Say Her Name

Say Her Name

3.92 (4,029 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.92 (4,029 ratings by Goodreads)
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Drip...drip...drip... In five days, she will come...

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of Bloody Mary: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror - five days - but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author Juno Dawson.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781471402449
  • 73,493

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Spine chilling and witty * New! magazine * Bedwettingly scary, with pitch-perfect writing * Metro * This book is truly gripping and incredibly popular with young adults who like their scare to have a bit of wit and verve thrown in * Warrington Guardian *
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About Juno Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of dark teen thrillers Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer, Say Her Name and Under My Skin. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, All ofthe Above. Margot and Me was published in 2017 and nominated for the Carnegie CILIP Medal 2018. Her first non-fiction book, Being a Boy, tackled puberty, sex and relationships, and a follow-up for young LGBT people, This Book Is Gay, came out in 2014, and a guide to mental health for young people, Mind Your Head, followed in2016.

Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude, GT, Glamour and the Guardian and has contributed to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on BBC Woman's Hour, Front Row, This Morning and Newsnight.She is a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall, and also works with the charity First Story to visit schools serving low-income communities. Juno's titles have received rave reviews and her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Say Her Name was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2015, and Margot and Me was shortlisted for the Lancashire Libraries Book of the Year 2018. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Women in Creative Industries award.

Juno writes fulltime and lives in Brighton. Follow Juno on Twitter: @junodawson or on Facebook at Juno Dawson Books.
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I'm always in the mood for a good horror story, and Say Her Name struck me as having a lot of potential. Unfortunately, the fear factor just wasn't there for me nor was the story particularly compelling. Reason to Read: 1. A new spin on an old legend: I really liked how James Dawson used the Bloody Mary legend (which most of us have heard one variant of or another) and then built on it. He used its notoriety to help develop his own story, and he added an explanation and back story to the myth. That's a really great way to use this legend and it was particularly effective because there was a reason for each included detail. Now, as much as I liked that there was an explanation for all the creepy events and scenes... it also kind of detracted from the scary factor for me. The problem is that when I pick up a horror book, I want to be scared at some point. And I truly didn't experience that with Say Her Name. That was the main reason for my disappointment. This book felt more like a mystery thriller to me than horror, because while parts of it are clearly disturbing it didn't quite reach the level of horror for me. And those scenes are rather brief. I probably could have enjoyed this book had I enjoyed the plot more than I did. The characters didn't feel fully developed to me, and nearly all of them came across as caricatures. They were stereotypical teenagers, and rather one-dimensional. ARC received from Penguin Canada for review; no other compensation was more
by Brenna Staats
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