Stranger Things
Don't miss this gripping, emotional prequel to the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things! The never-before-told backstory of the beloved Dig Dug maven, Max Mayfield, written by New York Times bestselling author Brenna Yovanoff.This must-read novel, based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, explores Max's past--the good and the bad--as well as how she came to find her newfound sense of home in Hawkins, Indiana.

Stranger Things Details

TitleStranger Things
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781984895950
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Fantasy

Stranger Things Review

  • Anne Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Une super lecture hyper addictive, qui déroule l’histoire d’une personne encore trop mystérieuse de Stranger Things.Une plongée dans la saison 2 de la série netflix du point de vue de Max qui nous raconte son passé, son présent, ses peurs, son quotidien douloureux et effrayant. Une lecture qui satisfera pleinement les fans de la série.Et bien joué : je détestais Billy avant maintenant j’ai envie de le tuer.
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  • Renee M. P. T. Kray
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars.This book is season 2 as told through Max's eyes, which actually doesn't bug me as a concept. I liked delving into Max's home life and her thought process, and there were some really solid scenes. To be fair, the first half was really enjoyable.But ultimately, it didn't even attempt to fill in any blanks or add to the story of the show. The ending of the season, which is arguably Max's best stuff, was skimmed over so quickly that, as a ST fan, I was genuinely insulted. Add that with re 2.5 stars.This book is season 2 as told through Max's eyes, which actually doesn't bug me as a concept. I liked delving into Max's home life and her thought process, and there were some really solid scenes. To be fair, the first half was really enjoyable.But ultimately, it didn't even attempt to fill in any blanks or add to the story of the show. The ending of the season, which is arguably Max's best stuff, was skimmed over so quickly that, as a ST fan, I was genuinely insulted. Add that with repetative prose (she describes figuring out who Nancy is twice on two separate pages) and typos and it's clear that no one really cared about the ending of this book. Lucas is presented as "nice," but nothing else. We actually get more emotional Mileven stuff in here than Lumax, which I thought was just.... odd. Isn't this about Max? Wouldn't this be a great opportunity to really focus on their relationship? One would think. As mentioned above, no creative attempt was made to give any supplement to the show. We don't get anything about, maybe, what went on after that last night- did Max go home and face her mom? Or did she camp out at the Byers' with the guys and wait for everyone to come back? How might that first awkward conversation between her and El have gone? Instead we get a summary so brief and pointless it's basically a sparknotes of the end of the show. We end at the snowball, not even with Max looking at Lucas but with her "craning her neck" to watch Mileven. Whut. Even. Like I said. Enjoyable through the first half. Insulting in the last half. I went down from a 4 star rating to a 2.5 because of the last 75-100 pages. If you want a purely movie tie in, you'll enjoy this. But don't look for anything to expand the ST universe because this one just kind of gave up on that halfway through.
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  • Dichotomy Girl
    January 1, 1970
    This has left me feeling very ambivalent. On the one hand, very excited to get something new from Brenna Yovanoff, on the other hand, media tie-ins never work well for me.I'm going to think happy thoughts and hope for the best.
  • Marilee
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this! The book takes place during the actual events of Stranger Things, season 2. We get the story from Max's perspective, as she gets to know Lucas, Dustin, Mike, and Will. It's not a shot for shot, line by line remake of pivotal scenes, and I really like that. Where the book shines, is showing what it's like in Max's home life. We know from the show that things aren't shiny perfect in her home environment. The book delves into that a little more and I would add that there are I really enjoyed this! The book takes place during the actual events of Stranger Things, season 2. We get the story from Max's perspective, as she gets to know Lucas, Dustin, Mike, and Will. It's not a shot for shot, line by line remake of pivotal scenes, and I really like that. Where the book shines, is showing what it's like in Max's home life. We know from the show that things aren't shiny perfect in her home environment. The book delves into that a little more and I would add that there are trigger warnings for scenes of physical abuse.Out of all the stranger things novels that have been published so far this one is definately my favorite.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure what I expected but what we got is a retelling of season 2 through Max’s narrative (which anyone could have gotten from watching the show) and a little bit of backstory. Nothing was added to the canon of the show that felt important.
