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The Wrong Girl

(Return to Fear Street #2)

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3.12  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Bestselling author R.L. Stine returns with a thrilling retro horror story with a terrifying twist, perfect for fans of Stranger Things!

Poppy Miller swears she will get payback for Jack Sabers’s cruel prank that humiliated her in front of all her friends.

Then her classmates start turning up dead.

All eyes are on Poppy. Is Poppy being framed? Or did the kids of Shadyside High
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Wolverinefactor
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...

What a hot mess.

The pranks (outside of the first one) are beyond ridiculous and I don’t see anyone thinking they were good ideas.

It takes 2/3 to get going and no one dies until the last 40 pages.

The reveal of the killer is in the last 5 pages and it’s so obvious and done in such an absurd manner that I just don’t know what Stine was going for here. The book just ends, no real resolution just this is the killer BYE
Ashley Daviau
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I will never get tired of Stine’s writing. Whether it’s Fear Street or Goosebumps, I just can’t get enough of it! I was thrilled when I saw this new series and I knew I had to get my hands on it. And of course it did not disappoint in classic Stine fashion, the first book was great and so was this one! I loved this story so much, it had me wrapped around its finger and I’m not mad about it! It’s entertaining and fun with a spooky twist which is exactly what I was hoping it would be. My only comp ...more
Paula Brandon
This felt a lot like a Fear Street book of old, with no supernatural elements, short chapters with dumb cliffhanger endings, and thinly drawn characters in a fast moving plot. But that's about all the good things you can say about it. This really wasn't a very good book. The plot description given on the jacket is basically a spoiler. The first half is taken up with the various zzzz pranks that Poppy Miller and her friends play after trouble-making new student Jack Sabers becomes part of their g ...more
Stay Fetters
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
"Her eyes were wide, crazy. She didn’t answer. She stopped a few feet from me. Kids turned to see what was happening. Before I could call out, before I could scream, Heather raised the knife high- and plunged it deep into her own chest."

I’ve finally made it back for a spooky stroll on Fear Street. I’m ready to scream bloody murder and prepared to get the living daylights scared out of me.

Imagine that it’s the fourth of July and everyone is shooting off fireworks. You don’t know who’s shooting o
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Kia
Oct 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
This has to be one of the dumbest books I've ever read. None of it made any sense, and the characters were all ridiculous and incompetent. I keep hoping this series will get better, but it seems to be getting worse. ...more
Sarah Marie
Sep 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-review
1 star. YIKES the writing in this was so bad and the story was horrible. It was a chore to read at times, but at others it was addictive. Review to come.
Lexie
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sasha Gibson
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I wanted to love this book, not because Stine and fear street are known for their literary prowess, but because these books are fun, quick easy reads that are usually at least a good story.

BUT, the POV character for 90% of the book, Poppy, is completely insufferable. “Oh I’m not the best actress so Rose must be the antichrist”. “Oh Keith is very cute, very nice, but SUCH a bore, time to fuck off with this guy Jack who I have nothing in common with, guess I’ll change my whole personality so we ca
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pdbkwm
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a Fear or a Goode to show up, so I was surprised that this story didn't have any of that. The synopsis mentions that Poppy's friends keep dying, but that doesn't start to happen until a little over half way into the novel. I was expecting a Scream situation, but I was pleasantly surprised with how R.L. Stine worked his way into the main plot.

Like the rest of the novels in this series, the ending reveal happened abruptly, but unlike the others this one had a better flow to it. It'
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Mavis Ros
DNF at 24%

“I had no way of knowing that she would be so awful. I mean, her performance was so lame, so...dead, I was waiting for Mr. G. to hold a finger under her nose to see if she was breathing.”

Seriously? Is it just me or the characters were starting to lose their common sense when it comes to certain, personal things?

Look, Mr. Stine is a talented author but I don’t think this book of his doesn’t fit into the horror genre. It’s more of a kid’s version of a thriller.
Drew
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like a blast from the past, going back and reading RL Stine and returning to the fear Street series. Sadly now the kids in Fear Street have cell phones and talk about Instagram. But kudos to RL Stine for bringing the series into the modern age. I still prefer to read the original stuff. The ending was a little sudden and horribly contrived, but I enjoyed this read all the way through, rudiculous as some of it was. One thing I have to give Mr. Stine credit for, this book had so many red ...more
Lindz.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Super weird and the story telling was paced kinda off. None of the characters were really likable and you didn't care what happened. ...more
Charles Fischer
A throwback to the kind of book - by the author - that I read in middle school. Rushed ending, but, man, Stine, 76 now, just won't quit. ...more
Mindea
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-in-2018
I can't seem to help myself with these books. They just remind me of my childhood. I can't say they're "great books" but they are fun! Easy quick reads that are pretty easy to figure out what is going on.

