trope: Oh you wacky kids with your hi-jinks and your pranks

“You say you found a corpse of a thirteen year old girl on the beach? Oh, you’re just pulling my leg.”

When the protagonist experiences something genuinely frightening, such as finding a corpse, or that someone has been in their room while they were home alone, and it is treated as an attention-seeking prank.

Or, when something is done that is written off as a prank or a joke, but is actually pretty damned spiteful.

The Invitation by Diane Hoh

Recap #45: The Invitation by Diane Hoh

Dove recaps The Invitation by Diane Hoh where a bunch of unfortunates are invited to the coolest party of the year… as the victims. It’s like The Purge, only less happens and nobody cares.

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The Waitress by Sinclair Smith

Recap #33: The Waitress by Sinclair Smith

Title: The Waitress by Sinclair Smith Summary: The food is great. The service is deadly. Dying for a good meal?

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Help Wanted by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #30: Help Wanted by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps Help Wanted by Richie Tankersley Cusick and has to resort to bullet points, as this book has a lot going on, most of which is silly, pointless, or offensive.

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13 Tales of Horror

Recap #25: 13 Tales of Horror Part One

Title: 13 Tales of Horror edited by T Pines Summary: Can you face your worst nightmare? These thirteen horror stories guarantee

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Defriended by Ruth Baron

Recap #22: Defriended by Ruth Baron

Dove recaps Defriended by Ruth Baron, which was written by the one person on the planet who has never heard of catfishing, and actually expects us to believe that the dead use Facebook. In a series known for being a massive tease when it comes to the supernatural. Ruth Baron can just fuck off. I hate this book.

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Beach Party by R. L. Stine

Recap #21: Beach Party by R.L. Stine

Title: BEACH PARTY by R.L. Stine (Not to be confused with BEACH HOUSE, which we already recapped. Unfortunately.) [Dove: What

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The Mall by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #20: The Mall by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps The Mall by Richie Tankersley Cusick, which is literally the best and worst thing Cusick has ever written. This causes Dove to explode with rage. Several times.

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The Witness by R. L. Stine

Recap #19: The Witness by R.L. Stine

Title: The Witness Summary: This summer’s going to be a real killer… Sand, surf sun… Roxie lives for the summer

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April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #18: April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps April Fools by Richie Tankersley Cusick, wherein we meet the worst characters Cusick has ever dreamed up, Hildy and Frank. And then we pray for their deaths.

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Teacher's Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #17: Teacher’s Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps the garbled mess that is Teacher’s Pet by Richie Tankersley Cusick. It may suck, but at least it has a cat in it.

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Arcadia 3: The Pool by T. S. Rue

Recap #11: Arcadia 3: The Pool by T. S. Rue

Dove recaps the very best in the Arcadia series, #3: The Pool by T. S. Rue, where we have irresponsible lifeguards, slack work ethics, surprise returned-from-the-dead characters, and also MOTHERFUCKING PIRANHAS. Yes, you read that right. PIRANHAS. This book is the greatest.

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The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Recap #9: The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick

Dove recaps The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick, a book so painfully obvious, it practically announces the killer on the first page. But, you know, red herrings, hot cheerful boys, intense quiet boys, and people who run away to privately owned islands. Your standard baffling Cusick fare.

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Funhouse by Diane Hoh

Recap #1: Funhouse by Diane Hoh

Dove recaps Funhouse by Diane Hoh, wherein the lead character isn’t a wet rag with the intelligence of rotten milk, the setting is pretty cool, and Gina, the BFF, rocks. Sadly, this will be the last time we enjoy such luxuries. Bit of a shame this is the case on recap #1.

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