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Scary Mary by Windvein/S.A. Hunter

The dead speak to her. She wishes they'd shut up. 

Scary Mary is an online novel for teens about a high school girl who hears ghosts. Mary begins her junior year of high school without high expectations. As the resident school freak, she’d just like to be left alone, but Cy Asher, a new student, tries to befriend her. The budding friendship, though, dies when Mary discovers Cy’s house is haunted and not by Casper, The Friendly Ghost. Cy refuses to believe Mary when she tells him about the ghost. Mary must work without his help to exorcise the spirit, but luckily, she does get help from her best friend extrodinaire Rachel, her fortune-telling grandmother, and a dead Scottish Terrier named Chowder.

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Listed: Jun 30, 2008

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Nothing says it’s a good story . . .

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Sep 1, 2008:  . . . like one that makes me want to scream at the computer screen. And in a good way.

Is this your sort of traditional high school story with the freaks and geeks and popular kids all butting heads? Yeah, it appears to do that. But there’s something so much more. It’s like Sabrina the Teenage Witch crossed with The Craft without the obnoxious and over the top elements involved.

It’s a much more real story. Mary garners sympathy instead of just going around pitying herself and it makes me connect with her that much more. I do wish there was a little more depth to the jocks and cheerleaders since they’re the most "standard" fare in the story but by the end of the fifth chapter, I started to see a little bit of that in Vicky. Her normally poised and ready for attack demeanor was shattered at the seance and I got to see her at a moment that she probably didn’t want to be seen in. You don’t get to see the popular chick fall on her face, literally, all that often.

I like how the story isn’t "la-de-da, I talk to ghosts" and Mary makes it part of her everyday life to just deal with it. She hasn’t dealt with it and, from what I’ve read, doesn’t really like it. It seems that if she could get away from it, she would. If a freak is a freak of her own accord, that’s one thing but if a freak is a freak due to something she has no control over, it’s just that much more painful to watch. I know I wanted the other kids, especially Cy, to understand but they’re teenagers. Understanding and acceptance doesn’t come too easy in many cases.

Go read this now. I’ve seen this story listed on other sites and avoided it at first because of the high school setting. It wasn’t something I wanted to read but since I write YA myself and am jonsing to read as much teenager interaction as I can, I dove in and I’m so glad I did. It really made me remember what it was like to be a teenager (although I’m not that far out) and to see very real, and frustrating, teenage interactions. I’m learning and enjoying at the same time and I can’t wait to read more.

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The Teen Years I Wish I’d Had

By Morgan O'Friel, editor

Aug 17, 2008: Scary Mary was one of the first online serial novels that I read, and it remains one of my favorites. Mary has a ghost for a dog, rebellious friends, and the coolest grandmother to grace the web serial world in quite some time.

Mary’s a strong protagonist with a quirky life. Even when she’s going through her hardships, she knows who she is and where she stands, and doesn’t change herself to suit others.

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Highschool Chills and Thrills

By Stormy, editor, author of Require: Cookie

Jul 23, 2008: The only thing that saddened me when reading Scary Mary was that I was older than the target audience (it’s a highschool story) – I have no doubt that if I’d read it at an age-appropriate time it would have a frightening and fun experience. That’s not said to discourage older readers though – it’s a quick, fun read – a good way to spend the afternoon, especially as it is a completed work. Just think of it as borrowing a younger sibling’s book.

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It’s not easy being clairvoyant

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 12, 2008: I enjoyed Scary Mary a lot. The story has a fast pace, a sympathetic main character with an engaging voice, and the prose is well written. It’s easy to get into and read through in one sitting. The site layout is easy to navigate and clear to read.

I didn’t care for the links within the story text—they were distracting and felt a little patronizing. Some of the characters were very two dimensional high school clichés, since the length and pacing [more . . .]

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I Wish It Were Longer

By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Aug 23, 2008: It’s a short book.

That’s not a complaint. If anything it’s a compliment that the only thing I can find to complain of is that there wasn’t as much of the book as I might like.

The characters are quirky and interesting. I’m thinking specifically of Mary, her best friend, and her grandmother. The other characters are interesting enough to be in the story, in one case changing from relatively two-dimensional to [more . . .]

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