Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Title: Rules for Vanishing
Author: Kate Alice Marshall
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Length: 416 pages
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Blurb (from GoodReads): In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.
Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?
It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.
Why I’m Excited For It: I was born in 1986, and I grew up in the 90s, and I love the 90s the way Wade Watts loves the 80s. (Okay, maybe I don’t love it that much.) Anyway- The Blair Witch Project released in 1999 and I remember renting it (yes like from a Blockbuster) and watching it for the first time with my Dad with all the lights out.
In all honesty- neither of us liked the movie much. We were disappointed it was less horror, and more hysterical. But! Anytime I see mention of that movie I get pretty nostalgic and ooey gooey inside from remembering the first (maybe only?) time I saw it.
I recently was able to read a couple sample chapters on Bookish First, and I fell in love with it right away. Sara feels like a believable character, the mystery surrounding her sister’s disappearance is intriguing, and the setting is New England (Massachusetts, to be precise). The book also incorporates a solid ghost story/legend, and I will always be a sucker for a good ghost story.