I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

by Lois Duncan


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It was only an accident — but it would change their lives forever. Last summer, four terrified friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But some secrets don't stay buried, and someone has learned the truth. Someone bent on revenge. This summer, the horror is only beginning....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316098991
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 96,231
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lois Duncan was an acclaimed suspense author for young adults. She published nearly 50 books for children, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Down a Dark Hall, which were both adapted into movies, and Who Killed My Daughter?, and a non-fiction book about the harrowing experience of her daughter's murder.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 reviews.
reilly-is-amazing More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was pretty good if you like thrillers, it was not as scary as I thought it would be, but it was still pretty suspenseful. Once I started reading it I couldn't seem to set it down. The author, Lois Duncan did a lovely job of telling this intense story, I would definitely recommend it. The basic idea of this book is about some teenagers that did something awful the summer before and they had all made a pact to never tell anyone but someone finds out and they want their revenge. This novel gets the thumbs up from me. Description and summary of main points Lois Duncan, the author knew when she was a child that she wanted to be an author and she has made her point by this great book, it's very thrilling and exciting. Along with "I Know What You did Last Summer" Duncan has written 48 other books ranging from children's books to adult novels. I read this book with an open mind not expecting not to be very good, but it turned out to be a worthwhile read The book is about how the summer before, Julie James and some of her friends - Raymond Bronson, Helen Rivers, and Barry Cox did something horrible that changed their lives, they have made a pact to never tell anyone but it someone knows and they seem to want revenge, the book goes on about what they have done and what they do, there are some plot twists and turns which add suspense to the story. Over all this was an excellent suspenseful story and it kept me intrigued throughout the whole novel.
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
i was excited to read this and was not disappointed. Great read!
SapphireDG4L More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It completely sucked me in. Lois Duncan is a great writer. Though if you've seen the movie, there are drastic differences between the two. Nevertheless, they're wonderful works of art in their own right. If you love suspense and thrillers, then this is a definite must-read for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sucked. Period. It was not suspensful at all. You knew was gonna happen all the time. Don't waste your time reading the book.
Natalie Deoroop More than 1 year ago
I would suggest this book to anyone who is likes mystery book. What a thrill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I had always heard of this book/movie and when it was on my summer reading list, I jumped for the chance to read it. Each of the characters had their own little story line. They each had a different life after the accident happened. Julie used to be a cheerleader, and after it happened she became very studious and barely went out. Ray moved out of state after the accident. Helen and Barry's lives pretty much stayed the same though. The accident happened on one crazy night in the summer. After the accident, they all made a pact to never talk about it again. But when Julie got a worrisome letter in the mail, she quickly ran to Helen's place. Barry thought it was just a joke and he had convinced them to believe the same. Soon thereafter, Barry and Helen started receiving pictures and news clippings, they knew something was up. They all reunited and try to figure out what the reason for this is. They never knew that their own lives were in danger for their silly actions the summer before. I thought this book was very exciting and I could reread it over and over again. This book was sometime a bit confusing at points. Other than that, it has probably been one of the best books I've read. It really was an attention grabber. I remember walking around the airport reading it because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Conclusion I truly thought this book was amazing. I always liked mystery books, but sometimes they would be long and boring at points. I thought in general that this book revealed just enough and never was boring. I would recommend this book to any teen that likes mystery.
alxamrie3 More than 1 year ago
Julie, Helen, Ray, and Barry all forget about their past summer and move on with their lives, until Julie gets a letter in the mail that clearly reads. I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER.Helen, Ray, and Julie are all getting hints that somebody found out about that summer. Then all of sudden, Barry is shot. They know that they are in danger, and they have to find out who knows and why they want to hurt them.This story is about 4 teenagers who get into some trouble one summer and completely try to rid their minds of it, and then all of a sudden somebody knows! The teenagers are Julie James, a very smart girl about to go to college, Helen Rivers, a beautiful Golden Girl, Raymond Bronson, a guy who went off and worked on some fishing boats, and Barry Cox, Helen's boyfriend who is a great athlete. This story teaches you to be careful what you're doing on those summer nights.In the end, you find out who's injured, but what you really want to know is "Who was the killer?" Read and find out!I am a person, who absolutely despises reading. Although, I was very entertained by this book. I really got into it. This book has mystery, thrills, emotion, and horror. I think anyone from fifth grade to eleventh grade would enjoy it, boys and girls, too. If somebody asked me to tell them a name of an entertaining book, I would definitely say "I Know What You Did Last Summer."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucked. The ending was terrible, you knew what was going to happen the whole time. It was not suspensful what-so-ever and does not deserve all the hype.
