Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

Say Her Name by Juno Dawson

say her name

Bloody Mary is a tale we all know. We used it to fuck each other up when we were young. We would dare each other during sleep overs. The spooky and underwordly were strong themes during some of the sleep overs I attended as a young woman. Bloody Mary, Ouija boards and using black magic to pick up the lightest girl with just our fingers. Bobbie is not that kind of girl. She doesn’t believe in ghosts or the supernatural. When she’s dared to say Bloody Mary’s name five times in front of a mirror one Halloween she accepts. It’s just a story right? Drip. Drip. Drip.

The take on the ghost story is original but the story is not. Bobbie likes the cute older boy that every girl lusts over. She didn’t quite fit in with the other girls in her all-girls school. She’s not as pretty and she’s slightly geeky. She has a best friend Naya who loves her for who she is. The three of them are the only ones that dare to say her name that night, and lo, they are bound together forever. Mary is real and she is coming to get them. They have five days.

Juno goes deep into the mystery and the history of the story. It’s like an episode of Supernatural. In order to put the angry spirits to rest and our misunderstood protagonist must discover the truth in order to put the spirit to rest before her time is up. The horror and suspense is so well written. It got under my skin. Much like Stephen King book, it is sensual writing. It just happens to have all the teen troupes. I’m more than willing to forgive that. It’s a little cheesy and a little cliché but it’s self-aware, tongue in cheek and an instant guilty pleasure. A fresh take on something you already know but you’ve never read anything like it.


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