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Kate will do anything to be the teacher’s pet An aspiring horror writer, Kate likes a little scare. When offered a spot at an exclusive weeklong writing conference, she jumps at the chance to go. After all, it’s taught by William Drewe, the master of horror himself. But strangely, when Kate arrives, William Drewe is nowhere to be found. Filling in for him is Kate will do anything to be the teacher’s pet An aspiring horror writer, Kate likes a little scare. When offered a spot at an exclusive weeklong writing conference, she jumps at the chance to go. After all, it’s taught by William Drewe, the master of horror himself. But strangely, when Kate arrives, William Drewe is nowhere to be found. Filling in for him is his brother, Gideon, whose assignments give Kate the thrills she seeks. With a teacher like this, she’ll get all the material she needs to become a bestselling author . . . if she survives. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richie Tankersley Cusick including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.


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Kate will do anything to be the teacher’s pet An aspiring horror writer, Kate likes a little scare. When offered a spot at an exclusive weeklong writing conference, she jumps at the chance to go. After all, it’s taught by William Drewe, the master of horror himself. But strangely, when Kate arrives, William Drewe is nowhere to be found. Filling in for him is Kate will do anything to be the teacher’s pet An aspiring horror writer, Kate likes a little scare. When offered a spot at an exclusive weeklong writing conference, she jumps at the chance to go. After all, it’s taught by William Drewe, the master of horror himself. But strangely, when Kate arrives, William Drewe is nowhere to be found. Filling in for him is his brother, Gideon, whose assignments give Kate the thrills she seeks. With a teacher like this, she’ll get all the material she needs to become a bestselling author . . . if she survives. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richie Tankersley Cusick including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

