I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer One evening last summer a young boy was run over and killed by accident and the four young people responsible say nothing But someone does know what happened that night and is intent on getting reveng

  • Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Author: Lois Duncan
  • ISBN: 9781907410604
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer

    One evening last summer a young boy was run over and killed by accident and the four young people responsible say nothing But someone does know what happened that night and is intent on getting revenge on them all.

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    1. Joe Valdez

      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 book generates a terrific amount of suspense and delivers a satisfying payoff [...]

    2. Kelly (and the Book Boar)

      Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/3.5 StarsWelcome to . . . . I decided to take a break from my usual selections . . . . And read listen to this oldie-but-goodie to celebrate my favorite time of year . . . (Spoiler Alert: He’s really going to murder her for being a basic white bitch.)After having a pretty meh time with Killing Mr. Griffin during Banned Book Week, I set my expectations super low before starting this one. Imagine my delight when I ended up really enjoying it. The basic pr [...]

    3. Darth J

      Okay guys, I read this book when I was in fourth grade (when the movie came out) so my recollection will be a little bit foggy. Just go with me on this, okay? (view spoiler)[Yes, I was 9 when I read this. Can you believe that Accelerated Reader didn't even give a quiz for this back in the day? Pfft! (hide spoiler)]So the plot of this story centers on Julie James (view spoiler)[ I knew a girl with the same name in high school who snitched on her whole science class about cheating on some exam and [...]

    4. Rebecca McNutt

      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.

    5. Christian Guzman

      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 more 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 quite entertaining, but it lacked suspense for me. At first I foun [...]

    6. Diego Sanchez

      3.5 stars As plenty of you, I know this movie since I think it is one of the most representatives from the 90's and one of my favorites may I say, since it has an iconic cast and I found it fun and suspenseful as well. Sadly, if you are looking to see the movie turning into a book you will be wrong (As me) and here are my thoughts:*Plot/Development: This book tells us the story of four teenagers who are involved in an accident, that ends up wrong since it turns for them to kill someone. Months l [...]

    7. ChunderHog

      !!WARNING THIS WARNING CONTAINS A SPOILER THAT THIS BOOK WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE.!!Hopefully you didn't just read that. For those of you who were smart enough to skip that spoiler you can now read in confidence knowing that you will not be told that the book was made into a movie. You will live in happy naivety thinking that the book is a self-contained form of media in which this narrative lives. Unfortunately, you will be wrong.Since I have neither read the book, nor seen the movie. I can safely [...]

    8. Karschtl

      Four kids drive home after a high-school-party, everyone - including the driver - a bit intoxicated and tipsy. Then happens what always happens in such situations: an accident on a dark road. They knocked over a young boy, riding with his bicycle. For fear of the police they don't administer first aid but instead do a hit-and-run.One year later - they've almost forgotten the incident - they're reminded of it via mysterious letters. Someone outside of their circle seems to know their dark secret. [...]

    9. Emily

      Wow. I remember loving this book as a 7th grader. Oh, how my tastes have changed. It was so bad. Nothing happens: boring, boring, boring! The only interesting part is what everyone already knows about the story.

    10. Trisha

      I loved this guilty pleasure read. I thought it was different from the movie,but then again I couldn't really remember the movie. I think I was just in the mood for some mystery and silly suspense.

    11. Amy Y.

      "I Know What You Did Last Summer" is about these 4 teenagers named Barry, Julie, Ray and Helen had all coped with one little secret they had tragically kept for their whole summer. As things began to clear up, Julie recieves a threatning message Immediately, Julie knew that someone has figured out her secret, a deadly secret. Julie and her friends undergo obstacles to find the messenger and put a end to their nightmares. They need to outsmart the killer before all of them dies before they even k [...]

    12. Susan Mackie Powers

      I was not at all impressed with this book. The movie was cheesy, but fun, but the book was just silly. For one thing, none of the characters were likable; they just seemed like stereotypes of the different cliques we all knew in high school: the beauty, the jock, the brain, and the nice guy. The four main characters were out partying and driving too fast, when a little boy on a bike suddenly appeared in the road ahead of them. They hit the boy, and kept right on driving to save their own necks. [...]

    13. Paula Brandon

      Yes, I saw the movie before I read the book, but I knew who Lois Duncan was, as I'd already read Daughters Of Eve and Killing Mr. Griffin and loved them. I really enjoyed this one too. I understand Lois Duncan was very upset at the movie version - but what was she expecting? (view spoiler)[In the book, two characters turn out to be the same person, but there's no way to translate that to film! I enjoyed the movie as a throwback to 80s style horror, and the Sarah Michelle Gellar chase scene is a [...]

    14. Quill Ampersand Key

      It’s been a year since Julie, Ray, Barry, and Helen accidentally killed a young boy. They ran over him in the dead of night and left him for dead, swearing never to speak of the incident again. But someone knows. Someone, who is now sending the four teens threatening messages…Lois Duncan had been writing thrillers and horror stories since the mid-60s, but I Know What You Did Last Summer and the 1997 film adaptation shined the spotlight on her work and had teens passing her books around twent [...]

    15. Katie

      I slogged through this disaster because of its short audio version. Just horrible -- excruciating and outdated. The bad guy was so obvious, I was sure it was a red herring. And they tried to "update" it for modern audiences by throwing in some cell phones (always on chargers or left behind), CD players (😂😂😂), a GPS and swapping out Vietnam for Iraq. So seriously, nauseatingly terrible.

