This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here OK, I ll admit it I purposely procrastinated finishing this book so I could include it for my 2015 Reading Challenge I did it, and I have no shame Now that I ve gotten that out of the way, back to What Holly Heard It was a pretty good Fear Street book, even though I was able to predict who the killer was.Plot Synopsis Holly Silva is the biggest gossip in Shadyside High Her friends, Miriam and Ruth, have become accustomed to Holly s gossip, even though Ruth strongly disapproves of Holly s g OK, I ll admit it I purposely procrastinated finishing this book so I could include it for my 2015 Reading Challenge I did it, and I have no shame Now that I ve gotten that out of the way, back to What Holly Heard It was a pretty good Fear Street book, even though I was able to predict who the killer was.Plot Synopsis Holly Silva is the biggest gossip in Shadyside High Her friends, Miriam and Ruth, have become accustomed to Holly s gossip, even though Ruth strongly disapproves of Holly s gossipy ways But then, Holly hears something she shouldn t have heardand now she and her friends know someone s deep dark secret When Holly is murdered, Miriam and Ruth begin to fear for their lives How far will the killer go to protect their secret The plot had some nice twists in it and the final confrontation was very nice However, during the third act of the book, I already had suspicions that view spoiler Ruth was the killer But her monologue to Miriam and final showdown with her were very nice and gave her character some depth She s also one of thedisturbed of the Fear Street killers I mean, she bashed her hamsters to death with a hammer hide spoiler But now, time for the negatives I m not sure if Holly was supposed to be horrible, but she really came off as that Besides her gossip, she strung her boyfriend Gary along when she clearly favored Noah She even went as far as to dress provocatively at a party to grab his attention Oh, and did I mention that Noah has a girlfriend Yeah, Holly s kind of awful But besides that, What Holly Heard was a pretty good Fear Street story The plot was interesting, the twist was decent, and the characters were pretty interesting I recommend this to any Fear Street fan Pros The interesting plot, the good twists, and the depth of the villain s motivations.Cons Holly s bad characterization and the fact that you might be able to predict who the killer is Do you want to hear a secretHolly did She learned a terrible secret, and now her friends know it tooSomeone want to make sure they never talk about it Someone who ll go to any length to keep them quietLyingThreadsEven murder Many of the same plot devices that Stine uses in his other books are found here, but they re done much better Nothing specifically the red herrings seemed forced or unbelievable The characters, most of whom I actually liked in this book except for Holly view spoiler I m glad she dies and for the reason that she does hide spoiler , seem reasonably realistic There was only one part that I thought was incredibly stupid view spoiler When Mei and Noah are trying to convince Miriam that Many of the same plot devices that Stine uses in his other books are found here, but they re done much better Nothing specifically the red herrings seemed forced or unbelievable The characters, most of whom I actually liked in this book except for Holly view spoiler I m glad she dies and for the reason that she does hide spoiler , seem reasonably realistic There was only one part that I thought was incredibly stupid view spoiler When Mei and Noah are trying to convince Miriam that they didn t kill her mom, Mei actually says that she would kill for Noah and smiles Why would you do that if you were trying to convince someone you didn t kill your mother view spoiler hide spoiler hide spoiler I didn t expect it how the ending turned out. R.L Stine s What Holly Heard imposes the fearfulness of what goes on throughout Holly s high school days Stine s What Holly Heard mesmerized me with its spookiness and scary style The theme of this book is to never go around spreading rumors because you never know what may happen down the road Holly is the main character and is the gossip seaker who hears the latest news about everyone Ruth is one of Holly s friends and is the most shy and doesn t say a lot Miriam is also another one of Hol R.L Stine s What Holly Heard imposes the fearfulness of what goes on throughout Holly s high school days Stine s What Holly Heard mesmerized me with its spookiness and scary style The theme of this book is to never go around spreading rumors because you never know what may happen down the road Holly is the main character and is the gossip seaker who hears the latest news about everyone Ruth is one of Holly s friends and is the most shy and doesn t say a lot Miriam is also another one of Holly s friends The setting of this book takes place at a high school called Shadyside High The setting feels real to me in my perspective because it does take place at an high school and can relate in my life today The plot around this story is that Holly has learned a terrible secret about someone and now her friends Ruth and Miriam know about it too