30 review for Teacher's Pet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I think that Moonlight Reader and I posted this as a potential read during Halloween Book Bingo. Wow, I had forgotten what a mess this book was. I honestly went into this blind since I didn't recall a thing at all about this book. I know I had it though as a kid since I had most of Cusick's books when I was growing up. Maybe even at that age I knew a bad book when I read one and pushed it out of my head. "Teacher's Pet" follows Kate and her teacher who go to a writer's retreat. Don't ask question I think that Moonlight Reader and I posted this as a potential read during Halloween Book Bingo. Wow, I had forgotten what a mess this book was. I honestly went into this blind since I didn't recall a thing at all about this book. I know I had it though as a kid since I had most of Cusick's books when I was growing up. Maybe even at that age I knew a bad book when I read one and pushed it out of my head. "Teacher's Pet" follows Kate and her teacher who go to a writer's retreat. Don't ask questions about this retreat though since her teacher is into romance and Kate is into horror. They both go off and go sit in on other seminars and Kate gets some one on one with Gideon Dewe. Now here is the thing, most of Cusick's books follows a checklist, but it's like she upped the ante in this one. Besides having a teen girl who falls for the first guy she sees, she somehow has crushes on and kisses every dude she meets in this book (there are three, Gideon, Pearce, and unfortunately named dude named Denzil) and somehow all three fall in love with Kate and her beauty. Sorry, you can't see it, but I just snickered like I was five when I typed that. I don't even get why Kate likes horror, it seems superficial at best the way Cusick describes it. She doesn't even go into her favorite authors. And Kate's writing is so terrific that she is singled out in class which makes someone jealous enough to kill (she's the teacher's pet). This book had so many twists and turns I refuse to follow them all. And this was a bit more gruesome than her other works (people find body parts lying around) but it still seemed like a haha type murderous place instead of straight up Camp Crystal Lake. The writing wasn't very good in this one and the characters we meet are shallow. Once again you imagine there are only really 6 people in this book (Kate, Gideon, Pearce, Denzil, Kate's teacher, and also a young girl named Tawney who will cause you to go, well bless your heart a lot while reading about the things she's saying) and you imagine that other people exist, but not really since Kate never speaks to any of them. I laughed out loud while reading this ending around 1 am. The evil-doer is found out, I called BS on that whole thing, Kate kisses one dude, and then the other, both dudes still in love with her and promise to fight for her love (why???) and she hops on a train with her teacher. Um, you all were just murdered and there was a fire, why the heck are the cops allowing them to leave just like that just an hour or so after the events are revealed. I have watched enough of The First 48 to know they just couldn't go home like that. Also where are Kate's parents? You think she call them instead of having her heart beat fast cause she's looking at one of her beau's profile.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    A nice nostalgic re-read. I definitely had this Point Horror as teenager as the cover is so striking, but I couldn’t recall the plot. I was slightly surprised to find that it’s set in a writers retreat camp in the woods, as the cover had suggests a high school setting. Kate is a budding horror writer and is given the chance to spend a week at the camp. But she soon finds out that the fear is for real. I loved the Camp Crystal Lake like setting in this one, Cusick really sets the creepy tone of this A nice nostalgic re-read. I definitely had this Point Horror as teenager as the cover is so striking, but I couldn’t recall the plot. I was slightly surprised to find that it’s set in a writers retreat camp in the woods, as the cover had suggests a high school setting. Kate is a budding horror writer and is given the chance to spend a week at the camp. But she soon finds out that the fear is for real. I loved the Camp Crystal Lake like setting in this one, Cusick really sets the creepy tone of this story perfectly. The story itself didn’t quite fully hold my interest though, but there’s some gear scenes. I found this to be one of the more middling entries in the range.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Horrid! I usually like her books but this one was an absolute mess. The plot was thin, slow moving and completely unbelievable. The characters were flat and unlikeable and the ending is a disaster. It's Poe meets Hitchcock meets train wreck, but mostly train wreck. Like I said before I am a fan of RTC but not this book. Horrid! I usually like her books but this one was an absolute mess. The plot was thin, slow moving and completely unbelievable. The characters were flat and unlikeable and the ending is a disaster. It's Poe meets Hitchcock meets train wreck, but mostly train wreck. Like I said before I am a fan of RTC but not this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    I enjoyed this one a lot. The scares got a bit ridiculous but I'm not complaining. I'm pleasantly surprised that Kate's friends have unique personalities since in most retro YA they're often cardboard characters. Denzil's wiseass cracks are funny and his sarcasm, next-level. Tawney's dim-witted persona is believable and hilarious. When she was banned from the kitchen where she worked after burning some muffins and almost extending the favor to the whole building, she composed a poem, "Muffin Mad I enjoyed this one a lot. The scares got a bit ridiculous but I'm not complaining. I'm pleasantly surprised that Kate's friends have unique personalities since in most retro YA they're often cardboard characters. Denzil's wiseass cracks are funny and his sarcasm, next-level. Tawney's dim-witted persona is believable and hilarious. When she was banned from the kitchen where she worked after burning some muffins and almost extending the favor to the whole building, she composed a poem, "Muffin Madness, My Early Morning Sadness". That had me chuckling. The setting is a writers' convention/workshop set in a camp. This is of course preferable to a school setting, where any hint of romance between a teacher's pet and her maestro is strictly verboten. And yes, there's some major flirting here and it's not just between our lead and her guru. She also kissed a handsome someone she was previously very wary of after the latter caught his leg in a steel trap that was meant for her. Sometimes I just didn't understand what's happening anymore but I dug all that craziness. There is a sad and wretched family affair underpinning all of this, but I shan't be spoiling anything. It's a worthy read, and not shallow at all. I'm rating it 7/10 or 3 whacked out stars out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gina Dickerson

    I first read this when I was a teenager. I really had a thing for Point Horror books back in the early nineties! I remembered this as being one of my favourite books of the series and, upon revisiting it, I still love it. A quick, easy read, with chills and a twist. I enjoyed rereading this, especially over Halloween!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    I used to absolutely LOVE the Point Horror books! I would go through each of them in one sitting, for the most part. They definitely tweaked my interested in the horror genre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Classic PH, in that there are plot holes like fault lines, actual idiot people and a totally ludicrous storyline. 8.5/10

