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Are You in the House Alone?

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Teenager Gail Osburne's life shades into nightmare as she receives threatening notes and phone calls, and then comes face to face with her stalker.
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1967)
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Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book, not because it was an especially easy or fun read but because books like this one discussing tough topics need to be written. So thank you, Richard Peck, for writing this book. This whole review is going to be a big spoiler because to talk about why it's awesome I kind of have to give away the big surprise. So, be forewarned.

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Lisa Schensted
in a sentence: it all starts when gail gets a very graphic and sexually violent note in her locker at school...and then the phone calls start, but only when she's all alone.

i must confess, this has been on my to-read list for awhile, but after a recent conversation with my friend elizabeth about goosebumps and fear street, i decided that now was the time to read it. i was hoping for something that would be so absorbingly scary that i could jump up in my seat as i was reading! high expectations,
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-library, 2017
Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack thereof) from bestselling author Richard Peck
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*some spoilers* This book was an easy, fast read. It, though short, accomplished a lot in a few short pages. I am what I like to call, an empathic reader. I love books were I feel as if I am in the character's shoes. I like to be the character. So upon reading this, I was impressed with how much I could empathize. Gail the main character is an HS student from the mighty NYC. She's lived in the small connecticut town for inly a few years. She was a normal teen with a normal life. She has a boyfri ...more
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Suzana Thompson
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life
I remember reading this after the Blossom Culp books and being surprised by how different the tone was. It was so blunt and real. I'm thinking now that the author must have heard of something like this happening or even known the person. I know of this exact thing happening in the small town my mom grew up in. The guy was rich, and money allowed him to get away with it, even though he actually cut the girl with a knife during the struggle.

This book is an unflinching look at an ugly truth about
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Took this book out of the library thinking it was a horror / suspense
novel, but then realized it was more. Rated as a “young adult” book I felt
the subject was violent, but could open discussion on a difficult topic.

Taking place in the mid 70’s in a small quiet CT town, 16 year old Gail is
threatened with sexually explicit notes in her school locker and mysterious
hang ups when she answers the phone (she is always along in the house or
babysitting when they happen). Despite trying to discuss the sit
Kelly Daubek
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many reasons I enjoy this book. First, it deals with a real-world threat that many people confront on a daily basis. Second, it gives voice to the age-old belief that women “ask for it” when they are raped. Third, it shows the process of what happens after a girl has been raped (during the hospital proceedings), and finally, it offers the perspective that some will fight for justice (Gail knows the realities of the situation – that Phillip will probably escape prosecution). As in Speak ...more
Are You in the House Alone was published in 1976, before caller id and cell phones, back in the day when phones were attached to the wall and prank calls were not easily traced (and when people used words like "sweathog"). Gail, the narrator, is a high school junior who is harrassed, first with prank calls while she is babysitting, then with creepy notes in her locker, and finally with a violent attack. I enjoyed the story, but it was especially interesting to see how things have changed since 1 ...more
Sandra Strange
This isn’t really a mystery. The narrator is living a rather mundane life, with steady boyfriend, until she finds a series of obscene notes in her locker. The threats escalate until her best friend’s steady boyfriend, son of the most prestigious folks in town, stalks her and ultimately rapes her and beats her brutally. No one in town will acknowledge this young man’s horrific behavior because there is no proof, and her father loses his job. There is pressure for the family to move away to hush u ...more
Jesse Roth
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the author portrayed rape and its effects in this book. And for those who are saying they had no idea the book was about rape, you need to look closer. I don't know if there are multiple covers, but my book says clearly on the FRONT cover that it is "a frank novel about the nightmare of rape and its aftermath." And if you open the front cover, the first page, full of others praising recommending the book, says things about how this book makes a powerful statement about the problems r ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I first read this book back when I was about 13-14, I'm not sure what the reason was though. I can remember wanting to read it for some reason so I had the library order it in and I read it in about a week (though it should have taken a shorter amount of time, but school got in the way). The reason I'm writing this is because I decided to watch the movie tonight, (it's on youtube and it's seriously the only place I can manage to find it!)
The movie is... very slow and, for lack of a better word,
Kate Brown
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
"Are you in the House Alone?" is so well written. Richard Peck is a talented author who eliminates any unnecessary words and uses phrases that flow so well. I was immediately drawn into this horrifying story and couldn't even put the book down. Gail is the target of a psychotic rapist who is following her every move. He watches her with her boyfriend, Steve and calls her when she is babysitting. When she starts finding threatening notes in her locker, Gail is at a loss about what to do. There is ...more
Joey Farmer
i think this book was pritty good it is about this girl her name is Gail Osburne she is a high school student in Oldfield Village she has a best friend whos name is Alison she has a boy friend whos name is Phil Lawver he is the son of the most powerful family in town the Lawvers Gail start receving strange notes and letter saying weird sexual things like what the stalker will do to her and finaly she finds out that the stalker is Alisons boy friend Phil and then Gail is raped by Phil and Gail ca ...more
I was surprised at the grimness of this book’s message. The inability of adults and the legal system to assist Gail is quite disturbing. Peck pacts a brutal message into such a short little story.

As in many older YA novels the slang is quite dated, although my main complaint with the novel was the final message. It seemed that Peck advocated not fighting back when sexually assaulted. While I appreciated his attempt to warn teenagers about what may happen to victims in this situation, I was rath
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-books-ever
Okay, where to start... This book was great story, but the conclusion sucked and there was no justice for the rape victim. Such a pity. I was hoping for something good out of my book report, but no cigar. If you don't like books with no happy endings this book isn't for you.
Brianna Culver
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to people who like thrillers. I did not like this book because i didn't think there was enough horror.
Maneeka ^_^
Sep 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it was creepy. I got scared when my parents left me home alone. lol
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Peck is a living legend who does amazing work, so I’ve been reading through his oeuvre. This book was a huge change of pace for him – it’s dark, it’s horrific, and it deals very frankly and painfully with the subject of rape. Peck does a good job of placing the reader in the shoes of the character – without going into gory details, he conveys completely her fear and her pain. Reading this book was excruciating, but I mean that as a compliment – it’s supposed to be.

It’s frustrating becaus
Erin Pierce
Difficult subject matter...and has a rather unfulfilling conclusion, since the perpetrator ( a serial rapist) goes free and unpunished. It would have been better to have justice prevail, however, I suppose this ending is similar to what many women have had to go through. My heart breaks for all those who've had to endure this.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book it had so much truth to it. It was well written and not your basic formulaic young adult fiction, I'm unsure if this really is young adult it didn't feel that way. I'm so glad I chose this book for my young adult course I'm taking.
Phylisha Stone
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book about teen rape and also addresses the roles that class, wealth and privilege play.
Julia Workman
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I find stories like this really exciting. You should definitely read this book!!
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This was a realistic look at teen life in the 70's. This is the story of Gail a high school student who starts to receive phone calls and gets nasty letters left in her locker. She is being stalked by someone. She has a boyfriend, Steve Pastorini whom her parents (mother) doesn't like because he is from the wrong side of the tracks per se. Steve is really a good guy and makes great grades. Her best-friend is Alison Bremer and she is dating Phil Lawver of the THE LAWVER's. A very wealth family th ...more
It may seem odd coming from a guy who's a fan of some of the most appalling horror ever written (or filmed, for that matter), that I particularly dislike the subject of rape used in entertainment. I can appreciate a good murder or caper—some folks need killin' and some things need stealin'—but rape (and child abuse, for that matter) are not things I easily spend my recreational time with.

There's no way I was going to like this book which isn't just about rape but about rape in a time where the
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Hussey
May 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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