Light as a Feather (Weeping Willow High #1) by Zoe AarsenLook out for the Hulu original series—starring Peyton List, Brent Rivera, Liana Liberato, Ajiona Alexus, and Dylan Sprayberry—premiering in October 2018!
Riverdale meets Final Destination in this fast-paced and deliciously creepy novel about an innocent game that turns deadly at a high school sleepover.
It was supposed to be a game…
Junior year is shaping up to be the best of McKenna Brady’s life. After a transformative summer, McKenna is welcomed into the elite group of popular girls at Weeping Willow High, led by the gorgeous Olivia Richmond. For the first time in a long time, things are looking up.
But everything changes the night of Olivia’s Sweet Sixteen sleepover. Violet, the mysterious new girl in town, suggests the girls play a game during which Violet makes up elaborate, creepily specific stories about the violent ways the friends will die. Though it unsettles McKenna, it all seems harmless at the time.
Until a week later, when Olivia dies…exactly as Violet predicted.
As Violet rises to popularity and steps into the life Olivia left unfinished, McKenna becomes convinced Olivia’s death wasn’t just a coincidence, especially when a ghost haunting her bedroom keeps leaving clues that point to Violet. With the help of her cute neighbor, Trey, McKenna pledges to get to the bottom of Violet’s secrets and true intentions before it’s too late. Because it’s only a matter of time before more lives are lost.
The Origin Story of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” Isn’t Actually That Scary
When done correctly, it results in a bunch of teens making one of their friends levitate — which doesn't seem like it would work, but strangely enough, it sometimes does. It's still played by kids, of course, and it still gives people nightmares. As creepy as it may seem, though, there's a weird but scientific explanation for "Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board" that just might make it less scary. As a quick refresher for anyone who can't remember the specifics, the game is pretty simple. To play, one friend lies motionless on their back with their arms crossed over their chest, on the ground, almost as if they were laying in a coffin. Everyone else kneels around this person, sliding their index and middle fingers from each hand under the body.
It's the unofficial chant of every slumber party. A bunch of girls in their pajamas gather around another girl lying on the floor, her arms crossed over her chest, eyes tightly shut. Her friends start chanting. They place their fingers under her body from head to foot. The girls drop her, scream and giggle, and swear they just summoned the devil himself. What in the world just happened here?
Anyone who has ever been a year-old girl likely played “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board”. This required slumber party game for.
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Light as a feather, stiff as a board , sometimes known as pig in a blanket, stiff as a board , is a game played by children at slumber parties. In performing magic this effect is known as abnormal lift. One participant lies flat on the floor, and then the others space themselves around him or her, each placing one or two fingertips underneath the participant's limbs. The person closest to the head commonly begins by saying, "She's looking ill," which is repeated several times, and followed by, "she's looking worse," which is also repeated several times. The general direction of the call-and-repeat describes how the prone person is looking worse and worse, followed by saying "she is dying," and, finally, "she is dead". It serves the dual-purpose of "freaking out" the participants and convincing the participants that it will now be easier to lift this person than before. All versions of the game end with the phrase "light as a feather, stiff as a board" chanted by the entire group, save for the prone person, who pretends to be dead as they attempt to lift their companion's body using only their fingertips.