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Teacher's Pet is a light horror novel that follows along on the trail of young adult horror created by R.L. Stine. For kids who wanted to experience horror but not on a scale of say King, they could pick up the Point novels and get a pretty decent experience. The covers on a lot of them were insane, and it's easy to see why so many adults pick these up to revisit them as adults. Are they perfect? Of course not, but that's not the point. They were often times predictable and cheesy and that's wh Teacher's Pet is a light horror novel that follows along on the trail of young adult horror created by R.L. Stine. For kids who wanted to experience horror but not on a scale of say King, they could pick up the Point novels and get a pretty decent experience. The covers on a lot of them were insane, and it's easy to see why so many adults pick these up to revisit them as adults. Are they perfect? Of course not, but that's not the point. They were often times predictable and cheesy and that's why I loved them. Teacher's Pet is a decent novel that reads more like a thriller/mystery than a straight up horror novel. The plot is simple but adds enough twists and turns to keep your eyeballs glued to the page. Cusik is a writer who doesn't waste a lot of time with character developments due to the number of pages, but what she delivers is a swift moving plot that does make you groan a little at times but there's enough suspense here to make up for it. While most authors in this genre just follow Stine's example, Cusick attempts to breath new life into the genre by adding a bit of PG rated gore. For what the book is and the audience it's written for, it's got enough suspense to keep most readers happy. You can't help but feel for Kate even though at times it doesn't make sense. Why is she targeted, an who is the person responsible? She gives us enough characters and even a bit of a hint as to who it could be but when the big reveal arrives it's just shocking enough to make you feel like an idiot for not figuring it sooner.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would give this 2.5 on pure nostalgia alone, but I ended up giving it 2. I first read this when the YA horror genre was just coming into vogue: all the R.L. Stine Fear Street books, and Christopher Pike, and Cusick were the rage when I was in high school. I remembered this being one of my favorites out of the bunch, along with Pike's Remember Me and Weekend. Feeling nostalgic - and wanting a quick read - I sought this one out. Wooo boy. Let me tell you, aging 20 years will definitely give a new I would give this 2.5 on pure nostalgia alone, but I ended up giving it 2. I first read this when the YA horror genre was just coming into vogue: all the R.L. Stine Fear Street books, and Christopher Pike, and Cusick were the rage when I was in high school. I remembered this being one of my favorites out of the bunch, along with Pike's Remember Me and Weekend. Feeling nostalgic - and wanting a quick read - I sought this one out. Wooo boy. Let me tell you, aging 20 years will definitely give a new perspective on this book. Kate is a (I assume) high school student going to a writer's retreat with her creative writing teacher. It's at a camp in the middle of the woods (point here for being in a location prone to creepiness) with classes taught by writing instructors. I assume the only things they teach here are romance and horror - because that's all the classes we hear about: Kate for horror and her teacher for romance. For someone given a retreat to hone her craft, Kate really doesn't go to any classes. She really only seems to go to 2, and it's during the first one that she's singled out by the teacher, Gideon Drewe. He, of course, is dazzled by her beauty at first glance. Problem 1: she's, what, 17? His age is never stated, but he "looks young," so I'm assuming at least mid-20s, especially since he's been published quite often and travels a lot (for work, I assume. There's a lot of assumptions going on in this book). And - of COURSE - Kate is already a brilliant writer. Which, ok, some people have a natural talent, but this just adds to Kate's Mary Sueness. She's beautiful, caught the eye of the teacher, AND is a talented