THE OTHER SIDE OF NORMAL
YA Dark Comedy
YA Dark Comedy
When Bethany Sultry pictured her future, she never imagined her life would end when she was sixteen, not as her popularity was rising, and certainly not one hour after she was crowned junior homecoming queen. When ownership of the crown transfers to the runner-up, her high school nemesis, Bethany can’t rest in peace with that bitch wearing her bling. To get her crown back, Bethany will need to become her school’s first double crown queen by winning the junior prom vote. But how can Bethany rest in peace when campaigning as a ghost seems impossible, and defeating her worst friend might send her own soul to hell? THE OTHER SIDE OF NORMAL is a complete YA dark comedy at 93,000 words.
I didn’t so much go into the light as have the light suck me up like a dust bunny in a cosmic vacuum cleaner. A moment later, I shot out of that light tube in a perfect tucked roll and landed in a stark white room where I am now explaining myself to my friend Moon and one other being who looks like a scruffy surfer. It should be a friendly conversation, but I can’t help thinking that I’m on trial.
“You feel you were justified in creating a Carrie Prom?” surfer dude asks, referring to Stephen King’s cult horror classic story where a social reject gets doused in pig blood and exacts revenge by killing everyone in her town with her telekinetic powers.
“God, it was not that bad,” I say.
Moon clears her throat and bugs out her eyes. She’s sucking on a lollipop, the big kind with the swirls. Her hair’s done up in three ponytails. I’m pretty sure she has a glitter tattoo on her cheek but it’s hard to see against the pale blue tint of her skin.
“Sorry,” I mumble. I’m not supposed to use the G-word here, and surfer dude is not really the most powerful being in the Universe. Surfer dude’s name is Cal, and as I understand it, he’s some kind of celestial probation officer.