Deadgirl is the debut novel by young adult author B.C. Johnson. It follows the story of Lucy Day, a fifteen-year-old girl who goes out on her first date and ends up shot dead in a parking lot. Until she wakes up the next morning right as rain. Sort of. As it turns out, it gets a lot harder to survive after you've already died. Who knew?
Provides Examples Of:
- Bitter Sweet Ending: In the end, Lucy defeats Abraham, meaning she's essentially achieved a type of immortality, but Zack sacrifices his feelings for Lucy to give her the essence she needs to fight. Morgan is shattered by her role in Abraham's demise, and Lucy's relationship with her parents might be damaged beyond repair.
- Cessation of Existence: The next step for Phantoms, unless they can avoid it.
- Final Death: Lucy is desperately trying to avoid permanently dying. What she sends Abraham to in order to do that.
- First Episode Resurrection: Lucy is shot dead in the first scene. Then she comes back as a zombie.
- First-Person Smartass: Lucy.
- The Grim Reaper: Everybody has their own personal one, usually referred to as a Mors.
- The Hero Dies: In the prologue.
- Life Energy: Phantoms steal this from others to stay "alive".
- Mundane Afterlife: The Grey, sort of. It's mundane and an afterlife but not permanent.
- Psychic Powers: Part and parcel of coming back strong.
- Rape as Drama: Attempted and completed both come up once or twice each.
- Resurrective Immortality: Phantoms, as long as they remember to eat and don't get caught by their Mors. It's somewhat conditional immortality, but even Superman has kryptonite.
- Vampiric Draining: How Phantoms stay "alive." When they go too long without "eating," first they start to freeze and develop an Undeathly Pallor, then they begin to fade, becoming both intangible and invisible and then Cessation of Existence.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Lucy spends a lot of time analyzing the reasons why she can't be a ghost, or a vampire, or a zombie. As it turns out, the movies were wrong.