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The Baby-Sitter II

(The Baby-Sitter #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,333 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Jenny's last baby-sitting job nearly killed her. But she's a survivor and she's over it. She's even got a new baby-sitting job. Then the phone rings. When she answers, she hears a familiar voice--a voice from the grave. ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Scholastic
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Babysitter is amongst the most memorable books in the Point Horror range. Within the first couple of pages, the whole story came flooding back to me.

Trying to deal with the events from the previous book, Jenny seeks counselling. As she try’s to deal with putting them horrific events behind her, Jenny decides to take up another babysitting job.
This time with 10 year old Eli, how hard can it be?
But then Jenny starts to receive the phone calls again...

I liked how the book dealt with Jenny’s tra
Schizanthus Nerd
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine-all-mine
“Hi, Babes. I’m back.”
Jenny survived her last adventure in babysitting (barely) and she’s now in therapy (thank goodness!). She’s done with Chuck, who she was dating during the first book, but he’s not done with her. Chuck swings between joking around and angry and when she rejects him he responds by shouting at her, “threatening and cursing”. Jenny’s internal dialogue?
Poor Chuck.
So, it turns out that Jenny needs therapy for more than the whole almost dying thing. Some more therapy wo
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
RL Stine books on fear street were such fun for me growing up. I remember the two babysitters being among my favorites for some reason. Fun story for young minds.
Re-read this for the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This was definitely an interesting read. The fact that the psychiatrist's secretary is secretly a psycho was slightly predictable. I don't usually do horror, and this book was okay. Even though it wasn't my most favorite read, I am curious about the next one in the series. ...more
Alex (The Bookubus)
The story follows Jenny from the first book so I won't go into too much detail but I think I enjoyed this one a little bit more than the first one. I like the overall story of The Baby-Sitter but there is something about the details and the execution that err on the silly side and don't really reflect the dark subject matter. I think the sequel leans in a little more to the dark subject matter and, while there are still some silly moments (it is R.L. Stine after all!), this makes for a better re ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jenny Jeffers had a rough time last autumn, but even though the creep stalking her and other babysitters in town is dead, Jenny can't get beyond the trauma of the experience. Every night, it's the same dream: she's at the abandoned rock quarry where her nemesis met his brutal end, but he's still there, still alive, dragging himself out of the pit, assuring her that he's on his way as he crawls towards her like a zombie, getting closer and closer until she wakes up screaming.

"Jenny, I'm back."

Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Certainly not as good as part 1. Jenny was annoying in this one. I couldn't stand how many times she ran from people only to realize that it was just somebody trying to catch up with her, each time she would ask herself why she ran. Why didn't she just wait and see who it was? She did this so many times it made me shake my fist. The constant nightmare scenes were bad enough to make me wonder if I was having a nightmare. Chuck hurls her to the ground and she nearly breaks her skull and she still ...more
Chelley Toy
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars!

(I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only)

I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly!

You can read the post here

This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers.

Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofye
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Marginal improvement from the first book. It's not very well written and the completely unnecessary overuse of the word 'spaz' has pissed me off and made me hate them though. This should have have been edited and changed in the edition I have.
All the main characters are still mind-numbingly stupid and immature and I'm kind of hoping they eventually die in the third book.
Emily Dean
Basically the same plot as the first one, but with a woman refusing to get out of the river.
Ryan M.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just okay. I figured out the twist pretty early on. I really enjoyed the first book. Hopefully the third and fourth will be better than this one.
Probably RL’s greatest (and dumbest) work. Is this his masterpiece? Yes, yes it is.
Kylie Stoneburner
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Jenny's luck seems to be very poor; she's surrounded by weirdos. And I'm sorry, but that 10 year old is a menacing spoiled brat whose parents need to grow up and discipline him! What a nightmare in itself... I don't know why Jenny even considered another babysitting job.

Moving along to book 3. It's been fun revisiting a series that was one of the first horrors to pique my young reader mind. Admittedly, they are much tamer than I remembered them being; but that is expected and interesting to see
Sep 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, read-2016, ya
I don't know if I somehow skipped this one back in the day, since normally I'm really good at remembering the books I've read and this one I couldn't. Not that that's a bad thing, there is nothing quite like reading a new or "new" book.