writer. But the point is, we have an at least 25-year-old man becoming infatuated with a high schooler. It happens, but it doesn't make it less icky. From here, we meet the other main characters: Pearce, the tall/dark/handsome/troubled/mysterious/oh-so-bad-boy caretaker of the camp that is owned by Gideon and his brother William; Denzil, an 18-year-old who also works at the camp, who immediately takes Kate under his wing; and his sidekick, the sweet but quite dim Tawney. Kate's teacher suffers an extreme case of poison ivy and is shipped off to the hospital quite early, so she's out of the way. I enjoyed Denzil and Tawney's characters best out of the crew, but they still seemed to fall flat from what I remembered. And since this is YA, we of course have the love triangle. Or quadrangle. I'm not entirely sure. Kate falls in love with Gideon, Gideon falls in love with her. Pearce admits being attracted to Kate, and even though Pearce gave Kate the heebie-jeebies at first, NATURALLY she starts developing feelings for him, especially after a nasty accident causes bodily harm to Pearce (because who can't help falling in love with a man who's just had his foot almost torn off by a bear trap??). And Denzil falls in love with Kate. Kate kisses Gideon, Gideon kisses Kate. Kate kisses Pearce (while he's practically bleeding out), who kisses her in return. Kate kisses Denzil, Denzil kisses her. Really, I was waiting for Tawney and Kate to kiss. She kisses half the camp, and this retreat is only a couple of days long! So anyway, the plot happens. Someone is out to get Kate because she's caught the eye of Gideon. Starts leaving threatening messages, cuts up her clothes while she and Tawney are swimming, destroys her belongings in her cabin and sacrifices an animal in her shower, and later sets her cabin on fire. She finds a hand in a glove in the woods. She also runs across a mysterious woman in the woods near the Drewe house, but Gideon shrugs this off as one of his brother's weirdo friends. But then later we find out there was a third Drewe sibling, Gideon's twin Rowena, who was a wee bit off her rocker, tried to kill William but ended up being caught in the fire, and died. No one's really recovered from her death. William, of course, hasn't been seen in weeks but is assumed to be off on another bender somewhere. Tortured writers, amiright? Gideon starts acting strangely, Kate gets drawn more and more to him, Rowena may or may not actually be alive. Turns out, Pearce has been playing as Rowena all this time. He set the fire to kill William to free Rowena, didn't realize she had been locked in William's room and died as a result. This made him go mad, end up in some weird split personality situation where he BECOMES Rowena, sees Gideon and Pearce falling in love with Kate, and sets out to destroy the one trying to take her place. It was a convoluted mess with flat characters. Kate is the annoying Mary Sue: everything happens to her; she doesn't take action on anything. Dissolves into tears (which, I guess I can understand. She came to a retreat without a thought that she'd be singled out with someone trying to kill her). But she just moves with the story instead of moving the story. She really doesn't do anything to improve her situation, just makes it worse by kissing everyone she meets. And the ending: after Pearce is caught, Gideon makes a comment that the doctors said his delusion has gone on for quite some time. Excuse me - we're a couple hours, maybe, from his being caught? What doctors? If this was known, WHY was he still allowed to run the camp? Why wasn't he in a hospital somewhere? And where were the cops? A cabin's been set on fire, there's no fire trucks there, William's been chopped up into pieces and strewn about the camp, and Kate's just allowed to get on the train and head home. You'd think she'd be questioned about the events and her part in all them, but it just seems like no one cares about what happened. The Drewes aren't rich enough to buy off the police. How are they going to explain William's disappearance? Sometimes things that you loved in childhood should just be left there so you don't spoil the illusion. This was definitely one of them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Craig Thompson

