all. Bloody does not equ
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I know a good bit of people didn't like this book but I freaking loved it and that's all that matters =D

I loved Makani and Ollie! I thought they were awesome together. And well, they got me a little hot and bothered at times. It was fanfreakingtastic!

So this is a teen slasher type book. I'm not sure where anyone ever got off calling it a horror book. It's a mystery, suspense, young adult book. But, I digress.

We have some nutter going around killing classmates. And I thought I might know who t
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Stephanie Perkins definitely excels at writing fast reads, and this was no exception. Now full disclosure, I'm an absolute chicken therefore, I hate anything scary and thus have 0 knowledge of slasher films or horror films in general. This book was basically the amount of gore and horror I can handle, sometimes it pushed me to my limits but for the most part it was fine. Based on my limited knowledge of these kinds of stories, I know the general outline, and this felt quite generic to me. The wh ...more
destiny ♡ howling libraries
I had a looooot of feelings about this book - actually, about how people have reacted to this book. So, I'm going to get a rant out of the way. Feel free to skip this paragraph if you don't like rants. People told me it was going to be absolutely horrible, that no self-respecting horror fan would enjoy it, that it didn't fit the horror genre, so on... alright. Lemme tell y'all something. I've been obsessed with horror movies AND books since I was five years old, roughly? I had a blast readin ...more
Emma Giordano
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Obvious CW for gore & death, but also be aware that there are descriptions of severe hazing that may make some readers uncomfortable.

As a previous fan of Stephanie Perkins, I knew horror would be out of her element, so I was interested to see what she could do with the genre. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed but I also wasn’t totally won over. It was interesting without a doubt, but I’m not sure it exceeded my expectations. It kind of felt like a cheesy high school slasher film but in novel
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

Another backlist title down and I had so much fun reading it!
Man, I have too many reviews to write.

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!

Update: And it never happened. I never wrote a review and now I have Stephanie Perkins' latest YA Horror novel, The Woods Are Always Watching on my shelves!

Perhaps, I should binge them both and actually then write a review for this...


I thought I knew better. I saw the unbelievably low average rating on this book and thought, Nah. It’ll be fine. I liked literally one single book that Stephanie Perkins wrote so I should have faith in her, even though I’ve one starred two others. Even though that 33% success rate was with contemporaries, a genre I actually like, and this book is horror, supposedly, which I am very, very picky with.

I picked up this book anyway.

And I expected to like it.

I did not
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
the only thing scary about this book is how terrifyingly bad it is. yikes. what a train wreck.

disclaimer - im not one for scary things. movies, books, you name it. so when this is commonly compared to a slasher flick, i really have no way to determine if thats accurate. maybe it is and this is right on brand with that. i wouldnt know. but that still wouldnt make this a good story, by any means.

i have many problems with this, but the main ones surround the killer. 1) the killer is revealed halfw
Aug 21, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed. ...more
Zemira Warner
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book could be divided into two different novels. On one hand you have a diverse love story with a splash of haunting past and on the other you have someone going around and killing students in a small town during Halloween. They work fine when they are two separate entities. Together, they create a mess.

I still love Stephanie Perkins. I just don't think her mind is messed up enough to create a good slasher.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you really truly are reading this because you love horror and live for slasher flicks, do yourself a favor and go read something else. In fact, I’m more than happy to send you a few recommendations. This, unfortunately, shouldn’t pass for horror. It’s a sad excuse for horror with absolutely zero tension, suspense, thrills, or afraid to look under the bed scares. Maybe it’s my fault being my first Stephanie Perkins novel. I know she’s famous for her YA romance novels, which just isn’t my genre ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
Actual Rating: 2 1/2 Stars. Somewhat entertaining, a few great ideas that go underdeveloped, not much dramatic tension. Or like, any. It's, uh, basically a contemporary where people die and every fifteen percent it gets really messed up.


♔ Perkins has stepped up her game on avoiding tropes, surprisingly? Makani is definitely not the stereotypical virginal blonde protagonist - she's biracial, for one, she sort of hates herself and isn't afraid to take action, and she's also
Evgnossia O'Hara
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, young-adult

I can’t tell that I didn’t enjoy this one. I liked it but I didn’t love it.

Although, at the beginning it felt like it would be one of those boring thrillers with a predictable plot, I was taken by surprise. The suspense and the mystery made my heart beat uncontrollably in certain points of the novel. It was an easy and fast-paced read, best-suited to those who want some adrenaline in their veins.

Great role in the plot played the friendship between Makani, Darby and Alex. They are those fr
Cass -  Words on Paper
Aug 11, 2012 marked it as top-wishlist
As long as it's got your name on it, Stephanie Perkins, I'll read it. Even if it gives me nightmares. ...more
Trina (Between Chapters)
Content warning: Several scenes of descriptive gore. Mention of suicide.

Representation: The main character is African American and Native Hawaiian. There is an African American side character (her grandmother) and a trans male side character.

Issues: The trans side character is deadnamed* twice in the finished copy I read (pgs 11 & 83), despite this having been brought to Perkins's attention as offensive by early readers of the ARCs. She did apologize in June of 2017 and said she had corrected it
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
UPDATE JUNE 10, 2017 .

