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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  4,565 ratings  ·  811 reviews
Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

It's the perfect time of year for spooky reads, but since my heart lies with romance, I was looking for a book that was about a love story but also with a bit of that spooky edge to it, and this was it!

The House was haunting, romantic, and suspenseful. Honestly, it would make a really fantastic movie! It's one of those stories that I found very easy to visualize complete as I read. The story just came to life in my mind. If they happened to be showing this story

DNF @ 31%


Unfortunately this one was just too juvenile for me. :(

Thanks, Pavlina for trying to get through it with me!
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it

** 2,5-3 “Do you, House?” STARS **

“This park, House, the school –it doesn’t matter where we try to be alone together. House will ALWAYS be there. IT WILL ALWAYS SEE ME.


So why only 2,5 stars?

This is YA, so we all knew it wasn't gonna get a 5-star-OMG-I'm-in-love-review from me anyway, but it could have been better. I've read better.

#1 // The unbelievably fast developing lovey dovey feelings that Gavin and Delilah share. Like....lightning fast. I know that they're teena
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it was...............good...............

Alright, alright.
This book started off pretty nicely, you know,I experienced the normal stages of reading a book:
1. *has no idea what's going on*
2. .......
3. oh!
6. *dies*

Haha, so yeah.......

And just so y'all know, I thought that this was gonna be a creepy book and scare the shit out of me, but what do ya know!! This had nothing of that sort. ;p yeah, no, don't
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
“Do you, House? Do you watch me all the time?”

4.0 / 5.0 STARS


The plot is fantastic, engaging and super original !.

At first it was somewhat difficult feel hooked with the story, as I have to admit that the romance of this book is very bad, sadly I couldn't connect with their relationship at all, was somewhat forced and desperate .
And although, this would have been enough to make me give up with it, this time it was the exeption, since once the house unfolds its mystery I just can't s
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
DNF 30% I'm so disappointed,I love young adult books but this one is weird and I think its written for much younger readers.I'd enjoy it more if I was an actual teenager!


Drcong O '
I should have not wasted my time on this book. Mikaela you were right.

-The romance was complete shit.
We all know what Delilah Blue wanted.


And we all know what Gavin wanted.

-Where the fuck is the fucking horror? The House is just a way to stretch their shit ass romance into 370 pages.

I didn't bother to finish this book. It was so obvious what was going to happen. (Yeah I read the ending.)


I must admit, reading this book was an experiment - the one I didn't expect anything positive from. I am not a fan of contemporary books by Christina Lauren, but when authors of adult books write YA books, I am always a little bit curious as what will they bring from the other genre and what will they take from this genre. The House turned out to be a rather successful experiment and ultimately I am glad I read this book.

It is a horror/thriller YA - somewhere on the fringe between these two

Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️3.5 STARS⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed this one. Although different from anything I've read so far from my favorite writing duo, I was entertained all throughout the book, with a theme reminiscent of all my teenagers favorite reads.

It truly reminded me of Richard Matheson's Hell House but with a young adult streak and in a less frightening form. Oh and mixed with The Beauty and the Beast tale and all the animated objects! The "habitants" of the house were moody, funny, feisty and I loved the
Get out of your comfort zones and read The House!! Suspenseful, spooky, and hauntingly romantic.

I am a huge Christina Lauren fan so I was very excited to get my hands on The House! Thank you, Christina for the ARC!

I must admit, unlike the other novels by this amazing duo, it did take me awhile to get into this one. I think it was around 100 pages in when I was finally gripped by the story but after that it was smooth sailing! You couldn't pull my head out of the spines even if you tried!

Rachel Reads Ravenously
DNF 100 pages in

This book is too weird for me. And not well developed at all.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic. Even though the premise sounded awesome, I'll admit to not really being sure about it.

Love love love Delilah and Gavin. They're absolutely adorable together and I loved how protective each was of the other. The swoons were strong in this one as well as the banter and scenes that had me grinning like a loon.

The spooky is quite spooky. The explanation isn't too far fetched and I really liked that it didn't overshadow anything. Yes, the House is a character and plays a pivotal
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sinister and suspenseful with scenes that will surely make you shiver. A perfectly creeptastic, haunted house read for October!

Monster House meets Poltergeist in Christina Lauren’s suspenseful, new YA thriller. You’ll not want to read this one alone, in the dark, as the sounds of your own house creak and groan around you. Suspense escalates steadily in this tale of horror, as House becomes determined to crush the blossoming relationship of two young lovers.

When Delilah returns home from an East
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
I... really wanted to make this work but I just couldn't do it. I probably would've liked this as a teenager but this just felt like very old style YA. The writing wasn't as good as CL's other books and it was filled to the brim with tropes. The romance was instalove cringey and the characters were not as good as they typically are in CL's adult romance. I was trying to force myself to finish it for the sake of reading all of their books but I just had to give up.

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Elle G. Reads
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
:: 4 Haunting Stars ::

I enjoyed this book. Although it’s not exactly what I was expecting from the authors, it is quite a unique tale when it comes to Haunted Houses. In this book, the House is an actual character. One that may terrify readers if reading this book alone at night.

