I Know What You Did Last Summer is a suspense novel for young adults by Lois Duncan. A film adaptation loosely based on the novel was released in. I Know What You Did Last Summer book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Last summer, four terrified friends made a despera . osakeya.info: I Know What You Did Last Summer (Lois Duncan Thrillers) ( ): Lois Duncan: Books.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer [Lois Duncan] on osakeya.info Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially. I Know What You Did Last Summer () is a suspense novel for young adults by Lois Duncan. In an unnamed town, high school senior Julie James receives a . Order our I Know What You Did Last Summer Study Guide Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book.

This study guide contains the following sections: The mysterious clues come in a year after the accident. Julie gets a nondescript letter in the mail with only seven words on it that says, "I know what you did last summer. A short while later, Ray gets a similarly nondescript envelope in the mail that contains only a newspaper article about the accident. Finally, Barry gets a phone call to meet someone at the football field amid the firework celebration and gets shot. After each contact from the unknown person, Julie, Helen, Ray, and Barry talk to each other about who could be leaving these messages and what they all mean. Eventually, the details of what happened last summer come out. Barry was driving recklessly on a winding road with Helen next to him in the front seat. Ray and Julie were in the back seat making out. Coming around a corner too fast, Barry didn't see the boy, David Gregg, on the bike until it was too late and he was hit. Instead of stopping the car and helping, Barry continued down the road to a phone where they stopped so Ray could call the police.

However, someone knows their secret and that someone is determined to make them face up to the consequences of their actions. Their binding pact has held together for a year, partly out of the friendship they shared and mostly out of guilt, but when it becomes apparent that there is someone who is looking for revenge, it suddenly becomes deadly important that they face up to the truth, for their own sakes.

All four of the friends have tried to put the incident behind them and some are more successful than others.

Barry's only feelings about the incident lie in his fear of the consequences if his role were to be revealed and naive Helen has managed to deceive herself into believing that her world is perfect and nothing can go wrong for her.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (novel)

However, guilt remains a heavy burden for Julie, whose whole attitude towards life is tinged with memories of the incident, and when her former boyfriend Ray returns, searching for closure and prepared to face the consequences, the weak walls that she painstakingly built up around the memory are torn away.

Considering that the book is relatively short, spreading the narrative between four main characters seems like an unwise choice. Nevertheless, Lois Duncan somehow manages to get across the individual personalities of the characters very well and we even see some development in their characters. Furthermore, none of them are bland or generic, and even those who are relatively stereotypical make for strong interesting narrative voices. When I started, initially it appeared quite similar, but soon after I realised it was utterly different.

Added to which, the book itself was written in the 70s and set around that time, making the movie completely out of range. The characters have more depth, but equally are nothing like they are portrayed in the film.

The deaths are different, everything is diff As such a big fan of the film when I was younger, I was embarassed to find out that there was a book that had slipped by my radar. The deaths are different, everything is different!! It was written in a 'teenage' way but I think that's what appealed to me, and it gives the story a nostalgic feel.

I looked into Lois Duncan's bibiography and found a back catalogue of thrillers like this that I now want to read. Just so bizarre that i've never heard of her or this book before The plot was predictable and the characters were incredibly annoying. 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: 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. Lois Duncan wrote this book and several other horror-mystery-books for teenagers in the s.

In the storylines of her books caught up with her real life: The case was never solved. More than 20 years after it was published, this book was made into a Blockbuster-movie, following the success of "Scream". Duncan herself despises the movie because almost the whole story was changed a full list can be found on Wiki and the drama about four teenager struggling with their guilt and own conscience was turned into a slasher-movie. Nov 10, K. Trigger warnings: I honestly can't remember if I read this book as a teenager, but I definitely saw the movie and it scared the pants off me.

I rewatched the movie tonight after finishing the book, and this is one of the rare occasions where the mo Trigger warnings: I rewatched the movie tonight after finishing the book, and this is one of the rare occasions where the movie is a hell of a lot better than the book. So basically, a group of four teenagers are driving late one night when they hit and kill a kid riding his bike home.

They panic and drive off. A year later, one of them receives a note that says "I know what you did last summer". Creepiness ensues. This started off pretty solidly although it reminded me rather a lot of Chain Letter, which I reread not long ago , although I honestly think it would have been better if large chunks of this had been completely rewritten rather than just adding references to cell phones and GPS navigation to try and modernise a story written in the s.

Because yes, those references helped, but the attitudes of many characters to weight and marriage and women in the workplace were very antiquated and there were some clunky modern references - "she deejays on her webcast" was possibly my favourite.

It was indescribably predictable. There's not really any sense of actual tension. I mean, yeah, Barry gets shot.

But he doesn't die. Helen jumps out a window, but literally nothing happens to her. Even the villain is, like, conked on the head and still unconscious when the cops show up.

The stakes are very, very slow. There's more of a sense of uncertainty, and I have to say, I quite enjoyed that.

So I'm plonking this one firmly in middle of the road territory. If you think the movie was average, probs don't read this because it's definitely worse. 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 Know What You Did Last Summer - Lois Duncan

I liked the main char I've found that I love Lois Duncan's writing style, her stories, and her hidden layers, but this one fell a bit short. I liked the main character and her personality shone through pretty well. Since the pool of possibilities is narrow, the villain isn't a huge surprise.