    Can I swear ? F it .... this is awful. Ok , it’s from 1990 / 91 but wow , like something else . Put this point Horror at the bottom and when you finally get to it read something else . Nothing happens (spoiler alert) more nothing happens followed by pages and pages of nothing happening . Urgh , that’s my one word review : Urgh

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I had this book as a kid and know I read it many, many times. However, I didn't remember anything about it other than the cover. Teen Creeps Podcast is covering it this week and ever since I started listening to their show, this is a book title I've thought about revisiting. So, what better time than now? This didn't hold up for me. I feel this weird loyalty to the idea of the book I wore out so long ago, but I think there is a reason I remembered nothing about it other than the cover. I tried so I had this book as a kid and know I read it many, many times. However, I didn't remember anything about it other than the cover. Teen Creeps Podcast is covering it this week and ever since I started listening to their show, this is a book title I've thought about revisiting. So, what better time than now? This didn't hold up for me. I feel this weird loyalty to the idea of the book I wore out so long ago, but I think there is a reason I remembered nothing about it other than the cover. I tried so hard to get into the mindset of time, place, and audience, but wow. The relationships made no sense. (view spoiler)[This takes place over like 4 or 5 days? Yet two (three?) men fall in love with our heroine and it sets off a killer? The friendships between Kate, Denzil, and Tawney never really flowed. Tawney, poor Tawney. When I came across her name, I suddenly remembered being obsessed with it for a bit after this book, so I had hopes for her character since I'd loved her name. She is such a punchline for most of the book that I swung between heavy eyerolling and feeling sorry for her. Denzil had a few good lines as the only one making sense at times, but I think it was supposed to show more jealousy than being the voice of reason. Also the way he treated Tawney at times (and Kate) was very off putting. Gideon felt like a creeper for going so hot and heavy on a student day one. And I am not sure I buy that Merriam was fully unrequited. Kate's feelings on Pearce 180'd so hard I got whiplash when she started making out with him after being terrified of him earlier in the scene. Where the hell did that come from? All her decisions in that scene made no sense. Get that man some actual help, don't lay there and make out with him. And isn't this the same day she made out with Gideon in the morning? I mean, get it girl, but her character doesn't come across as the type to just have fun with multiple people. Also it was insane to me how so much would happen in a day and almost none of it be related to the actual workshop she was there to attend. *Get up *Meet with Gideon to review her story (which she didn't turn in, her actual teacher did) *Walk with Gideon in the woods *Make out *Find glove *Go to town (excuse me, the village) with her new friends who work at the camp *Come back *Go to afternoon class (only class of the day and one of only two that Kate attends in the book, with a third scheduled but cancelled) *Afternoon class assignment turns out to be go write atmosphere *Find and leave her actual teacher on trail to cave *Find scary man in cave *BEAR TRAP *Make out with concussed, suddenly not scary man while refusing to leave to get him actual medical help *Rescue *Find watch *Get feelings hurt that a man you met yesterday and made out with once that morning may actually have a life you don't know about and be using you *Go to his house and climb his gate *Let yourself in *Get kicked out *Friends find you and sort of call you out Jam packed day with pretty much only the most tangential of writer's conference framing sprinkled in. And it's the day the most writer's stuff happens. (hide spoiler)] It was quick read. I am glad I revisited it because it has been nagging at me for years now, but I really did have a hard time seeing exactly what I love so much about it when I was young.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The very first time I read this book was in elementary school when I found a much-loved, dog-eared copy at a local thrift store. It's been quite a few years since then (and no, I'm not telling just how many. My lips are sealed!) and I admit that in that time a lot of the details - practically everything, really - had slipped my mind. All I could recall from memory was the setting and the fact that there were writers involved. I couldn't remember the ending or any of the details leading up to it. The very first time I read this book was in elementary school when I found a much-loved, dog-eared copy at a local thrift store. It's been quite a few years since then (and no, I'm not telling just how many. My lips are sealed!) and I admit that in that time a lot of the details - practically everything, really - had slipped my mind. All I could recall from memory was the setting and the fact that there were writers involved. I couldn't remember the ending or any of the details leading up to it. When this book came up for review I jumped at the chance to revisit it because, while its details may have slipped from my memory, the impression it made on my young self was lasting. I credit authors like Richie Tankersley Cusick, Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine with introducing me (and tons of other young readers!) to the horror genre, which I still enjoy to this day. Without their influence I might never have developed a love for it. Teacher's Pet starts out at a slow pace, but once the tension begins to build, you'll be unable to put the book down. It blends just enough horror to give you some chills (without relying on lots and lots of unnecessary blood and gore) and adds a touch of romance to balance things out nicely. The characters all had pretty distinct personalities. Denzil's wit and Tawney's childlike innocence keep the story from becoming too bleak. It's the type of book that will keep readers guessing until the big climax. This new edition also includes an informative biography of the author as well as photos. I found this to be pretty interesting. I always like to know more about the authors I enjoy. While it isn't my favorite book written by Richie Tankersley Cusick, it was still a quick, entertaining read that's fun for young adults and adults alike. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Rating: 4 of 5 Teacher's Pet was among the many Point Horror books I read in the 90s, between the ages of 12 to 16. In those days, when I wasn't buried in a Stephen King novel, nine times out of ten I was reading L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, or Richie Tankersley Cusick. Their novels always thrilled and entertained, and yes, there was a healthy dose of jumps and creepies. Nowadays, I'd recommend the Point Horror books for younger 12- to 15-year-olds, who want to Rating: 4 of 5 Teacher's Pet was among the many Point Horror books I read in the 90s, between the ages of 12 to 16. In those days, when I wasn't buried in a Stephen King novel, nine times out of ten I was reading L.J. Smith, R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Caroline B. Cooney, or Richie Tankersley Cusick. Their novels always thrilled and entertained, and yes, there was a healthy dose of jumps and creepies. Nowadays, I'd recommend the Point Horror books for younger 12- to 15-year-olds, who want to dip their pinkie toe in the horror pool. (These books will likely fall short for anyone who's already dabbled in adult dark fiction or film.) The horror elements are mild, for the most part, the mysteries usually keep you guessing right up 'til the end, but some of the teenager-y behavior may seem a little outdated. Other than that, these are great fun! Note: My rating is based on what I remember from 20+ years ago and, of course, includes a fair share of sentimentality.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ionia