The story is about a boy named Gavin and a girl named Delilah who have known each other almost all of their lives. When Delilah comes back from boarding school it’s as if the two are suddenly drawn back to one another
Cameron Chaney
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, horror, 2016
I was looking forward to this book and really wanted to like it, but sadly... it was a big disappointment. Not what I was expecting at all. This isn't a horror story, more like a magical realism novel that feels like a paranormal romance. It just doesn't work. The dialogue is horribly cringey, the romance is too mushy, and there is a serious lack of suspense. There is also a lot more sex than I anticipated for a young adult book, which is fine and all, but the way it was written was borderline e ...more
Ann  Mat
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
“When he walked away, shoulders square and broad, hair as black as the shadows under the tree, she felt a little hollow, like maybe he’d taken one of her ribs with him when he left.”

It was certainly different and refreshing. It was like an American horror movie with all the creaky stairs and gusty winds. People are trying to stop me from reading it at night but it wasn't that scary. I found it a little comical when Gavin talks to the Lamp, The room, The piano... The house has this attitude that
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good and spooky. I wanted to keep reading until the end. It keep me guessing and wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: riveted-lit, z-2019
This book is my third from these authors. I was expecting romance, I was expecting sparks, I was excited to read a new book (for me) that I knew would be totally captivating... but I didn't expect a creepy and suspenseful story like this! I love them so much, I love that I had been so pleasantly surprised by this book. ...more
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Whoomp! There it is! My first 5 star book of 2016. This book was completely and utterly amazing and totally not what I was expecting at all. Going into The House, I expected a straightforward haunted house story, but that's not what this is at all. The House is a story about love and commitment just as much as it is a horror novel and it's beautiful.

Delilah and Gavin are the main characters in this wonderfully amazing book and the story is told from alternating perspectives. Delilah has had
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GAWD! I loved this. Anyone that knows me, knows I am a Christina Lauren addict. I am. I put this on the back burner because it was a Young Adult but this was so good. It had sexy aspects, relationship, played out like a movie. The heroine was so amazing and strong. Like all CL characters, these characters will be with me for a long time. I can not recommend this enough. You want to read something that is truly unique? Special? pick it up.
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it


Dahlilah returns home from boarding school and is reunited with her crush, Gavin, from 6 years ago. She soon learns that he was not raised by parents, but by a very unusual house that seems to have a life and mind of its own.
At first she is excited of the idea of a house being alive and full of unusual activity. But when the house realizes how attached Gavin is getting to her, it turns against Dahlilah in a jealous rage. She is determined to get Gavin away from the possessed house, even

This book was NOT what I expected. Absolutely not. Did I love it any less though? Definitely not. Quite the opposite, actually. It was a really unique and interesting read with a fascinating story, pretty cool and likeable characters and was very well written. It's the first book I read by these authors - yes, plural because Christina Lauren is a combined pen name for the authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings - but I'm also not sure if I'll read any other books. They seem a lot differe


Monster House For Teens
With Romance
A Possession
Older YA

With Audio Performed Swimmingly by Elizabeth Louise and Deacon Lee


Best Character goes to the Antagonist...The House.  Not that I was rooting for the house...well maybe I was, a little.  Did you ever see the movie, Monster House...



...this was like that, but with seventeen-year-olds, and some mushy, gushy romance stuff.  It wasn't half bad either...and I think that surprised me becau
Reading this in bed at night wondering if everything I am touching is alive is one of the creepiest feelings I've ever had to endure. This book is so alive that you have to convince yourself it is just a book, it is just a book, it is just a book if you want to ever feel comfortable inside your house again. Holy shit. Incredible work. Freud would get a kick out of this. ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
God no! This is exactly why I don't read anything from this woman.
Never again, sorry.
Kelly Gunderman
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites, edelweiss
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I have so many feelings on this book. This book reminded me of something out of a Tim Burton film, or something from Alice in Wonderland.

First, we have Delilah, who is home from her private school due to her father losing his job and her grandmother's health problems. She has come back to the town she grew to finish off high school, and she lays eyes on the boy she previously had a crush on, Gavin. Needless to sa
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
3.5 spooky.. Stars.!!

I don't usually pick this genre at all. The only ghost books I have read are of Kristen Ashley's and lets face it they are hilarious..!! But this one was a novelized version of a horror movie. I definitely wouldn't have picked if not for Christina Lauren.

I like Gavin. He was a sweetheart. He trusted easy, loved easy and was pretty easy throughout.
Delilah was damn unique. I mean she liked gore...!!

It was like the tale of two weird perfections.. They fit together well.

Jenny Jo Weir
Talk about different! If you are looking for something unique and diverse, look no further. This is nothing like Christina’s other novels! This haunted house, mystery/paranormal story is unlike anything I’ve read. It’s a magical creepy YA novel that entertains and keeps audience’s attention. Very creative and lively.
Jessica C Writes
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-horror
2.5 stars

Monster House meets bad Twilight romance??

The concept for this was so cool, but the execution was...not great.
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eighteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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