I dug the twist about the flowers and it's false impressions, painting a potential hero as the ultimate enemy. Tension is present, although nothing heart-pounding. There's little gore and a lower body count than the movie. As with the film, the sister of a character is unlikeable, maybe even more so in written form.

The book is short so the pacing is fast, but there's not much space to draw anything out or dig too deeply into characterization. The opening of the book was interesting enough, although the center was the most rewarding, as it was going in different directions and actually building something.

Even with the ending being an anticlimactic rush, it's a passable book, even if it's not one of Duncan's best. I got this book because of the movie that I never watched. It seemed interesting, but reading the book made me feel so bored, I was positive that I would've actually turned into a board. That's how boring this book is. Mar 14, Trisha rated it really liked it. 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.

I didn't expect much to start with, I was just curious because I've seen the movie. Anyway, the voices the narrator did for certain characters were annoying.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

The characters themselves were flat and shallow and I didn't like any of them or care if when they died. There was very little to the plot and it ended too suddenly. Mar 22, Amy Y. 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 eve "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. They need to outsmart the killer before all of them dies before they even know it. In my opinion, I don't really like this book at all.

It wasn't very suspenseful, for my taste. In addition, it wasn't very scary. I am not a big fan of having teenagers trying to figure out who the killer was and undergo all of those crazy situations. I never like those kinds of books.

The beginning of the story was very slow as well, which made it more boring for me. If I would've rate this book on a scale between , I would give it 6 for effort but a 1 for orginatlity. Jun 10, Audrey Maran rated it it was ok.

I grabbed this at a used bookstore on a whim because I had no clue the movie was based on a book. In my experience, horror stories do not transfer well to film sometimes, so I thought I would see if the book is any good. It is actually worse than the movie. Didn't think that was possible?

Then be prepared to have your mind blown, because it is. Least likable characters of all time.

Sometimes, an author does that purposely, and I love that. In this case, I don't think it was deliberate. On top of I grabbed this at a used bookstore on a whim because I had no clue the movie was based on a book. On top of that, Lois Duncan is absolutely obsessed with beauty.

There were characters where the actual reason for one character not liking another was because they were 'dumpy and pudgy and not at all as pretty as her sister. Mar 21, Susan Mackie Powers rated it it was ok. 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 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. One year later, they all begin receiving contact from someone who claims to know what they did.

One by one, they figure out who is threatening them. Will they survive? To be honest, I cared so little for the characters that it didn't matter Oct 26, Paula Brandon rated it really liked it. 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?

I enjoyed the movie as a throwback to 80s style horror, and the Sarah Michelle Gellar chase scene is a ripper!

The scene with Helen in the book as she tries to escape the killer was tension-filled too! The plot twist here was great - I didn't see it coming at all. Aug 23, Quill Ampersand Key rated it liked it. 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 mids, but I Know What You Did Last Summer and the film adaptation shined the spotlight on her work and had teens passing her books around twenty-five years later.

Jul 03, Katie rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

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. So seriously, nauseatingly terrible. Jun 08, Emily rated it did not like it. I remember loving this book as a 7th grader. Oh, how my tastes have changed. It was so bad.

Nothing happens: The only interesting part is what everyone already knows about the story. Oct 01, Jessica rated it it was ok Shelves: 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?!

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. It would have been more fun to read the original. Great horror book for anyone who loves mysteries and horror combined! May 22, Thomas Schneider rated it liked it. Personal Response: The only injury that anyone had was when Barry when he got shot. Helen also seemed to die but it never specified it just said she jumped out the window of a second story apartment complex.

I mostly thought that the book focused too little on the detail of the damages some people incurred. The book mostly felt like backstory of people and the Personal Response: The book mostly felt like backstory of people and the fact they ran over and killed a kid while under the use of substances. Plot Summary: The story starts with Julie and her mom talking about how she got accepted to a university. Julie ended up reading a letter that wrote someone knew what she did last summer.

Julie learned that Ray had returned from his excursion to California. Duncan paints in rather simple blacks and whites, with limited depth to her characters -- though their different trajectories plus that of, for example, Helen's far less successful older sister are interesting enough that this doesn't matter too much.

Occasionally, the shallowness of the characters is problematic, especially when Barry repeatedly lies and gets jealous, for little reason and without asking for an explanation ; a bit more communication among the four and things likely wouldn't have turned out nearly so badly.

Julie's mother's premonitions of really bad things happening is also a painfully artificial way of creating suspense: The clues, about what might be happening, are okay, and the final explanation and twist is fine, making for a reasonably suspenseful guilt-ridden thriller, but the writing and some of the plotting is very, very basic.

Some changes were necessary -- indeed, the fundamental twist in the book couldn't readily be replicated on screen -- but readers should be aware that the film is quite fundamentally different.

Note also that the new edition is a revised one: It probably would have been fine to leave things be; it doesn't sound much more contemporary -- but then the fundamental and important parts of the novel, the guilt amd the threat that gradually takes shape, are fairly timeless.

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