    "Teacher's Pet" by Richie Tankersley Cusik reminded me a lot of the books I used to read as a younger person, including the Fear Street series and the Christopher Pike novels. As one would expect, there is not room for a lot of character development in such a short book, but I felt I got enough info to go on in this novel to make me feel appropriately close to the characters and understand their situations. This book was never boring. There was quite a lot of interesting happenings and one scene "Teacher's Pet" by Richie Tankersley Cusik reminded me a lot of the books I used to read as a younger person, including the Fear Street series and the Christopher Pike novels. As one would expect, there is not room for a lot of character development in such a short book, but I felt I got enough info to go on in this novel to make me feel appropriately close to the characters and understand their situations. This book was never boring. There was quite a lot of interesting happenings and one scene moved to the next without too much effort. I did find a few of the events a bit predictable, but overall the feeling of tension and terror was ever present in this story and (even as an adult) gave me chills. I liked the way the author chose to end this story, it was unexpected and made a lot of sense when I stopped to consider what had happened earlier in the book. There was a bit of romance (appropriate for younger audiences,) and strong friendships created along the way. This was a fun and easy read. I also thought it was kind of cute that I finished this on April 1st which, incidentally is the author's birthday. If you are looking for some light and fun reading, this story would be a good choice. This review is based on a complimentary copy from Netgalley and the publisher, Open Road Media.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Borrowing psychological material heavily from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” without using Poe’s effective atmospheric imagery, as well as psychological material from Robert Bloch’s classic PSYCHO, Cusick ironically sets this short novel at a writer’s camp. Aspiring high school senior, Kate, loves to be scared and Cusick trots out antique fear material – Kate is in Cabin 13; as she goes to her cabin she hears someone whisper her name - and some other devices that border on the Borrowing psychological material heavily from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” without using Poe’s effective atmospheric imagery, as well as psychological material from Robert Bloch’s classic PSYCHO, Cusick ironically sets this short novel at a writer’s camp. Aspiring high school senior, Kate, loves to be scared and Cusick trots out antique fear material – Kate is in Cabin 13; as she goes to her cabin she hears someone whisper her name - and some other devices that border on the silly and time worn. We never hear about the other kids at camp, aside from a guy and a girl who work at the camp and sit in on the lectures they want if they are free. Denzil is something of a sophomoric wit and Tawney is just too goofy to be real. And it just so happens that both the more or less adult men, a teacher and a camp assistant, fall madly in love with Kate at first sight. But Cusick can ramp up the suspense – despite her psychological thefts and her dependence on creaky scare devices, this book is hard to put down. This is a fast read but disappointing in its lack of originality.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)

    Popsugar Challenge #4. A book you haven’t read since school Aww man, I loved this book so much when I was younger and yet on re-reading this I just didn't enjoy it. There were so many weird things, like the insta-love between Kate and Gideon and then with Kate and Pierce. The fact that Kate just seemed to kiss anyone who showed her any attention was irritating. Gideon's behaviour was quite inappropriate as he was her teacher. And there were so many other things. I kind of wish I hadn't re-read th Popsugar Challenge #4. A book you haven’t read since school Aww man, I loved this book so much when I was younger and yet on re-reading this I just didn't enjoy it. There were so many weird things, like the insta-love between Kate and Gideon and then with Kate and Pierce. The fact that Kate just seemed to kiss anyone who showed her any attention was irritating. Gideon's behaviour was quite inappropriate as he was her teacher. And there were so many other things. I kind of wish I hadn't re-read this because its ruined the fond memories I had of this and I'm kinda judging my younger self right now... What was I thinking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    Apparently, Kate is beautiful and also frighteningly talented. I have no evidence of this, but we were told at least 45 times every chapter, so I won’t argue.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PN

    Before now the only book I had ever read by this author was The Mall which I loved as a teenager. And even when I read it recently as an adult, there was still that touch of nostalgia there, even as I rolled my eyes at all the teenage tropes. And there were quite a few. There may be slight spoilers ahead so read at your own risk although to be fair the book has been out since 1990. Enter Kate, a would be horror writer who goes to camp and meets not one, not two, but THREE guys who seem to have t Before now the only book I had ever read by this author was The Mall which I loved as a teenager. And even when I read it recently as an adult, there was still that touch of nostalgia there, even as I rolled my eyes at all the teenage tropes. And there were quite a few. There may be slight spoilers ahead so read at your own risk although to be fair the book has been out since 1990. Enter Kate, a would be horror writer who goes to camp and meets not one, not two, but THREE guys who seem to have the hots for her even though one is a grumpy bear about showing it. I mean, apparently the love triangle (or in this case square) in YA has been around longer than I remember but I personally found it exhausting and I can see why now there is such an outcry in the world for platonic love. On her first outing with Gideon they kiss. Her encounter with Pearce by the cave and the bear trap she initiates the kiss which was weird to me because he had been a Grade A jerk to her thus far in the A The book played with the fact that Denzil might be a platonic friend but alas more kissy times happened at the end. I will admit the mystery of who was behind the attacks was engaging and then the reveals were a bit shocking. But then it got to the final 'twist' and I looked at my phone (as I was reading it on the Hoopla app) and was like “Are you freaking kidding me?” And it's not even that I'm reading it as an adult that made me groan. Teen Me would have been taken aback. I may not have been as enraged as Adult Me is but I wouldn't have been happy. And the reason was that it seemed like it was phoned in. At least with other stories with this twist you can go back or remember and see the signs. This one? Seemed to come completely out of nowhere and was just thrown in I guess for a shock value? But it seemed weak and honestly the villain being the way it as originally presented would have been better. That 'twist' is what dropped the book to a two-star because up until then it rain pretty much on course for a teen horror from that time. But that wasn't a good one even by the standards of those days. I did not have said nostalgia for this book so I read it a bit more critically than I did The Mall, even though it's the same 1990's Point Horror teenage genre. All that said, for me at least, it wasn't great The Mall even with all of its problematic threads and there are quite a few. I'm also sad that Tawney was actually that dumb. :(

