Stine, R.L. A Midsummer Night’s Scream, 249pgs. Feiwel and Friends, 2013. $13.42. Language: PG-13 (no swears, no “F’s”); Mature content: PG-13; Violence: R.
A Midsummer Night’s Scream is a horror novel very loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It follows a high school girl named Claire and her best friend, Delia as they set out to accomplish their dreams by appearing in their first major motion picture. The movie they are cast in is a remake of an old horror flick in which members of the cast actually died while filming the movie. It isn’t long before mysterious death began befalling the cast members of the remake and Claire is afraid she may be next.
This book is entertaining and a light read, but the writing isn’t stellar. It is quite cheesy and many times the deaths are gratuitously violent. I would not recommend this book to anyone simply because it is gross and has no real thrills or a real theme. I am hesitant to recommend it for middle school students because of the violence it contains.
NO Reviewer: JL