I Know What You Did Last Summer Little Brown & Co., 1973, 208pp. $5.99
Lois Duncan ISBN- 0-440 22844-1
Helen Shivers is a gorgeous teenage girl that works on T.V. Barry Cox is Helen’s boyfriend, and he is what you can call the hottest guy in school. Julie and Ray are known as the cutest couple. I Know What You Did Last Summer starts off in the morning when Julie receives a letter that has no return address. When she opens it she reads, “I know what you did last summer.” Julie gets really freaked out and doesn’t know what to do. The first thing that comes to her mind is to get her friends Ray, Helen, and Barry together. As a group they try to think of someone who would send Julie a letter like this.
Later on in the story, Helen finds a picture of a little boy on a bike taped on her door. Afterwards, Ray receives a newspaper clipping in the mail. It was a death report about a little boy who died in a hit and run accident. Barry then receives a mysterious phone call. The four friends get a little scared of all the weird things that are happening to them. They were remembering the pact they made the summer before. They said they would forget that horrible night and never mention what they did the summer before. Now it seems like someone else knows their secret. The four friends go through suspense to find out who’s trying to scare them.
I Know What You Did Last Summer is superb! Lois Duncan does an excellent job explaining the difficulties and fears that all the characters face after someone finds out their little secret. She also does a wonderful job of adding suspense as the teens hurry to find out who knows before they get hurt.
I recommend I Know What You Did Last Summer to young adults who like suspense and action. The book helps teenagers relate to young love, impulsive acts, parental pressure, and peer pressure. The action keeps the novel moving and it’s an interesting read. I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of my favorite books that I wasn’t able to put down, and I guarantee it will be one of your favorites, too.