Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.
Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.
Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.
She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.
Alexandra Sirowy was born in Northern California and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended a women's college as an undergraduate and has a graduate degree in International Studies. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Visit her at alexandrasirowy.com.
Hi. I’m Alexandra Sirowy, and I write books for teens. My debut is a young adult thriller, THE CREEPING, released August 18th. THE CREEPING’s main character, 17-year-old Stella Cambren, thinks a lot about the ripple effect of her decisions. She wonders about who she would be if she’d done things differently. Might she have saved her friend, Jeanie Talcott, from disappearing in the woods eleven years before? Did she make the right decision choosing her bestie-for-life over her childhood playmate and maybe-crush back in middle school? All of her decisions have had consequences – heavy ones.
And even though there have been substantially fewer small town secrets, ancient evils, and murders in my own life, I started to think about what I wish I could tell my 17-year-old self. And then this happened.
Here are the things I wish I’d known.
Hey 17-Year-Old Me,
Bad news first: insecurities aren’t a teenage thing; they’re a life thing. They come in waves, ride them, keep your head up, know that everyone has them, and don’t let fear make your decisions for you.
Haters gonna hate. Get on the Taylor Swift bandwagon early because you are going to L.O.V.E. her. Don’t apologize for it. Read more books; don’t watch so much TV – except for Veronica Mars, you should turn that on immediately.
Mom’s right about a lot, but she’s wrong about black nail polish – no one’s going to think you’re “goth” and so what if they do? Rock it. Don’t ever be afraid to express yourself.
Prepare to fail. And try again. And fail more. And try harder. Don’t lose your spirit. If you work hard enough, you’ll do something you’re proud of. That’s what matters.
You think guys are super cute, and no, that’s not going to end, but pay more attention to friendships. Those are the relationships that save you and that you look back on grinning. Your little sister is a pain in the ass now – she’s 12, what do you expect? – but before you know it, she’ll be your best friend.
Don’t listen when people act like it isn’t cool to identify with words like feminist or advocate – or that having opinions is messy or too intense or not “girly” (whatever that means). Giving a crap is sane and necessary. There’s nothing embarrassing about believing that everyone is equal and that people of all genders and sexual orientations, all races, all faiths, all classes, the haves and have-nots should be treated with dignity.
Wear your beliefs on your sleeve. Keep them in your heart. Don’t be afraid to shout them.
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