“To Die For” by Christopher Pike is another combination of two books that were published together. The books are “Sleepover” and “Weekend”. Neither story had I read before but I enjoyed them both very much.
“Sleepover” is the first book in “To Die For” and it is about a group of girls who goes on a ski trip with plans to meet up with a friend they haven’t seen in a long time. The main character’s name is Lara. She drives up to the mountains with her friend Dana and her new friend Celeste. They are meeting with another group that drove up, Rachel and Mindy and the place they are meeting is their old friend Nell’s home. We quickly find out that Nell is disfigured from being burned and there are hints that the accident occurred while the group was together. Bits and pieces of the story soon come together so that we find out that the group hasn’t been all together pretty much since the accident. We also learn that Nell wasn’t the only one affected by the fire – she was just the one who survived. There is a lot of bickering between the friends and it is made clear quite quickly that they aren’t all close. Rachel and Lara seem to be constantly competing. Almost immediately at the resort, things aren’t as they seem. There were the usual twists and turns that I come to expect from a Christopher Pike novel, but I found the book to be a little predictable, although still worth the read.
“Weekend” is the second book in “To Die For” and is about a group of friends who go on a weekend getaway. The main character in this book is named Shani. There is a pretty big group at the getaway. There are Kerry and Angie, Robin and Lena, Park, Sol, Bert, and Flynn. We learn very rapidly that there are love triangles aplenty in this story and another secret. Christopher Pike does love to have his big secrets. In this book, Robin and Lena are sisters, although both were adopted, and they are the ones hosting this weekend getaway. Robin is suffering from kidney failure and it is unclear exactly how this came about. All the reader knows is that there was a party, an accident, and suddenly Robin is dying a slow death while she waits to see if a kidney becomes available. The group gets together and suddenly a lot of weird stuff starts to happen. The weekend getaway starts to turn into a nightmare and until the truth comes out, no one will be safe. I enjoyed this book better than “Sleepover” and I would definitely recommend it.
I do like the way that these books are put together. They are a fun read and personally, when I pick up Christopher Pike’s books I’m thrown through time — once again I am an elementary school student who thinks it is just the coolest thing that I have my own library card. I think that Christopher Pike’s novels – pretty much any of them – would appeal to a wide range of readers. They are geared towards young adults for the most part, but that just means you eat through them all that much faster.