We’re so excited to share the cover of this new YA thriller with you—because, BONUS, it’s also being made into a Hulu Original Series!
Light as a Feather follows McKenna Brady as she starts her junior year of high school. During a Sweet Sixteen sleepover, a new girl in town Violet suggests that they play Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board where they make 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. 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.
We can’t wait to read this chilling new thriller in October! The author Zoe Aaren stopped by to answer some of our questions about the book and TV show!
Can you tell us what Light as a Feather is about in the length of one tweet?
Light as a Feather is about a girl who discovers a deadly curse has been put on her friends and will stop at nothing to save them.
Tell us the inspiration behind your book!
I grew up in the Midwest and when I was in fourth grade my family moved to Salem, MA. I was fascinated that some of my classmates were descendants of people who had been involved in the witch trials. The friends I made there had much bigger appetites for ghost stories and horror-inspired customs (like holding your breath when you pass a cemetery) than kids I’d ever known before. The first time I ever played Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board was at a birthday party in that town, and obviously, it made a big impression on me.
I’d been primarily writing YA romance before writing this book, and the themes of both grief and the strength of female friendship had been on my mind for a while. I wanted to write something that touched upon both topics, and Light as a Feather started with that impulse. I created McKenna out of an interest in developing a female character who was eager to be recognized – not necessarily by becoming popular at school but by being really seen by all of the people in her life. Her parents have handled grief in different ways, and McKenna feels somewhat forgotten by both of them as well as overlooked by kids at school…until she has her big summer glow-up. But her real opportunity to address her own grief and prove to herself what kind of person she is presents itself when she pieces together the danger that Violet has put her friends in. This is a horror story but really inspired by totally normal, common things that lots of kids face in high school (wanting to fit in, falling in love with someone who might not fit your friends’ criteria, accepting that your parents have flaws).
What was it like seeing your book made into a TV show?
It’s exciting to have the book being turned into a TV series. Kelsey Grammer, who is one of the executive producers, also produced Medium, a show I loved. I am really excited about the cast – in particular, Haley Ramm because her performance is so spot on for how I had imagined Violet when writing that character. I wasn’t involved with casting, but she, in particular, is eerie!
Light as a Feather releases on October 9th and you can watch the Hulu Premiere on October 12th!
Watch the trailer now!