Horror, Young Adult

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board (Weeping Willow High, 1) by Zoe Aarsen

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McKenna Brady thinks her junior year of high school is going to be the best ever when she’s welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High School led by blond, gorgeous Olivia Richmond. Prior to junior year, McKenna was known in her small town as the girl whose twin sister died in a tragic house fire, and she’s overjoyed at the prospect of redefining her identity. She has a date to the Homecoming dance with Olivia’s handsome older brother, and a good chance of being elected to student council. For the first time since McKenna’s parents divorced, things are looking up. 

But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover birthday party. Violet, the shy, mysterious new girl in town, suggests that the girls play a scary game called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, during which Violet makes up elaborate stories about the future ways in which beautiful Olivia, brassy Candace, and athletic Mischa will die. The game unsettles McKenna because she’s already escaped death once in her life, but she doesn’t want to ruin her friends’ fun. It’s only a game, she reminds herself. 

But it doesn’t seem like a harmless game a week later when Olivia dies unexpectedly in a violent car crash, exactly as Violet predicted. And something begins haunting McKenna’s bedroom at night, leaving her clues that all seem to point to Violet. McKenna enlists the help of her cute next-door neighbor Trey in finding out exactly what kind of curse Violet has put on all of the popular girls in the junior class. As Violet rises to popularity and seemingly steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna and Trey know they only have a limited amount of time to bring an end to Violet’s game before more lives are lost.


~ What I Liked About the Book ~

I loved this book! I found myself hooked from the start. I liked the way the author presented the mystery; it made this hard to put down. I commend the author for having done such a fine job with the plot and the writing.

Apart from the intriguing story, I also loved the character development. In the beginning, I hated all the major characters for being shallow. All they ever talked about was their popularity, and that was a big turn off. Despite this, I couldn’t put the book down because the story was too interesting. I’m glad I didn’t let the characters drive me away from this novel because they eventually became a bit more mature, and their friendship also evolved into something deeper.

The main character, McKenna, was someone I had mixed feelings for. While I hated how she seemed to care so much about being popular, I liked her when she wasn’t thinking about such things. I liked how reasonable she was about the strange things that were happening to and around her.

~ What I Didn’t Like About the Book ~

I really didn’t like how there seemed to be no closure at the end. This book is part of a series, so I already expected that the ending wouldn’t provide everything. But to find out that the author left almost all the answers in the subsequent books was frustrating. Somehow, I felt cheated.

Also, despite really enjoying this book, I still thought that it should have ended here. It would have been a great book if everything was resolved in the last chapter instead of being dragged into a lengthy serial.



Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is an entertaining read with the right amount of mystery and suspense to keep one hooked. I recommend it to lovers of light horror and mystery, but not to those who dislike major cliffhangers.


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