Monday, April 4, 2016

C: Christopher Pike & CHAIN LETTER

This month, I'm participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme: authors whose work I read when I was younger. Each post will come with a quote and some details and thoughts about something I read by this author. Most featured stories will be YA, though there'll be a few exceptions sprinkled into the mix. The selected authors have an initial matching the assigned letter of the day.

“When you do something because you're angry, you almost always do the wrong thing.” -Christopher Pike, WITCH

CHAIN LETTER (Avon, YA) is the first Christopher Pike book I read.(A sequel came later but I will stick to details of the first book.) In CHAIN LETTER, a group of teens are riding in a car, they have been drinking, they get a little crazy, and the car hits a man out in the desert. When the teens get out, they see the man is dead. Panicking, the teens bury him. Some time later, the teens involved in the accident start getting messages from an unidentified person who claims to know about the sin they committed. This person, who calls himself the Caretaker, seems to know them personally. He demands that each teen perform various tasks (e.g. burn down the school) and when the teens disobey his orders, bad things happen. One teen disappears. Another is killed in a fire. At the end, the teens learn that one among their group is the Caretaker.

This book reminds us to be careful behind the wheel, whether we're drivers or passengers. Beyond that, it also asks: How well do you really know the people you call your friends? 

Have you read CHAIN LETTER? Have ever thought you knew someone and then later realized you really didn't?

26 comments:

Keith Channing said...

Sounds like a good plot line.

Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a creepy but good story. Yes, sadly don't we sometimes find out we don't really know someone?

The Cynical Sailor said...

That sounds like a great book! Spooky and thought provoking. Makes you wonder how well you do know people. Do they only show their true colors during bad times?

Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.co.nz/2016/04/c-is-for-catamaran-nancy-drew.html

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I bet that came long before the crappy film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Pat Hatt said...

First I've heard of this one. Sounds intriguing indeed. And yeah, some people we never truly know as well as we think.

The Silver Fox said...

I've seen people change over time, but I've rarely found out something shocking about a friend that was there all along, but hidden. Acquaintances, maybe...

Random Musings said...

I used to love Christopher Pike when I was younger. The first one of his I read was Witch and that got me hooked until I had read them all :)
Debbie

Doree Weller said...

I actually did my blog on Christopher Pike today too, but I don't remember Chain Letter at all. I've been thinking about getting in the way back machine and rereading some of them. I loved Christopher Pike too; I think that a lot of his books dealt with important themes like that, but from what I remember, a lot of them also dealt with the question of "who can you really trust?" I'm very selective with my friends, so for the most part, I've been lucky. I can't think of anyone who's been significantly different from what I thought.
@DoreeWeller from
Doree Weller’s Blog

diedre Knight said...

Sounds like a great read! I've walked away from only one friendship when she became caught up in things I couldn't help her out of.
These kids were actually all in it together and carrying one heck of a burden. Guilt can make anyone vulnerable.

Jo said...

Sounds a bit frightening to me.

JO ON FOOD, LIFE AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Donna McDine said...

Wow spooky! It certainly does teach the lesson that our actions have consequences!

Liz A. said...

The plot sounds familiar. But I don't think I've read this one. Pike's name is also familiar. I'm sure I read something by him.

Jenny Right-Side said...

Wow! What a flashback! I read a lot of Christopher Pike books when I was younger. Scavenger Hunt and Bury Me Deep are two I remember! Hello from www.jennyrightside.com and the #AtoZChallenge!

betty said...

I haven't read any by Christopher Pike nor heard of this book. Could be a downright scary one I think! But you are right, valuable lesson about not drinking and driving and being sure you absolutely know who your friends are :)

betty

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I think I've read this because I remember the story being so scary and tense. Great choice!

Stephanie Faris said...

I remember Christopher Pike's books as a teen...they were always super scary and kinda dark for the age group they targeted back then. At that time, tweens read teen books and teens read adult stuff, so most YA books were lightweight...like Sweet Valley High. He's still going strong, too. Good for him!

Ella said...

I haven't read this author's books! I do like YA and this does remind me of a movie, I saw. I like your A-Z theme~

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I haven't read Chain Letter, but now I want to. What a sad story, but one with a lesson, I imagine.

Claire Annette said...

This book sounds terrifying but thrilling. It would make a good movie.

Claire Annette said...

This book sounds terrifying but thrilling. It would make a good movie.

Sati Chock said...

OMG, I never read this one. BUT. He also wrote a book called Sati about a blonde haired, blue eyed Sati and I was convinced as a teen that somehow I had to meet him to find out how he got the idea for that one. Haven't done it yet. Maybe someday. ;-)

I love your blog design, simple & elegant. Title is cool, too. :-)

Thanks for sharing!

Best,
Sati

http://atozwriting.blogspot.com/

Sati Chock said...

Forgot to say...because I am a blonde, blue-eyed Sati (I've never met another one).

Here is the Pike book:

https://www.amazon.ca/Sati-Christopher-Pike/dp/0765331373/189-2154756-2463561?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like an interesting read, but it may be a bit too terrifying for my taste.

Thanks for following me in the A to Z!

Joanne said...

I think back in the teen years, kids are evolving. A lot of people aren't what they seem on the surface.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

This sounds spooky, like I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Yvonne V

Sarah Zama said...

I have never read Christopher Pike but I've heard very good things abotu his books. Though it seems he was a lot more popular years ago... or is this only my impression?

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