aTwistOfTi More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. Don't go into reading it expecting it to be a slasher book it's more about the characters and how they are dealing with the crime they committed and it's better that way. You can barely tell this book was written in 1973. Teens today will still relate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good even better than the movie
Jackixo More than 1 year ago
In this book, it truly was a work of masterpiece. I loved it. I read this book a couple of times now, and I still remember details from a few years ago. It was descriptive, insightful and never gave away to much. In the end, I was surprised as to who the killer was. I probably would have never guessed. This is a great attribute to a murder mystery and should not be overlooked by other mystery/thriller authors of this day and age. Truly, this book has not disappointed me at all. I could read it again and again and not get bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The theme of this book is to create a mystery. Lois Duncan, the author, is trying to teach you a lesson while creating a mystery. The book is teaching you about being safe. It also keeps you going all the way to the end. The book keeps you going because the ending is really unexpected. This book is about four seniors attending a high school. They get involved in a hit and run one night after they had been out late drinking. The memory is following them. The teens try to get it out of their head in every way possible, but it won't leave them alone. Evaluation One of the girls receives a letter saying that he knows what they did last summer. They all get hints that someone is out to find them. But they don't know that the person trying to find them is closer than they think. I give this book four stars. I give the book four stars because it is well written and has a good plot. I enjoyed this book very much. It is a great book to read if you like mysteries!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, interesting read. The plot throws a surprise that you dont see coming. Very suspenseful!
carlyjo More than 1 year ago
Four teenagers hit a boy on a bike while they were driving drunk, but they keep on driving and anonymously call the police. They make a pact never to talk about it again. The next day they receive the news that the boy has died. They go on living their lives until the next summer Julie receives a letter simply stating 'I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER'. Throughout the book, the mystery man keeps dropping more hints that he knows what they did and he just might tell the police. Then, things take a violent turn when Barry is shot. Julie and Ray start an investigation of their own and try to solve this intriguing mystery. This book achieves its goal of being a suspense novel without a doubt. I literally could not put it down. The immense suspense in this book left me checking outside my window to make sure nothing unusual was there. This book was amazing. The plot is deep and it keeps you guessing until the very end. I normally do not read suspense or any books that seem scary but this one has me second guessing my previous thoughts on this genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was awesome !i thought the movie was alot better though.it wasnt as scary as i thought it would be.the movie was totaly different.i couldnt put it down .i think anyone who hates reading should read this cause it will make them appreciate a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The absolute worst Duncan book is "Killing Mr. Griffin." But this one is pretty bad too. The prose is often purple, and a supporting character is given a gratuitous precognitive "power," seemingly because Duncan figured she just had to throw one in, as almost all her novels have a supernatural bent. Anyway, it's a dumb scene. And speaking of dumb -- that's the word to describe the plot. And the four main characters. Maybe Duncan deserves credit for taking the unusual track of having the antagonist be more sympathetic than the protagonist(s), but for Christ's sake, the central four characters are such stupid d-bags! Especially since the reason they keep their vehicular manslaughter secret is to protect Barry, the absolute d-baggiest member of the quartet! And then they go on their merry way, with only one of them, Julie, feeling any guilt. Even so, I wanted to slap her. Just turn yourself in already and quit whining about it! Helen is, frankly, a dumb cow. Her older sister Elsa might be a bitter hag, but she's also correct in her snide remarks about selfish, shallow Helen. Ray is mostly dull. And the aforementioned Barry is a colossal buttwipe. When he gets shot, it's hard not to think: "Serves him right." And when he lies to his "friends" that the motive was robbery, it serves THEM right, especially dopey Helen, his "girlfriend" that he doesn't love or even like, but is too gutless to break up with. The antagonist, as I mentioned, is more sympathetic than any of those twits; his actions may be violent but his gripe is legitimate. I don't believe in vigilante justice, but it's easy to see why he does.
mscoopsyalist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Julie has just been accepted to an Ivy League school. She is pretty and young with a loving mother and her whole life ahead of her but she cannot get past what happened when a car she was riding in with her friends hit a young boy and killed him. The teens left the scene but called in the accident at a pay phone down the road. However, someone knows what happened and is determined to make them pay.
butler41600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easy to read book, only a little scary at the end.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a page-turning thriller! I came into this book 'cold-turkey', I hadn't read it before, nor have I seen the movie so I didn't really know anything about it apart from a general idea of the plot. It was incredibly suspenseful and chilling. The twist-ending was fabulous! For a book written in 1973, it is has surprisingly modern feel to it. Apart from the mention of Vietnam and a college demonstration it felt very current. I have to say I thought that a YA thriller might be a bit lame but this was just what I would expect from an adult book, minus the graphic violence and sex. Duncan has a long list of books to her name and I'm definitely going to try another one soon.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As is normally the case, the book was far better than the movie. Four teenagers are keeping a horrifying secret. It has haunted them ever since one summer night when they made the pact. But, someone knows what happended. And he wants revenge. Excellent mystery!
hoffer30380 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! The book contains a ton of suspense and action. An absolute "must read"!
ERMSMediaCenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.
gwen.ashworth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A novel that appeals to teenagers with an important message---don't drink and drive. The plot revolves around four teenagers, Julie, Ray, Helen and Barry, who share a horrifying secret that haunts them. Someone is threatening to reveal their secret. But who? Eventually everyone must own up to their sins and mistakes. The novel is told from the third person omniscient point of view. There is a little something for everyone---murder, revenge, mystery, suspense and romance.
dfitzgerald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a re-read for me. I remember reading this book while I was in my teen years and truly loving it. I have to say, it is still a thrill and I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I think there are a number of important lessons in the book, as well as it filled with suspense, romance and sadness and more.