After a college party ends in a fellow student’s drowning, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to resurrect him. But her spell backfires—Emma brings back a stranger instead.
Dead people don’t scare me. At least, not as much as live ones do.
No ghostly apparition could ever intimidate me like the gum-smacking, hair-tossing leader of Saint Katherine’s Highschool of Hussies. She would even interrupt make-out sessions with her jock boyfriend to hurl insults in my direction.
“What are you staring at, loser? Are you jealous? Poor Emma, you’re so ugly and pathetic, no guy will ever want you!”
Now a sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I still hear her jeering voice in my head. When someone tells you you’re worthless enough times, you start to believe it. That’s probably why I’m failing at my hopeful plans for college: to be happy, confident, and make loads of friends. Basic things that everyone else on campus can do with ease—like making small talk at keg parties—paralyze me with fear.
But when the ghosts speak, they don’t frighten me. I only worry what will happen if my mother finds out. So I keep my mouth shut. And I stay in my room.
Except tonight my roommate wants me to go to some hot guy’s cookout instead of spending the evening rereading Anne of Green Gables on my futon.
At home. Where I’m safe.
Where nothing bad can ever happen.
Unfortunately, my roommate never takes ‘no’ for an answer.