Now that was some wicked, delightful, bloody fun.

I enjoyed this book so much.
Probably more than I intended to. And it's extremely short. The book barely clocks in 300 pages. However, it is an arc so there's that but I actually, genuinely, enjoy this format a lot better.

The main character is Hawaiian and there's some great LGBTQ representation in the book as well. I could relate very well with the main character, whose name is, Mariko Young. Going to a midwestern s
Ben Alderson
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
So missleading.. Literally not at all what I expected.
I have way to many questions still and feel really confused.
I LOVED the romance and the dialogue was fun but apart from that it was odd.
Sentences just seemed like they had been placed awkwardly and the flash back scene was odd. I just feel like a lot of this didn't need to be in it.

I am so sad that i didnt like this
Apr 09, 2017 rated it did not like it

this did let me down

i was expecting a slasher type horror book but instead i got a not very likeable and honestly kind of gross romance.

half of the book was pretty much the two main characters doing the nasty while there was this serial killer in town WHICH when it was revealed their identity, the only thing i could think of was "what the f" because it was a super random character, and their reason for killing was honestly stupid.

i was also pretty bored most o
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Words cannot even express the amount of joy it brings me when I am the first of my friends to read something. Well, when it’s something I liked - being the one to burst the bubble when a highly anticipated release turns out to be a turd kinda sucks. Anywho, when I saw this blurb . . . .

“Scream meets YA”

I had much excite! But then I saw the next part . . . .

“ in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of
4.75* I'd heard mixed things before going into There's Someone Inside Your House, so I was a little apprehensive before reading. I've adored everything I've previously read from Stephanie Perkins' and didn't want to be disappointed. Thankfully, I'm very happy to say this book was no different, I wasn't disappointed at all. In fact, I absolutely loved it. There's just something about Stephanie Perkins' writing that never fails to pull me in from the get go. It's simple yet lovely, to the point an ...more
Have you ever wondered what would happen if YA contemporary romance writer turned to the dark side? Apparently, this is it, and I’m slightly disappointed.

This book is a high school murder mystery, kind of like Scream but not as good. Sorry, to admit it so early on, but the mystery in this book never really pulled me. Part of this may have been due to the fact that most of the victims are people we hardly know.

If you want the audience to be afraid for the characters, you are gonna have to go a l
Aug 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
1.5 stars

What a disappointment.

Warning: mild spoilers.

After this one I’m done with Stephanie Perkins. At this point I don’t know why I liked Anna and the French Kiss two years ago, maybe if I reread it now I’d hate it as much as the other ones. I really wonder what I liked about it back then.
Her characters and the relationships feel unreal to me, that’s why I can’t enter the story completely. They feel flat and one-dimensional just like paper. They live? It’s okay to me. They die? That’s okay to
♛ may
I was terrified to read this book bc it seems the general majority of readers had HATED it and I was like nooooooooooooooooo not Stephanie perkins, I don’t wanna have to cancel 2017 just yet

And TURNS OUT, it wasn’t THAT bad


Yes kids you heard me. Keep those expectations as low as they are with your math scores okay, trust me on this

Also know that the thriller aspect of the book is HEAVILY garnished with contemporary lit. like LOTS of it.

If yo
Tricia Levenseller
Oct 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This is fabulous. The perfect horror/romance combo. I need more books like this. Thank goodness THE WOODS ARE ALWAYS WATCHING is already out.
Ardent Reader
1.5 stars

I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about a girl who has escaped her past and her parents have sent her to live with her grand-mother. After she begins her high school, some of the students were murdered one by one and she doesn’t know who is next in the list. Makani (main character) and her friends try to identify some of the similarities between the victims to know who will be the next target. There is also a romance stor
Krystin | TheF**kingTwist
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"People live through such pain only once; pain comes again, but it finds a tougher surface."

This is presented as a horror/thriller. It’s supposed to be, as per the promotion, “Scream meets YA.” The title, the cover – it’s all saying READ ME!

You compare something to Scream and I say GIMME.

I love Scream. I love all 90s teen slashers. I grew up on that shit. It’s an important part of my developmental stages from child to teen to adult… which probably explains a lot.

But th
jv poore
This was very much like reading a slasher movie, in an entertaining & chilling kind of way.
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
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4.5 stars

I had been hearing Stephanie talk about her upcoming YA horror for a while and I was so excited for it. So when I saw it on EW, I downloaded it immediately and got to reading.

I loved this cast of characters. They're smart and strong and loyal to each other. Makari and Ollie are adorable and there's definitely the standard spark and banter that we expect from Stephanie's words. There's also some great diversity represented as well as a thread of inner monologue from Makari about asking a
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
A YA horror novel? By the author of Anna and the French Kiss you say? Interesting ...

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Hi, there! I'm Stephanie Perkins, and I wrote Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called My True Love Gave to Me and its companion anthology, Summer Days and Summer Nights. My first horror novel, There's Someone Inside Your House, was recently adapted into a film for ...more

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