Lois Duncan í 7 CharactersEn a time when she could have sworn that she felt something terrible approaching It was during a period in which Julie was seeing that she felt something terrible approaching It was during a period in which Julie was seeing great deal of Ray and for a while Mrs James had wondered if that was it if the young people s feelings for each other were growing too strong and would create a problem Fond as she was of Ray she was aware of his immaturity and she wanted another year of high school for Julie and then hopefully college The idea of an unwed pregnancy or a very young marriage was not easy for her to acceptIn the 2010 revision of I Know What You Did Last Summer Lois Duncan made a number of superficial changes to her 1973 text A few are hard to spot like a blue pantsuit changing to blue pants and a blouse Vietnam and an antiwar demonstration are changed to Ira and an indiscriminate campus demonstration A noticeable change is the and an antiwar demonstration are changed to Ira and an indiscriminate campus demonstration A noticeable change is the act Duncan has to do with mobile phones which could have solved her mystery in half an hour if characters were easily able to contact each other or authorities in an emergency In the inferior revised edition all manner of dead batteries dropped signals or landlines still strangely in use are offered to eep the plot goingThere are reasons why a novel written in the 1970s or 80s should not be revised for the Information Age even a novel that on the surface seems to be little than a Young Adult thriller The world has changed so much in forty years that relabeling is not sufficient to pass Duncan s story off as one that could take place today The catalyst of I Know What You Did Last Summer is a boy on a bicycle being struck by a hit and run driver at ten o clock at night plausible and effective in 1973 but today when all bicycles have reflectors and all children are cocooned in safety gear not to mention guarded by anxious parents who rarely let their children out of sight this scenario feels like a stretchThis sort of reboot feels like a financial gambit than one made to improve uality of the book and I Know What You Did Last Summer is compelling enough not to need it Duncan does a wonderfully subtle job of generating tension with characters who ve committed an irrevocable crime and are wrapped so tight with guilt that the slightest tug might force them to snap This is a thriller where I was able to feel empathy not only with the protagonists but their tormentor who unlike the boogeyman in the derivative 1997 slasher film and its seuels inflicts psychic violence as opposed to mostly physical The reveal in his identity also altered for the movies is novel as wellDuncan who allows her teenagers some illegal substances but lets the reader imagine how much sex they ve experimented with should be respected for writing a terrifying book without racking up dead bodies More sinister and imaginative is how Duncan Buried keeps the teenagers alive In addition to the guilt that s been building over a year each character is dragged into their own level of hell A sports hero view spoilermay not walk again hide spoiler Not the greatest film in the world and even worse of a book I Know What You Did Last Summer is so cheesy and predictable that it seems almost on purpose The characters are ridiculous caricatures of typical teens and they acted completely ridiculous at the best of times I read this novel in one sitting It wasn t the most enjoyable book I have read but it wasn t unexciting either I would have probably enjoyed this novel way if I had read it when I was about 13 years old The concept and plot of the book grabbed my attention which is why I decided to read it Also the length of the book was ideal just in case if I didn t enjoy it I wouldn t have wasted too much time on it It was uite entertaining but it lacked suspense for me At first I found it to be captivating but during some chapters I felt like it was predictable I did however enjoy the main characters I felt like they were well written and weren t confusing toeep up with The author didn t flood you with an excessive amount of characters in the novel so you could easily distinguish them from one another I felt like I was watching a horror movie as opposed to feeling as if I was in the characters shoes I also expected a intense ending Nonetheless if you are looking for a uick read that is also entertaining this is an adeuate book Holy dated book BatmanI grew up on Lois Duncan the go to YA thriller writer in the 1970s I might have even given I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER five stars back then Technology makes many books of my generation either period pieces or irrelevant Teens today have never had to search for a dime for a payphone what having an unlisted phone number means or not nowing
Who S Calling When Yous calling when you the phoneSome editor had a not so brilliant idea to update I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by throwing in a few computers and cell phones without addressing the rampant sexism that existed when I was young I m paraphrasing good thing Helen was pretty it was all she had going for her I could site dozens of examples of similar phrases that were awful messages for girls when I was growing up but happened all the time Had editors left the book as was good dis. Avenger out there who is stalking them in a deadly game Will he stop at terror or is he out for reven.