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    teacher's pet is a point horror novel about a girl named kate who goes to a weeklong writer's conference given by a famous horror novelist. her essay won a contest at her high school and so she gets to travel there with one of her teachers and attend classes and seminars. the conference (of course) takes place at a remote compound of cabins in the woods, where she is warned by the creepy guy who picks them up at the train station to stick to the trails and don't go far off into the woods because teacher's pet is a point horror novel about a girl named kate who goes to a weeklong writer's conference given by a famous horror novelist. her essay won a contest at her high school and so she gets to travel there with one of her teachers and attend classes and seminars. the conference (of course) takes place at a remote compound of cabins in the woods, where she is warned by the creepy guy who picks them up at the train station to stick to the trails and don't go far off into the woods because bad stuff happens out there~ this was not a bad book by any means. in fact, the ending was incredibly satisfying and really interesting. but, it was extremely, extremely far fetched. for a lot of different reasons. but i have to realize that this is a teen horror novel and so it's not supposed to make a lot of sense to adults. it's not supposed to be logical or true to life. it's just supposed to be a fun escape into the 90's teen horror world. and it was 👍🏼 so i really can't be bothered by little things like 'why wouldn't you just call the police?!' or the fact that this girl's parents let her go to a conference with a teacher and the teacher barely chaperoned her at all and wasn't even there half the time. because in all honesty, if the police were called, and the chaperone was up this girl's ass 24/7, the book wouldn't be nearly as "exciting." i think it's adorable that the teacher leading the conference's cat is named Pet and Pet is on the cover and the book is called teacher's pet 😭🐱 (this has nothing to to with anything about the actual story i'm just rambling)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Ever wonder how you get caught up in family drama by attending a writers conference? Richie Tankersley Cusick certainly can make this happen, atleast if you read the book. Our main character Kate goes to a writers conference, hoping to listen to one of the best horror writers of her time. Oh and she loves to be scared! A short story in which people have such an ease with each other, trust is easily built and definately broken. I loved the setting, having this conference in the woods. The scary g Ever wonder how you get caught up in family drama by attending a writers conference? Richie Tankersley Cusick certainly can make this happen, atleast if you read the book. Our main character Kate goes to a writers conference, hoping to listen to one of the best horror writers of her time. Oh and she loves to be scared! A short story in which people have such an ease with each other, trust is easily built and definately broken. I loved the setting, having this conference in the woods. The scary ghost stories shared around the camp fire. Tawney was a favourite of mine. I've never read point horror where there is a character like that. Sweet yet fully oblivious. Denzel was awesome, the way he continued to Crack jokes put of the blue - even with the darkness threatening him and his friends. Four stars, I always enjoy point horror books. This is published in the 90s so if you want to read you will have to hit up your second hand bookstore or try and find it online.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tarina Likes To Read