    16. Jessica

      Not much to say to be honest, I think I may prefer her later books when I read them. I originally thought the book was from the late 80's, so when it was said Bud was an older guy who went to Vietnam, I was like "Daaaaamn, how much older?!"

    17. Josiah

      If I were to describe Lois Duncan's writing style after reading only this book, I might say she's something like Robert Cormier, only much softer around the edges. The dangers to her characters don't feel as intense or physically sickening, stress building until the immediacy of the coming crisis sits as heavy in the reader's stomach as if it were actually happening to him or her. Though the plot of I Know What You Did Last Summer is, at least on paper, similar to a few Cormier novels, Lois Dunc [...]

    18. Natalie

      I was disappointed that changes were made to make this book more modern! Trying to update this book with mentions of email, texting, and the Iraq war (instead of Vietnam) really didn't work. The world view, etc. is too deeply seventies. It would have been more fun to read the original.

    19. Mehsi

      So my group on started the Blind Date Challenge again, and my partner and I picked this book. I was really interesting in this one, I heard a lot about the book and the movie, so I was curious if it was really as good as everyone said.Sadly, it was not. It started off pretty good though, and I was really exited to read the book. The changing POVs were done really well (every chapter we had a different character), and the story was interesting. However as the book progressed I started to dislike [...]

    20. CarolynStorer

      As with many of you, I watched the movie 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' many years ago and didn't realise it was actually based on a novel. I say based loosely as the film doesn't really have much to do with the book - whereas the film is much more in the 'horror' genre, the book is just a light thriller.It was originally written in 1973 but I read the newly revised edition published by Atom. I'm not fond of revised books. I much prefer to read the original version, I don't like the idea of a [...]

    21. Liz Sealey

      In I know what you did last summer, the four main characters, Ray, Barry, Helen, Julie find themselves in a rather horrifying accident. The four college kids are driving late at night and they accidentally hit a young boy, who was crossing the street at that time. A year later, unexplainable murders begin to take place, this eventually takes a huge toll on them physiologically and one by one they become partly insane. I think Lois Duncan did a good job of setting up a suspenseful storyline espec [...]

    22. Mark

      English 425 Submitter’s name: Mark PlaugherBook Bank Book Bank subject: Power PlayerReference information: Title: “I Know What You Did Last Summer”Author: Lois DuncanPublisher: Little, Brown and Company Year: 1973# of pages: 199 Genre: Fiction NovelReading level Interest level: Middle School studentsPotential hot lava: Nothing out of the ordinaryGeneral response/reaction:I had seen the movie before I had read the book so I knew somewhat what the story was about. The book however, w [...]

    23. Jessica

      My mother recommended this book to me. She's not a reader, but she did remember that she read this in Junior High and that she liked it. I read it because now it's something that we have in common. The feel of this book reminded me instantly of Richard Peck's Are You in the House Alone? mixed with a teenaged version of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. There are differences as well. It isn't exactly how I just described it, but all three have the anonymous threatening letters involved [...]

    24. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

      I've found that I love Lois Duncan's writing style, her stories, and her hidden layers, but this one fell a bit short. It's ironic since out of the stories I've read of hers, this is inferior, but it's the most popular because of the movie.The film, by the way, is much different. We don't get a hand hook killer tracking down the teenagers. Here it's a mini mystery. The ending is rather simple and cheesy. Backstory is depressing, you feel for the victim and the consequences. I liked the main char [...]

    25. Marcus Simon

      This book is about some teenagers that went camping but the bad thing that happened when they were coming back home for their trip, there was a little boy on a bike who drove on the road. And the kids were drunk when they were driving so they didnt see him. So the teenagers hit the little boy on the bike, and they did kill that little boy. They made a pact to never tell anyone about it or ever bring it up again. It was working to, until this one little note that changed their lives forever.On th [...]

    26. Chrissy

      I first picked up this book because it was on sale in the nook book store. I knew of the movie and thought I'd see if the book was any good. Let me preface the rest of this review by saying I almost refused to finish it. Perhaps it's that I'm no longer the young adult demographic that this is written for (although I enjoyed The Hunger Games so YA fiction is not totally lost on me) but I thought this was some of the worst writing I have ever had the displeasure of coming across. For a book that c [...]

    27. Tanner Haws

      I Know What You Did Last Summer is set in a small seaside village. The four main characters, Julie, Barry, Helen , and Ray, are teenage friends who get into trouble on the fourth of July after their senior year. The group is driving down a winding road when they hit and kill a man who is standing in the road. The teenagers decide that the best way to avoid getting into trouble for the incident is to dump the body in the nearby ocean. Just as the group drops the body into the water the eyes snap [...]

    28. Mike

      Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer was a nonstop thrill ride. From the first chapter to the last, I was captivated by the chilling story involving a group of teens who accidentally killed a boy.This book was about four teens that were partying one night and hit a young boy. They were drinking and decided to keep the whole incident a secret, until they begin to get threatening messages form an anonymous person. They went their separate ways after the accident, but now they must unite [...]

    29. Elizabeth

      So this is an example in which the movie is better than the book. Like WAY better. I added this to my book club list because I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of my favorite horror movies. I just love the cast, and the story, and it's just SO good and a forever favorite. I thought that the book would be just as good, but in my opinion, it SO wasn't.Maybe it's the fact that it was written so long ago. I do think that things that were really scary back in the day probably aren't as scary now. [...]

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