Book Review: Fright Night by Maren Stoffels
Author: Maren Stoffels
Published: September 1, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 30-August 1, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
Sofia isn’t so sure about Fright Night. When she suggested it to her friends, she was only thinking of it as an excuse to get closer to Dylan. Now that it’s happening, she’s worried that spending the night in a deserted forest is a bad idea.
But it’s totally safe–there’s even a safe word if things get too intense. And they do. Sofia and her friends are forced to face their greatest fears, and suddenly? It’s too late to turn back.
Fright Night is one that had promise from the book description, but it fell flat for me. I love haunted houses and a good scare, so I was ready for a book featuring teens going to a Fright Night to face their ultimate fears in the woods, a night that gets way out of hand. You have heard of those places that are run in the fall and people have to sign waivers and more to participate, but I would never dare to do them! OMG. But in this novel, we got two stories, the Fright Night end and then Dylan’s backstory which affected the present timeline.
Fright Night was not horror but it more of a psychological drama that was not scary. I honestly did not care about Dylan’s backstory and just wanted as good of a scare that a YA horror novel can give you. But it was not even really a good scare. I only finished it as it was a short audiobook at 4 hours. I’m hoping the author’s other book (Escape Room) I got through the Libby app is better, but honestly, I am not expecting much out of it.
Sadly, Fright Night is a novel I cannot recommend.