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  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    Bien qu'introduite dans la saison 2 de la série originale, Max est vite devenue mon personnage préféré. Dans ce roman on découvre sa vie avant d'arriver à Hawkins et comment elle est arrivée là. C'était vraiment intéressant de découvrir l'aventure sous son point de vue, surtout de voir son évolution face à ses propres monstres et comment elle a été inspirée en voyant d'autres femmes fortes passer à l'action.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Although I wasn't sure how I would like a book told from the perspective of a teenage girl it was an engaging, if quick read. Basically we get to see the events of season 2 through Max's eyes, but also expanded her backstory. Through Max, we also get to see the events of the season from the perspective of an outsider.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the book because I got to know more about her backstory. Ever since max appeared on season 2, I was curious about her. If you like Stranger things you will DEFINITELY enjoy this novel!
  • Hope (HopelessBookAddict)
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute but I didnt think it was necessary for story development.
  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fantastic book! I think it goes without saying that if you are a fan of Stranger Things fan, you’re going to love this.I’m seeing a lot of comments about this just being Season 2 from Max’s perspective so nothing new etc. Well, it is, and it’s awesome!I felt this book to be like those film bonus director’s cut kind of material. You know the story from the show, but it’s just full of background info and gives us an opportunity to be part of Max’s thought process.I listened to the Audiob This is a fantastic book! I think it goes without saying that if you are a fan of Stranger Things fan, you’re going to love this.I’m seeing a lot of comments about this just being Season 2 from Max’s perspective so nothing new etc. Well, it is, and it’s awesome!I felt this book to be like those film bonus director’s cut kind of material. You know the story from the show, but it’s just full of background info and gives us an opportunity to be part of Max’s thought process.I listened to the Audiobook and the production was pretty good...
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  • Chris Wermeskerch
    January 1, 1970
    Mostly a re-telling of ST season 2 from Max's POV. A worthwhile endeavor, but it doesn't really add much to the season. Key moments you'd think would garner more attention are completely glossed over - what did Max do after she knocked Billy out? Instead, we get flashbacks to growing up with Billy and Neil, learning what it was like to live with two powder kegs. Not a bad read, it was quick for sure, but I'm thinking it's too similar to Dark Horse's ST: The Other Side, where we get a POV story t Mostly a re-telling of ST season 2 from Max's POV. A worthwhile endeavor, but it doesn't really add much to the season. Key moments you'd think would garner more attention are completely glossed over - what did Max do after she knocked Billy out? Instead, we get flashbacks to growing up with Billy and Neil, learning what it was like to live with two powder kegs. Not a bad read, it was quick for sure, but I'm thinking it's too similar to Dark Horse's ST: The Other Side, where we get a POV story that doesn't really contribute much to the overall story.(As an aside: there were quite a few typos that slipped in, and most that I identified weren't even questionable commas. One example? "Dart; brought friends.")
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  • John Stanifer
    January 1, 1970
    In the last few months, three books have been released with the label "Official Stranger Things Novel."I've read all three, and after watching the final trailer for Season 3 that came out a few days ago, "Runaway Max" feels like the most essential of the three to read before seeing the new season.On one level, this is a retelling of Season 2 from Max's perspective, with parts of her backstory added in. So some of it will be familiar to die-hard fans of the show. Not to say it isn't interesting t In the last few months, three books have been released with the label "Official Stranger Things Novel."I've read all three, and after watching the final trailer for Season 3 that came out a few days ago, "Runaway Max" feels like the most essential of the three to read before seeing the new season.On one level, this is a retelling of Season 2 from Max's perspective, with parts of her backstory added in. So some of it will be familiar to die-hard fans of the show. Not to say it isn't interesting to see some of the key events of Season 2 in written form.On the other hand, the added backstory and the description of Max's thoughts and motives lend some of the most iconic moments of Season 2 even more emotional heft than they already had to begin with.Let's just say . . . Billy plays a pretty big role here. Which is why I think this is a good one to read before Season 3, since it's obvious Billy is going to play a HUGE role in Season 3.Also, I felt like I gained an even deeper appreciation of Lucas and why Max chose him over Dustin. And . . . I don't want to say too much more since that would spoil some of the fun of reading this.This is a great way to relive Season 2, not only learning more about one of its central characters, but also seeing all the others in a new, richer light.Did I mention this is just over 230 pages and a very easy read? Definitely give it a shot if you're a ST fan.
