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Light As a Feather, Stiff As a Board: Weeping Willow High School Book 1 Paperback – April 22, 2013

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Zoe Aarsen is a graphic designer and copywriter originally from the Midwest. She is pretty convinced that her apartment is haunted by the ghosts of every cat and hamster she’s ever owned. Visit Zoe Aarsen’s blog at http://zoeaarsen.wordpress.com
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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Lovestruck Literary (April 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985657421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985657420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,132,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't normally read scary stories. They just don't do it for me. This, however, grabbed me, scared the poopies out of me, and kept me turning pages until the end.

"Light as a Feather" is a fairly typical YA romance/paranormal story that will appeal to those who enjoy the genres. You have the hot guy and the mysterious bad boy next door, ghosts and Ouija boards, and the inevitable deaths of several annoying high school girls that, somehow, you come to (almost) love. Then you have Aarsen's snide little remarks about Midwestern living tucked into every nook and cranny--it's both accurate and hilarious. She also has a way of dragging a ghosty scene on until your skin crawls delightfully!

There's a lot about this story that's cliche. The ending leaves you hanging, gasping for the next book (which is, as of this posting, still being written). Personally, I enjoyed the way that Aarsen handled both of these things--it's a fun, easy read that'll make your insides squirmy as you wonder what exactly caused that "bump in the night."
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While there were several issues with sentence structure, this story was engaging enough that I wouldn't lower the rating for it. There are definitely lots of minor things I didn't like, and one question brought up that was never answered, which is a slight irritant, but overall, I thought this was a good, fun read. I will add this to the list of books I might recommend to my 8th grade students. I can definitely see some middle school kids really enjoying a paranormal story that doesn't include vampires or werewolves.
I definitely believe, if you like scary campfire stories, to give this one a shot. You won't be disappointed.
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I love this book. I'm an adult who enjoys reading young adult fiction and "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" is as good or better than many books that appear on "The Best YA Books of All Time" lists (such as "Looking for Alaska," "Prep," and "The Fault in Our Stars"). The characters are well drawn, the plot is suspenseful, and the story is truly frightening at some points. Brava, Zoe Aarsen. Can't wait to read your next book!
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It kept me on the edge of my seat tell the end. At the beginning I thought it was just going to be another dumb teen book. Where they found the right answer at the end and lived happily ever after. With no consequences. I was surprised at hoe the book ended. It wasn't at all what I expected. I really want to know what happens to Hannah, how Trey and McKenna's relationship is after all this. But most of all I will want to know if that curse was in fact lifted and Mischa in fact lives. But over all a very good book. I would highly recommend it to any one who's big into stuff like this.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this free Kindle offering. Remarkably well written without typos or grammatical errors. I have paid good money for many books rife with such errors. Ms Aarsen does a fine job of drawing a picture of the lives of fictional high schoolers in Willow, Wisconsin. When I started the book I thought it was going to be a mash up of MEAN GIRLS and HEATHERS, but it turned out to be much more interesting. Great teen literature with a spooky twist.
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This Story Kept Me On The Edge Of My Seat! Take One Popular Group Of Girls, One Outcast And One New Stranger, Add A Game Of 'Light As A Feather- Stiff As A Board', Mix Them All Together And You Get A Ghostly Murder! When McKenna Loses Weight And Blossoms The Summer Before Her Junior Year, She Gets Pulled Into Olivia's Popular Girl Group At Willow High, Along With The Gorgeous Shy New Student Violet. It Is At Olivia's 16th Birthday Party That Violet Suggests Playing The Game. The Game That Started Everything. The Game That Ended It All. Now One Girl Has Died Exactly As Predicted. Now The Ghosts Have Broken Through. Now The Fear Has Started. McKenna Finds She's Not The Only One Hiding Secrets. Also, That Weird Guy Trey From Next Door Is Proving To Be More And More Alluring...More Brave, More Caring. The Author Draws You Into Her Web By Spinning A Wicked Teenage Tale Of Romance, Jealousy, Trickery, And Revenge. Homecoming Just Got Scarier! Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board. It's Just A Game......Right? '
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By K D on April 16, 2014
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First of all, let me say that a lot of books that I get for free on Kindle are just plain lousy. But every once in a while, I am amazed that I got a great book for free, and this is one of those times! Maybe I appreciated it so much more because of the lousy book I had just finished, prior to starting this one; I don't know. I'll just list the positives about this one:

1. Very well-written with almost no errors. Seemed more like a professionally written book.
2. Very suspenseful. Kept my interest to the point that I didn't want to stop reading, even to make dinner.
3. Yes, it's YA, but it's maturely written, so that us older folks can enjoy it, too. ;)
4. I love paranormal fiction, and this book definitely delivers in that department. It's nice to read a book in this category that doesn't end up being a book about vampires or werewolves. Seriously, that topic is PLAYED, in my opinion. This book really does have moments where McKenna is haunted by spirits.
5. Made me remember my childhood, when my friends and I played that game. And yes, we actually lifted our friend with our fingertips! She didn't die, though. At least, I hope she didn't.

Now, for the one downside: it IS a cliffhanger. And to my knowledge, there is no sequel out yet, which really bums me out. But when it is released, I'll definitely be downloading it!
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