The book isn’t written by R.L. Stine, but by a ghostwriter/a friend of his. On the one hand I wasn’t entirely happy about it when I found out, but as I started reading I didn’t mind it at all, it just felt like R.L. Stine could have written it, it has the exact same feeling, the same Stine-ish wording to it as all his other books have. After a couple of pages I even forgot about the book being ghostwritten. 🙂
The book focusses on R.L. Stine’s life, from kid to bestseller author of many many books (which btw, he typed with only one finger!). We find out about how he got to be a writer, what his fears are, about his family and friends, about his school years. It was all interesting, and I loved that there were photographs of him/family/friends and photographs of his earlier works. I just loved the annotations under the photographs, those really cracked me up at times.
I am glad that he kept it all a bit to the surface, didn’t go into it deeper, he did talk about that his move to New York wasn’t easy, and he does mention some stuff, but he keeps it on the surface. On the one hand I am curious as to what he has experienced, but on the other hand, this is also a book meant for the teens/kids, and I know that they wouldn’t care or would get bored by stuff like that.
I loved the format of the book, and also the font. It gave the feel of a Goosebumps or another one of R.L. Stine’s scary books, which is a big plus point to me.
I also have to give a mention to the amazing cover, I love seeing all the monsters on the front with R.L. Stine in the middle of it all!
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and I hope that R.L. Stine will keep on writing great books for a long time to come!