This one comes six months after the first. Jenny has a new group of friends and is seeing a psychiatrist in order to deal with everything that happened to her. She's been having horrible nightmares where Mr Hagen comes back from the dead to get her. After some con
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book b/c I loved reading R.L. Stine as a teenager. Sometimes, I still like to read his books and remember how I felt when I read his books for the first time, how the page-turning suspense would keep me reading and wanting more. The Babysitter II is about a young woman who is slowly getting her life back on track after experiencing a trauma at her last job. She now as a new job w/h a new family... but she is still plagued by bad dreams and threatening phone calls. The Babysitter II ...more
Chelsea Gouin
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Jenny, Jenny, when will you learn? Jenny is suffering from PTSD after Mr. Hagen tried to kill her last year...and subsequently threw himself off a rock quarry. So Jenny is in therapy and has to relive the horror in detail as she recounts that night and the nightmares that resulted from it. Now Jenny has a new babysitting job, a new boyfriend, and new phone calls. That's right, the creepy calls are back, whispering the same eerie phrases that Mr. Hagen had. It was a lot slower and lower on the cr ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
I like this one a bit better than the first. It had me guessing until the end who was pulling the pranks on her. There were several people it could have been but I never thought of who it was.
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This one shocked me even more than the first one. I was surprised when the therapist wasn't the creepo who made those calls! I also thought that Eli was some creepy kid. ...more
Ashley Alma
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very interesting and amusing book, with a nice little twist at the end. R.L Stine just keeps putting horror books out there that never fail to put a little shiver down your back.
Louise S.
Freaky babysitting experiences! It was a good suspense. I never thought the culprit was that character.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
The Baby-Sitter II is a much different book in tone than the original, but, at the same time, follows a familiar path when it comes to the story beats. My biggest surprise throughout was the realization that, contrary to my belief, I had not read this story when I was younger. Sure, I may have skimmed the first chapter or two, but nothing felt familiar at all, and I am certain I was reading this in whole for the first time. Unfortunately for the book, that means the only nostalgic thing about it ...more
Mark R.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

“The Babysitter II” contains enough jump scares to fill three novels. As it is, the 166-page book has readers frantically turning the page, only to find nothing especially terrifying, right up until the climax. If you were watching a slasher or thriller movie, you wouldn’t expect fake-out scares an hour into the film. But R. L. Stine loves these little cliffhangers—Jenny feels something tingly and threatening against her leg! End chapter; new chapter, oh, it was just a cat, just a cat she t
Christopher Waltz
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, The Babysitter II (even more so than the first book) is the quintessential point horror story of the 80s/90s. Following a formula seen in many-a-slasher film both before and after the book was written that translates surprisingly well to a YA horror novel.

Jenny is a Shadyside teen (almost as dangerous as being an Elm Street teen) who used to babysit, but decided to retire once the father she was babysitting for ended up being the kind of guy who murders babysitters in his spare time. Now,
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book 2 in the Babysitter Point Horror series

Not as good as the first one, which isn't saying very much. This had very little to no suspense/scare to it. Jenny has a new babysitting job looking after the Wexner's 10 year old son, Eli. Jenny also has new friends, a new boyfriend, Cal, and is seeing a therapist, Dr. Schindler. Everything seems to be getting better except that those phone calls start again: "Hi Babes, I'm back. Company's coming." Who is it this time? Is it Jenny's crazed ex-boyfrien
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

October reads 2019: book 2.

Let's face it: R.L Stine uses the word "frighten"and "frightened" a lot.
You could do a drinking game with how many times he uses them in books 1 and 2 of this series.
Its probably his favorite word.
That's alright with me though; I say "creepy" a lot. Its one of my favorite words. =)

This one lost the charm book 1 had.
The weather was different.
The time was different (Of course).
Even her friends and boyfriend were different. (I didn't like this at all and was highly d
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny's last babysitting job didn't go so well because the kids father had tried to kill her but she dodged him and killed him. Now Jenny had a new babysitting job and she was going to therapy. The same things started happening. Her therapist's assistant had started making the same phone calls and tried to kill her but it didn't work. I also like little kids because they are always happy and playful.My sister Kaylee is also a babysitter and loves working with kids. My mom used to stay at home an ...more
Gayle Noble
Jenny tries to move on from her near-death experience at the hands of Mr Hagen. She starts seeing a therapist and takes on a new baby-sitting job.

This one wasn't as good as the first, in fact it seemed really repetitive. Jenny is always shouting or shrieking at people. Admittedly she had a horrible experience, but even the kids she babysits get yelled at. PTSD? Also I have to add, were Aerosmith and Def Leppard ever considered 'heavy metal'? Rating: 2 stars
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, thriller, stine_pike, 2019
RL Stine is known for his false scares at the end of each Chapter for the Fear Street books and this one has to have the most I ever read from him! One literally needs to only read the first and last sentence of each Chapter and you'll get the whole story without missing a beat. This book has to be one of the worst I've read from him at this point. Makes me dread wanting to read Parts 3 and 4 now. ...more
Starts off more promisingly than most RL Stine's books...then slides into the inevitable cliches, jumpscares and nonsensical ending. Also Chuck is the absolute worst.

I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.
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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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