Creepy Friends

Creepy Friends

by Ronnie Stich


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Kathy and Alicia attend the same middle school but hardly know each other. Alicia is on the student council and does everything she can to fit in. Kathy is a smart, rebellious, fashionable girl that isn't very concerned about what other kids think of her, or her interest in the paranormal. So when Kathy discovers that Alicia is struggling with a terrible secret haunting, she appoints herself as the bossy lead investigator on the case.

The girls learn to work together to investigate the surprising history on Alicia's home while having a lot of fun at the same time. With the help of Kathy's eccentric aunt Marilyn and a nervous teacher named Mr. Walsh, the two girls from different backgrounds will face some unexpected twists and turns in their pursuit of the truth. And they may learn to make some rather creepy new friends along the way!

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ISBN-13: 9780692214169
Publisher: V.C. Stich Book Series
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Series: Creepy Friends , #1
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Creepy Friends 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gary Stout for Readers' Favorite When thirteen-year-old Ally is confronted with what may be a ghost haunting her bedroom in Ronnie Stich’s new novel Creepy Friends, she does what anyone would do: she freaks out. After all, that just isn’t something that a normal girl who constantly struggles to fit in at school should have to put up with, is it? However, it seems she’s not the only one with this problem and Ally becomes unlikely allies with Kathy, the 'strange' girl at school, in order to discover just what is causing the loud bumps and bangs in the night. Together, they enlist Kathy's Aunt Marilyn and Mr. Walsh, a teacher from school, both of whom have a vested interest in the disturbances, at the same time trying to ignore the taunts of the rest of the school that they're both 'creepy.' Oh, and of course they need to prevent her parents from finding out what they're up to, all while struggling to solve the mystery.   Creepy Friends is an entertaining novella directed towards young adults, though children may also find it enjoyable. Catchy dialog, a fun plot, and memorable characters who suffer the typical angst of that age group carry the story along. The suspense ebbs and flows as the young women find plenty of obstacles in their path to solving the mystery. Along the way, Ally learns several of life’s important lessons to help her deal with school, her peers, her family, and even her view of herself. Overall, a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, said it best when he metaphorically likened high school to Hell. If this is the case, then junior high must be Hell’s antechamber; some sort of purgatory in reverse, where our innocence is stripped away and we begin to get a glimpse of the terrors that lie ahead. Creepy Friends, by Ronnie Stich, captures this moment through the eyes of her heroine, Alicia, whose fears that her house may be haunted make her the subject of derision among her classmates, including her best friend since childhood. The only person who believes her is the cool but ostracized, Kathy. Having had her own experiences with the paranormal and offering a way to help, Kathy puts Alicia in an uncomfortable position: as much as she wants the help Kathy so tantalizingly offers, Alicia knows her popularity will suffer if they’re seen together. Forced to choose between something all teenagers value – their reputation – and the solution to a problem she cannot solve on her own, Alicia reluctantly befriends Kathy, and inevitably discovers that learning to understand what we fear, or hate, or judge, leads to acceptance. The Young Adult genre seems to get a bad reputation, and not always without cause. Stich created no stock characters, giving each of them enough depth to feel fully developed and well rounded. In any genre, it is too easy to fall into the trap of making the protagonists bland in an effort to make them appealing to the reader. Alicia escapes this pitfall, in that she is not always likeable. She can be thoughtless, rude to those who do not deserve it, judgmental, and self-centered. These flaws can be chalked up to her age, however, and do not make her so unlikeable that we are unable to understand, or empathize with her. Likewise, her story doesn’t come full circle, to be tied up with a neat bow as though all her shortcomings have been magically corrected. Alicia still has room to grow, and it is satisfying to see this acknowledged, but she travels far enough that we know that by the time she gets to high school, those four years in hell will be nothing. The pace moves quickly, and is never boring. Some elements are so intriguing that you can tell Stich has a wealth of notes regarding the societies of the undead that go far beyond what she showed to us. There is no indication whether or not Stich intends to extend this book into a series but it could easily become one, and should. It would also translate well to the screen, big or small. In any format, seeing more of this world would be appealing. This is a book about lessons, but it isn’t heavy handed. Stich doesn’t moralize to get her point across, and she doesn’t need to. Her readers will recognize the emotions and the social pressures from their own experiences. They understand that there is a hierarchy; that life is not fair; and that your best friend today may hurt you horribly tomorrow. The lesson of Creepy Friends is imparted through the medium (pun intended) of the denizens of the spirit world is fitting. We go to school to learn, but also to face our demons; it is only by doing so that we can truly learn who we are, and who we will be. - Kimberlee Hicks, Hollywood Book Review