2020 Book Review: The Goodnight Kiss Collectors Edition by R.L. Stine

For the love of vampires and horror, I cannot claim anything without mentioning the importance of this book. I’ve touted how important Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice has been to me many times but never had I mentioned this book. It, when I thought about it, is just as important and came into my life during a rough point of my youth. I found it in the basement dedicated to children’s books at a public library, and after reading a bit I sat between the shelves reading it.

For me it was the first book really dealing with the topics it covered I’d ever read, and at that period of my life, it really took me. When the librarian found me she suggested I take it home and did. I binged. I remember checking and re-checking this out until a librarian suggested I let someone else enjoy it too. Eventually, I got my own copy for sentimental reasons.

It is two books in one collection. It’s great for young adults or teenagers, I read it roughly 6th grade. It was the first book I read that spoke of teenagers with adult problems, like having an addiction. It isn’t like the popular Goosebumps books Stine is more famous for. I will have to re-read it now that I’m older and see how the details hit and if I have forgotten anything, but my impression and this review is recommending this to young adults and teens. It has its moments of slowness or lack of excitement, but it’s a very good book.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.


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