E movie came out so my recollection will be a Little Bit Foggy Go bit foggy Just go me on this okay view spoilerYes I 9 when I read this Can you believe that Accelerated Reader didn t even give a uiz for this back in the day Pfft hide spoiler An amazing book It holds your attention from start to finish I highly recommend it to everyone Before it was a 90s slasher movie I Know What You Did Last Summer was actually a novel by Lois Duncan and believe it or not a very good one Published in 1973 and revised by the author in 2010 I had superficial issues with her decision to rebrand everything from fashion to geopolitics to telephones for the Young Adult reader of today a decision that
felt financial as opposed to creative but where it matters the bookfinancial as opposed to creative but where it matters the book a terrific amount of suspense and delivers a satisfying payoff without throwing graphic violence sex or much foul language at the reader In this sense it s like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with teens than slasher fareSet in the vicinity of Silver Spring Maryland with its mountain roads the story begins with high school graduate Julie James getting summer off to a promising start when an acceptance letter to Smith College the alma mater of her widowed mother arrives in the mail Mrs James has sensed a change in her redheaded cheerleader daughter over the last year studying harder but having less fun breaking up with a boy named Ray Bronson who left town about a year ago and headed to California Julie almost ignores a second letter she s received one with no return address on the envelope The message in big block printing ominously reads I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMERWe next meet Barry Cox freshman at the local college and a football hero in his high school days whose winning ways still get the attention of the girls For this reason and others Barry has cooled to his girlfriend of the past year Helen Rivers a high school dropout whose ambition and golden looks have secured her a lucrative job with Channel Five as a station rep and on air personality Helen s success seems to be the only reason Barry hasn t broken up with her and when she telephones with something important to talk with him about he has no choice but go to her apartment complex Barry finds Julie there as well who shares the threatening letter with the couple Making reference to a pact they made last summer Barry blames the letter on Ray who Helen reveals is back in town Neither of the women believe Julie s ex would do something like this The football hero offers that Julie might be getting teased about something else she did last summer Helen is not comforted by this Julie returns home to prepare for a date when she encounters Ray waiting for her While he s missed Julie she explains that she needs to move on haunted by a tragic accident in which the car that Barry was driving with Helen in the front passenger seat and Julie Ray in back struck a twelve year old boy on a bicycle named Daniel GreggDriving too fast while under the influence of a few beers and a little pot Barry feared prosecution and fled the accident scene that night Julie s vocal plea that they go back to help the boy was opposed by Helen who then as well as now is in love with Barry and wants to protect him Casting the deciding vote to stay silent was Ray who at that time lacked the nerve to stand up to Barry and instead made an anonymous call to 911 Their victim died on the way to the hospital Julie shares her letter with her ex dreading that someone else nows their secret Ray believes they should confess to the police not breaking the pact but dissolving it by convincing Barry and Helen to agree with themWhile Julie makes a fresh start with an Ira war veteran she s dating named Bud Helen continues to feel distance from Barry Growing up in a low income household and sharing a bedroom with her dumpy and vindictive older sister Elsa Helen s self made success and minor celebrity has only made her feel ostracized by her family and peers She makes a friend with a handsome new neighbor named Collie but comes close to falling apart when Barry is lured away from his frat house by a telephone call and shot His ability to walk again in doubt Barry claims that the phone call came from Helen who denies this By now both Helen and Ray have received ominous messages as wellTaking the initiative Julie and Ray go up up to Mountain Highway to visit the Greggs They meet Daniel Gregg s sister Megan who reveals that her mother blamed herself for Daniel s death and fell ill She s convalescing in Las Lunas with her father Julie is certain that none of the Greggs could be responsible for the threats while Ray notices a fresh coat of paint on the house and men s shirts drying on the clothesline The mystery thickens when Ray sneaks into the hospital to confront Barry about his fatal phone call He conceals the truth which is that a caller threatened to blackmail him with photos of the accident and lured Barry into a meeting where he was shotMeanwhile Mrs James has a very bad feeling about all of this Not that the feelings were foolproof and could be taken as gospel Last summer for instance there had be. Has learned the truth and is determined to get evenThe horror is starting again There is an unknown.