Poppy and her friends are bored. While at the mall one day they run into Jack. He wants to pull a prank on his old boss and they are all for it. They decide to form a group that pulls pranks and it's all fun and games until the pranks start to go horribly wrong. What is going on? Why do all the
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Mandy
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one! I loved how it was a modern story but had hints of the original Fear Street novels! The story itself was really interesting and kept me guessing until the end, total page turner! I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Brom
Feb 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-need-it
Bad.

Just bad.
Cathy
Sep 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars. This one was colossally bad. 😂 Not enough build up, too many iPads, off the charts ridiculous plotting and dialogue. Oh R.L. *shakes head*
Dawn Betts-Green
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, horror
If you're reading for nostalgia's sake, this is awesome. If you're looking for great YA horror (a la Danielle Vega), this ain't it. True YA schlock from the master, but a masterpiece it ain't. ...more
lyonel Lamp
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never read the original fear Street book, but I loved the first in this reboot series. But seeing all the reviews saying the older books are like this one, really makes me want to stay as far away as possible from them.

I hated all the characters, the kills minus one were subpar. And I didn’t feel an impact when there was a “horrifying” reveal.
Melissa
Mar 23, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So I guess the moral of the story is (view spoiler) This book had potential, I kept hoping it would be an updated Heathers, but it just let me down. ...more
Melissa
Dec 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
TW: Cutting, mental illness.

What the what? I have so many questions. Soooo...
OK. You're in high school. You, your boo, and your group of friends don't have a lot to do in the town you live in. It's boring. Although the protagonist had a love of a acting. Her bestie, modeling.
Your group of friends consist of:
Ivy: Bestie. Vapid, pretty ginger hair that we hear about far too often. She is booed up with a guy named Jeremy who is allergic to everything under the sun.
Manny: Goodnatured and always pla
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Chelsebelle
I mean.....what did you come here for? If you were looking for a literary giant, then nope. Turn around.
If you're looking to recapture the nostalgia of your youth where you were obsessed with teenagers getting murdered, then welcome. Come right in!

It is poorly written, implausibly laid out, and the character development is about as stable as a stick-shack made by a drunk person in the middle of the night.

It's campy and fun. You already know if you'll enjoy it.
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Hew La France
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I REALLY enjoyed this story, it did suffer from what I considered to be one major flaw: all of the horror happens in the last 100 pages, and there isn't much to it. Story wise, a great entry from Stine. Horror wise... not one of his scariest. ...more
Nikki
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually liked this one more than the first book in the series. Fear Street books are campy corny fun and always seem to end very abruptly with the killer confessing in like the last two pages, with hardly any explanation, but they bring me back to a time when the only thing I had to worry about was doing homework.
Nicole
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little disappointed with this one, because I thought You May Now Kill the Bride was great and I wanted another book like that.
Heather
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon.)

I've always been a huge fan of R.L. Stine. I grew up with all of his books especially the original Fear Street series, so when I heard Stine had released a Return to Fear Street series, I knew I had to read it. I loved You May Now Kill the Bride, the first book in the series. However, The Wrong Girl was not very good.

The pacing for The Wrong Girl was incredibly slow save for a few chapters where it actually sped up to a decent pace. I f
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Liliana
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

“You picked the wrong girl to do this to!” I screamed. “The wrong girl. I’m warning you! I’m warning you now. I’ll pay every one of you back!”


I gotta say, this book grabbed my right from the start.

My name is Poppy Miller, and I am not a criminal.


Alright, tell me more! Lol. I am really loving this new Fear Street series, I gotta tell you. I really enjoyed this book! And I really loved the writing—R.L. Stine has a way with words. It was kind of interactive in a w
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Mileena
The Wrong Girl
4/5 stars
Trigger warnings: Self-harm, animal mutilation, death, suicide, mental illness, fat-shaming, depression, excessive gore
I don’t know where to start with this book. It had all of the good and bad elements of an RL Stine book.

Pros:
-Some of the deaths were heavily intense
-It was campy and most of the time that was a good thing
-The modern social media aspect (it honestly felt like Stine decided to write a horror novel about Jake Paul, and I was living for it) and it dissected
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Shawn Mcmahon
I read the first Return to Fear Street book out of nostalgia and ended up enjoying it more than I expected. The second book is a huge step down and exactly in line with what I expected from the first book.

The bad chapter cliffhangers I remember from this series are back in full force. "I couldn't stand it any longer and pulled the knife out of my bag, plunging it into her chest." "Of course that was just a fantasy." That kind of nonsense. Or in many cases, a vague statement about "the horrors to
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Laura
Dec 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
trigger warnings: self-harm; mention of suicide; death of an animal

wow this was um....kind of garbage? Poppy was the most awful character I have ever read. Actually...all of them were awful. and wtf are those "pranks"? Staging a car wreck and then blowing up the cars? Faking a murder to "get back" at Poppy??? Like...wtf? And all of the "my life is RUINED" crap when they have to like, have consequences for their terrible life decisions. And even those consequences aren't that bad considering they
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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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