    Kate gets an exciting opportunity to attend a writer’s retreat that is being led by one of her favourite authors, Mr. William Drewe. However, Mr. Drewe doesn’t turn up to class. Everyone assumes that he is off on a drunken bender & his brother Gideon substitutes his class. Kate catches Gideon’s eyes & quickly becomes known as the teacher’s pet. But someone isn’t happy with this. Someone becomes insanely jealous & starts cutting up Kate’s clothes, sending her threatening messages & destroying her Kate gets an exciting opportunity to attend a writer’s retreat that is being led by one of her favourite authors, Mr. William Drewe. However, Mr. Drewe doesn’t turn up to class. Everyone assumes that he is off on a drunken bender & his brother Gideon substitutes his class. Kate catches Gideon’s eyes & quickly becomes known as the teacher’s pet. But someone isn’t happy with this. Someone becomes insanely jealous & starts cutting up Kate’s clothes, sending her threatening messages & destroying her log cabin. Who has it out for Kate? And what exactly happened to William? Is everything all as it seems? This book has a few things going for it - a camp setting, new friends, a missing teacher, the handsome Gideon, unsettling rumours & odd mysterious things happening around the camp. I was quickly pulled into the story & I quite liked it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I don't often like short fiction books, especially when they're meant for teen and younger readers. It seems too short to really tell a story with a good ending, and the storytelling is usually cheesy and cringey. But this one is different. I read this book many years ago, and have since gotten rid of it and picked it up a few times. Each time I find it, I feel sure that I remember how the story goes, so I leave it where it is. This time I brought it home with me, picked it up and didn't put it I don't often like short fiction books, especially when they're meant for teen and younger readers. It seems too short to really tell a story with a good ending, and the storytelling is usually cheesy and cringey. But this one is different. I read this book many years ago, and have since gotten rid of it and picked it up a few times. Each time I find it, I feel sure that I remember how the story goes, so I leave it where it is. This time I brought it home with me, picked it up and didn't put it down until the last page, and I surprised myself by what I really didn't remember. I'll admit that I like this book more than pretty much every Christopher Pike book I've read, and if I ever find another book by Richie, I'll be picking it up to try.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasha's Book Sematary

    This story started out really strong and I was really loving it. However the plot kept getting messy and there is a cringey autolove as well that I was not a fan of. Kate loves horror and wants to become a horror writer. She goes to a seminar to learn and attend a class by one of her favorite horror authors. However when she arrives at this camp/retreat where the seminar is taking place, she starts to feel like someone is watching her, following her. The mystery part was a good idea that did not This story started out really strong and I was really loving it. However the plot kept getting messy and there is a cringey autolove as well that I was not a fan of. Kate loves horror and wants to become a horror writer. She goes to a seminar to learn and attend a class by one of her favorite horror authors. However when she arrives at this camp/retreat where the seminar is taking place, she starts to feel like someone is watching her, following her. The mystery part was a good idea that did not succeed in my opinion because when trying to make it more intricate, it backfired and became messy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josh Stevens

    “I'll show you secrets if you stay...you'll never know if you run away.” . Needed a quick halloween read and this one caught my eye. A good teen horror read, very 90s with a lot of horror cliches (You’re being singled out and harassed by a crazy person, why would it be a good idea to go for a nighttime hike through some scary woods by yourself?!) but it was perfect for the season. . #90steenhorrorbooks #whathappenedtothecat #yahorror #youngadult “I'll show you secrets if you stay...you'll never know if you run away.” . Needed a quick halloween read and this one caught my eye. A good teen horror read, very 90s with a lot of horror cliches (You’re being singled out and harassed by a crazy person, why would it be a good idea to go for a nighttime hike through some scary woods by yourself?!) but it was perfect for the season. . #90steenhorrorbooks #whathappenedtothecat #yahorror #youngadult

  25. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Merry

    A great, brooding little horror that keeps you guessing right up to the climax and doesn't skimp on the creepiness. There are a couple of corny bits, and everyone falling for the protagonist is a total cliche, but for a story aimed at young teens, these are forgivable. Another gem from the Richie Tankersley Cusick vaults. A great, brooding little horror that keeps you guessing right up to the climax and doesn't skimp on the creepiness. There are a couple of corny bits, and everyone falling for the protagonist is a total cliche, but for a story aimed at young teens, these are forgivable. Another gem from the Richie Tankersley Cusick vaults.

  26. 5 out of 5

    curleduptoes

    My God! Just how these authors spin words to create such stories, is tough for me to comprehend. Point Horror books are all amazing, and this one was a complete entertainment. Throughout the book, I was unable to decide whether this was a story being weaved within a story or it was simply the plot. A fun read, and must read for all horror lovers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    kerry

    Twist Loved reading point horrors in my teens, great story Line. Richie always makes you feel part of the characters.great plot didn't see that coming. An unfinished love story noooooo Twist Loved reading point horrors in my teens, great story Line. Richie always makes you feel part of the characters.great plot didn't see that coming. An unfinished love story noooooo

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica Leigh

    Messyyyy, but not in a fun way. Messy in a convoluted wtf way. Cats, missing people, a teen at a writers camp who falls in love with the instructor (ew), fires, ghosts, possession, a love triangle, I could go on! Skimmed through the last half because it was so bizarre.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth Monk

    Meh. didn't really care for the caracters or the plot. then end was a big let down. Meh. didn't really care for the caracters or the plot. then end was a big let down.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Funny little book Good characters and s fab ending

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