Just Dial a Number

Just Dial a Number Someone tried to kill me Cathy gasped into the phone It was only a prank call dialed at random a joke played by four teenagers fooling around But what happened afterwards plunged them into a nightmar

  • Title: Just Dial a Number
  • Author: EdithMaxwell
  • ISBN: 9780671506629
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Someone tried to kill me, Cathy gasped into the phone It was only a prank call dialed at random a joke played by four teenagers fooling around But what happened afterwards plunged them into a nightmare By the next morning two people were dead because of that phone call Keeping their guilt secret, Cathy, Todd, Paul and DeeDee had to live with the terror of being fou Someone tried to kill me, Cathy gasped into the phone It was only a prank call dialed at random a joke played by four teenagers fooling around But what happened afterwards plunged them into a nightmare By the next morning two people were dead because of that phone call Keeping their guilt secret, Cathy, Todd, Paul and DeeDee had to live with the terror of being found out.

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    1. The cover models look too 1980s-preppy, but they do look horrified. It's a good story set in early-1970s California, about Cathy Shorer, whose dad is the Dean of her high school, so she's learned to be wary when guys seem interested: do they just want her to put in the good word for them with her dad? She's more-sure-than-not about Todd, and they're up for "Couple of the Year" (how many of you had that at your high schools?) and her friend Deedee is sure she will have the perfect future with Pau [...]

    2. This book popped into my head this morning for reasons too boring to get into. I re-read it as an adult a bunch of years ago, and it's actually quite decent for the genre. The biggest problem is that it's badly dated (it has lots of references to "be-ins" and other hippie stuff, and its view of women is just ever so slightly regressive).

    3. Similar to "I Know What You Did Last Summer", but without the stalker element. 4 "good" kids, joking around, make a prank phone call which results in 2 deaths. One of the four tries to assuage her remorse with exaggerated acts of kindness towards the survivor, but becomes even more guilt ridden as she realizes how much suffering she has caused. One of a number of "bad choices" teen novels from the 70s and 80s, this is better than most.

    4. Very sad. I kept wishing that I could change what happened. What I didn't like about the story was the way Cathy let Todd blame her for what happened. She did a stupid thing, but Todd started it, and it was Todd that dialed the number. What I did not understand, was why Cathy kept claiming SHE dialed the number, when it was clear that it was Todd.

    5. Loved this book. Read it so many times the binding broke and it's in about 5 book chunks now. Continually suspenseful and unexpected. Great writing.

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