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  • Karen Kohoutek
    January 1, 1970
    Through what I'm sure was no fault of the author, who probably was working within guidelines on a project like this, I was a little disappointed with the shortness of the book, and the fact that much of it re-tells events from the show's second season. I was expected more of a full-fledged prequel, leading up to Max's arrival in Hawkins, with more of a full story in that timeframe. Once I got used to that, though, I did really enjoy it. We are re-watching this season in preparation for the third Through what I'm sure was no fault of the author, who probably was working within guidelines on a project like this, I was a little disappointed with the shortness of the book, and the fact that much of it re-tells events from the show's second season. I was expected more of a full-fledged prequel, leading up to Max's arrival in Hawkins, with more of a full story in that timeframe. Once I got used to that, though, I did really enjoy it. We are re-watching this season in preparation for the third, and getting the story from Max's point of view really adds to it. But yeah -- this proved I could read a whole series of books from Max's POV. She's a great character, her struggles were really relatable (despite the over-the-top family drama and the threat from the Upside Down, both which come from the show), and her victories were way more emotionally satisfying than I expected.
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  • Bobidibooks
    January 1, 1970
    À quelques jours de la sortie de la saison 3 de Stranger Things, ce livre est parfait pour se replonger dans l’univers si particulier de la série. Il est vrai que Max est un personnage qu’on ne connaît pas beaucoup et on découvre ici quelques moments de son passé. Ce livre nous aide à comprendre sa relation avec Billy et nous montre les événements de son point de vue. C’est une fille attachante et pleine de ressources. J’aurais aimé cependant un peu plus de détails sur sa vision des choses, sur À quelques jours de la sortie de la saison 3 de Stranger Things, ce livre est parfait pour se replonger dans l’univers si particulier de la série. Il est vrai que Max est un personnage qu’on ne connaît pas beaucoup et on découvre ici quelques moments de son passé. Ce livre nous aide à comprendre sa relation avec Billy et nous montre les événements de son point de vue. C’est une fille attachante et pleine de ressources. J’aurais aimé cependant un peu plus de détails sur sa vision des choses, sur son passé car au final il s’agit juste de la saison 2 vue par Max. Cela n’apporte pas toujours des éléments nouveaux. Mais un livre très sympa pour apprendre à mieux connaître ce personnage !
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  • Yumihngw
    January 1, 1970
    Très intéressant d'avoir le point de vue de Max concernant sa famille, Billy en particulier, et son arrivée à Hawkins mais bien qu'étant fan de l'univers Stranger Things et en toute objectivité, ce titre ne nous apporte pas plus qu'un résumé de la saison 2. À lire que si vraiment l'univers ST vous intéresse autrement rien de transcendant
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  • Haylie
    January 1, 1970
    The book was okay, finished it fairly quickly. I wish the book had focused more on what happened after Billy was drugged. Stranger Things 3 takes place a year after the events of season 2, so I think it would have been nice to have some little snippets of what Max was doing between them.
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  • رغْدُ العَيْش
    January 1, 1970
    Idk what this is about, but I’m all for it!
  • Rachael Alling
    January 1, 1970
    Half the book was about things we already knew from the TV show, but from Max's POV. I wish it was a full story about her life before Hawkins. Still enjoyed it though!
  • S.Q.
    January 1, 1970
    3/5
  • Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Super-quick read, I liked the view into the character's head, which also gave more light to secondary characters in her life.
  • Randi
    January 1, 1970
    It's wonderfully written, but I'd hoped for a little more of an original novel rather than Season 2 through Max's eyes. Still, it's an enjoyable read, and Brenna did a great job.
  • septemberquartz
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars
  • Yvhv2o
    January 1, 1970
    Une histoire intéressante, qui nous en apprend plus sur la vie de Max, autant avant qu’après son arrivée à Hawkins.Même si j’ai trouvé certains événements trop peu approfondis, j’ai tout de même bien aimé ma lecture !
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