But someone, we dont know yet wants to make sure that she would never talk about it and is willing to go to any extreme lengths like threats or even murder to keep her quiet just so she will not say the secret I think this book does relate to issues today because there is gossip and rumors that spread to one another everyday.I think this book overall is a great book Its a book that has you on your toes to keep reading and reading I like how every chapter I read I determined something new so it always kept me wondering what was going to happen next I recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and surprise This was a perfectly alright book I thought it did a good job of making you question who the murderer was Given how many potential enemies Holly had, it literally could have been anybody and I would have found it believable Certain explanations could have usedwork, but for the most part, I was happy with who the killer was The most horrifying part of the book had to be view spoiler Ruth beating her hamsters to death with a hammer to frame Mei and Noah hide spoiler Those were cl This was a perfectly alright book I thought it did a good job of making you question who the murderer was Given how many potential enemies Holly had, it literally could have been anybody and I would have found it believable Certain explanations could have usedwork, but for the most part, I was happy with who the killer was The most horrifying part of the book had to be view spoiler Ruth beating her hamsters to death with a hammer to frame Mei and Noah hide spoiler Those were clearly the actions of a psychotic person.The only thing I really didn t like was view spoiler Jed s secret being that he was taking steroids It was very predictable and I knew it was going down that route from the start hide spoiler The situation seemed a little too cheesy PSA for me, like those Lifetime movies they make with teenagers making bad life decisions Holly is the biggest gossip at Shadyside High, just ask her two best friends Miriam and Ruth Holly should be happy cheering on the Shadyside Tigers with her friends and devoted boyfriend Gary, but all she can think of is Noahtoo bad he s dating Mei But then Holly overhears Mei threatening to end her Mom s lifeand when her mother turns up dead the next morning Miriam thinks it s time to pull in the authorities Holly disagreesthen she ends up dead Everyone is a suspect because no one Holly is the biggest gossip at Shadyside High, just ask her two best friends Miriam and Ruth Holly should be happy cheering on the Shadyside Tigers with her friends and devoted boyfriend Gary, but all she can think of is Noahtoo bad he s dating Mei But then Holly overhears Mei threatening to end her Mom s lifeand when her mother turns up dead the next morning Miriam thinks it s time to pull in the authorities Holly disagreesthen she ends up dead Everyone is a suspect because no one liked Holly s loose lips This volume was a major disappointment With only two deaths and then a hamster murder, this book was short on horror and even the suspense was poorly devised The red herring was too glaringly obvious to be taken seriously and the big reveal was orchestrated too early on to be a shock A disappointing addition to the series I read this book when I was pretty young needless to say it scared the crap out of me Very grisly for a teen book. This is the best book I ve read It s amazing This year near Christmas, my brother found my old stash of Fear Street books, and I have seldom been happier by a book s or a group of books return These books were my childhood I have countless memories of reading Fear Street books on Saturday afternoons after my dad had taken me to Books a Million to buy the latest I read almost all of them Yesterday, feeling sad remembering my father, who died only three months ago, and in need of something silly to read, I grabbed What Holly Heard fro This year near Christmas, my brother found my old stash of Fear Street books, and I have seldom been happier by a book s or a group of books return These books were my childhood I have countless memories of reading Fear Street books on Saturday afternoons after my dad had taken me to Books a Million to buy the latest I read almost all of them Yesterday, feeling sad remembering my father, who died only three months ago, and in need of something silly to read, I grabbed What Holly Heard from my bookshelf I read the whole thing pretty quickly, and I loved it R.L Stine has a way of drawing you into the story and characters I also understood anew why I loved these books so much as a kid Stine wrote dialogue teens would actually say, having the girls all talk about boys and high school, while telling a good scary story In the mind of a 10 year old, high school is so grown up, so reading these stories about 17 year old girls driving cars and dating cute boys while escaping a killer was thrilling to 10 year old me The story in this one builds well I really did not know how it would end and was surprised by the twist Jed s situation is pretty obvious, but I m speaking as an adult, and these books were meant for children All in all, I recommend this one, and I m excited to be re visiting a much loved part of my childhood