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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great Book -- Very Satisfied

For me, this had a lot of elements that I think make a really good book. Many YA books I get are unfortunately lacking quality writing, but I thought this book was pretty well-written...as in, there were no moments where I cringed and thought 'bad fanfic.' Another thing...
For me, this had a lot of elements that I think make a really good book. Many YA books I get are unfortunately lacking quality writing, but I thought this book was pretty well-written...as in, there were no moments where I cringed and thought 'bad fanfic.' Another thing I liked, though I know some people probably won't, was the fact that it wasn't G-rated. There was swearing, sex jokes, etc., which I actually appreciated. Many YA books concerning teenagers skirt around these things. As a teenager who regularly hangs out with other teenagers, I thought the non-G rating made it a little more believable.

Some people said the characters were stereotypes...I disagree. I think they *could* have easily been stereotypes (the player, the goth, the brain, the clown), if the book was only in one person's POV. But I thought the multiple POVs provided insight into each of the characters that gave them depth. No, the book is not super-scary or gory, especially for horror-movie fans like myself, but it is suspenseful; once or twice I got so sucked into the tension in the book that little noises around me made me jump.

Basically, if you're looking for a good, quick read, with good writing, plot, and characters, I recommend this book.

posted by mixolydian320 on March 22, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not What I Was Expecting

I was honestly astonished at the number of four and five star reviews here, raving about how wonderful "Project 17" is. Okay, so the idea of it is great. A haunted asylum that six kids break into to film a movie about their experience...you know the story by now. It cou...
I was honestly astonished at the number of four and five star reviews here, raving about how wonderful "Project 17" is. Okay, so the idea of it is great. A haunted asylum that six kids break into to film a movie about their experience...you know the story by now. It could be terrifying. The book has the potential to be extremely scary......but it's not. The setting isn't very well defined, and the "scares" are few and far between and not exactly that scary. And I'm very, very easily scared - I cannot watch horror movies of any sort without being a nervous wreck for the next few nights, or even weeks.

The characters, like the setting, had the potential to be great. But they were rather two dimensional and not well developed. All the subplots about their relationships don't exactly help the story along.

Definitely not a book to buy. Borrow? Maybe. But if you want scary, this isn't it. This is a drama with a bit of a mystery.

(I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could rate with half stars here.)

posted by untiltheend on October 12, 2009

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Not What I Was Expecting

    I was honestly astonished at the number of four and five star reviews here, raving about how wonderful "Project 17" is. Okay, so the idea of it is great. A haunted asylum that six kids break into to film a movie about their experience...you know the story by now. It could be terrifying. The book has the potential to be extremely scary......but it's not. The setting isn't very well defined, and the "scares" are few and far between and not exactly that scary. And I'm very, very easily scared - I cannot watch horror movies of any sort without being a nervous wreck for the next few nights, or even weeks.

    The characters, like the setting, had the potential to be great. But they were rather two dimensional and not well developed. All the subplots about their relationships don't exactly help the story along.

    Definitely not a book to buy. Borrow? Maybe. But if you want scary, this isn't it. This is a drama with a bit of a mystery.

    (I'd give it 2.5 stars if I could rate with half stars here.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Not good!

    I didnt have the drive to finish the book! I love laurie stolarz and her books but she didnt do a very good job on this one. I wouldnt suggest this book to anyone

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    Decent

    I went into this book thinking it would be a good night thriller but it wasnt at all. The book was decent kind of boring for me. Nothing big happened, i feel that it was a waste of money and time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Not great.

    I picked up the book because I liked it's cover, and I seem to make this mistake often. The idea of the story was really cool, a bunch of teenagers sneaking into an abandoned insane asylum to make a film, but it wasn't done to well at all. The characters were all so horribly stereotypical, boring, and lacking in any depth that I was just about ready to rip all of my hair out.

    Some parts that were supposed to be scary were seriously corny too. Some honestly did scare me, but most just made me roll my eyes.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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