Published by Macmillan on January 12th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance
The end excuses any evil.
Tor Frankenstein, Paris High's resident scientific genius, never expected that her long-awaited "eureka!" moment would end with her becoming a murderer, but texting while driving through a thunderstorm at midnight is a pretty solid equation for disaster. Looking down at the dead teenage boy—the one she just accidentally killed with her car—there's only room for one thought in her head: I have to fix this. Fortunately, Tor's latest science experiment is the perfect solution. Reanimating the dead was meant to be her one-way ticket out of Paris, Texas and into Harvard and scientific glory, but now it's going to be a life-saver (literally) for both her and this unknown boy. Her high school science project is going to save this boy's life—or at least give him a second one . . . This deliciously dark twist on Frankenstein blends the classic horror story with the ordinary struggles of high school and adds just the right amount of romance in a captivating and addictive mix.
Hey all! I would love to welcome Chandler Baker to Good Books & Good Wine today to share a story of her own High School Horror.
I swear I’ve tried to bury this memory so deep in my psyche that Freud couldn’t uncover it, a tactic that was going swimmingly until now, thank you very much. But since I wrote the High School Horror series, it felt only fair to dig up my own real high school horror story and forever memorialize it on the internet.
First, here are a few things you should know about me.
I never went to a party in high school where alcohol was served. I never snuck out. I got half of a percent below the cut off for an ‘A’ in Trigonometry—my first and only B–and cried. In short, I was not, what one would traditionally call a “rebel”.
But my parents were cool and every so often my mom and I would have what we liked to call “mental health days” on which I could skip school and we’d go to a movie or lunch or do something else fun.
I had carefully selected a day where I didn’t have much going on for my annual “mental health day”. My mom and I were going to a matinee and, as a hyper-scheduled, Type A kid, I was really looking forward to a day off.
To this day, I have no idea what I was thinking. I was fourteen or fifteen and had never driven a car. My mom got stuck talking on the phone for an amount of time that I apparently felt was unreasonably long to wait. For some other reason, I decided that I needed to pull her car into the garage. Again, I will stress, that I have no idea what I was thinking.
We have a tricky two-car garage situation with narrow concrete pillars that divide it into one car per space. Plus, there isn’t much room to maneuver.
Being all of fourteen or fifteen, I think I gently whispered something to my mom like “Hey, mind if I pull the car in?” And she waved me off because she was on the freaking telephone. But, of course, I took this as tacit permission and decided to plant myself in the driver’s seat. I nosed the hood closer to the garage. Everything was going swell for about three seconds. As soon as I hit the accelerator, I realized I had no idea how to hit an accelerator. I will never forget the crunch of the side of my mom’s car as it got stuck on the concrete pillar of the garage. Or the sound as I tried to reverse it, as though reversing an already stuck car would make the situation BETTER. Hint: it did not.
When all was said and done, I had completed trashed both driver’s side doors, the front, left hood and I’d broken the concrete, stucco on our house My mom was hoping we could ease the appearance of the damage for my dad, so she scurried to hire some repairman to patch the concrete and sent the car right to the shop. But I don’t think we were successful on either counts and instead there was a giant hole in the wall.
Needless to say, this day did absolutely nothing for my mental health.
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