I think during sleep paralysis, whatever is on our mind beforehand is what we hallucinate. I woke up at the exact time and saw her standing at the end of the bed, I woke up Gemma and pointed "Carlos" out to her, she just told me to go back to sleep.
Thank you for all the comments and advice! I am not sure if I see the girl because of my sleep paralysis or if it's actually an entity, only because I tend to sense ghost as well. I most likely won't be able to do the knife under my pillow because I tend to move around a lot in my sleep. But I can try to put the matches under my pillow or the knife under my bed if it will help.
Thank you so much for the help and I do have more stories to share. I've had this experience before myself. I was at first having this dream like you know it is going to be bad and you want to wake up. However, I only fell deeper asleep, after about, I would say 5 minutes or so, I woke up struggling with a heavy set girl I was about 20 years old then who was transparent, and looked straight out of a horror movie!
But the thing that I would say scared me the most is that when it was all over, the lights in the room were on when I know they were off before. TalonWalt 3 stories 69 posts. I think during sleep paralysis, whatever is on our mind beforehand is what we hallucinate. I had just watched the movie prior to the SP episode. And once I hallucinated my ex-husband sat on the bed and talked to me.
I was missing him at the time. The last hallucination I had was of caring for my cat's. Obviously, because I do that everyday. So maybe it was just SP, and a hallucination that felt real. What a frightening experience. This entity was certainly threatening and not a very nice ghostie. I think the turning point was when you "threatened" the entity. Sometimes when an entity feels our fear they can prey on that and kind of "live" on that fear. You being able to stand up, so to speak, to this entity must have scared it off.
You state that you still feel her around. I would continue to talk to her very boldly such as Stay away from me and my family, we do not fear you. Be as threatening as you can. Good luck to you, zet. Seeker1 3 stories 58 posts. Just an opinion here. I've noticed more and more sleep paralysis stories. I wonder if they aren't due in most part because of our electronic age.
By that I mean we sleep with TV's, music, and light s on preventing the body from getting the rest it needs. SmokenMirrors 6 stories 78 posts. Ah Ok that makes more sense. Did think that putting a knife under a pillow seemed a bit dangerous, especially whilst sleeping. Could be dangerous under a pillow. But I do believe when that happens someone is visiting you.
Yeah I know people are going to say its from being really tired etc and that is true TOO. But I recall a story awhile ago. My moms parents live in Canada where my grandma passed away. But years later my grandpa, uncle, family came down to the states to visit. For some odd reason I felt really really tired out of no where and went into my room to lay down where I fell asleep.
But I did feel by my head the bed go down as if someone sat down. I couldn't see because I couldn't turn my head but I knew it was my grandma who came along with my gramps and uncle to visit. But just try to keep a knife under the bed and if you do experience that girl again.
Just close your eyes and try to rock your body from side to side as hard as you can and you will eventually get up or pray hardcore. Utopianchrist, Just a quick question, I've never heard of keeping a knife and matchbox under your pillow as a ward or charm. Do the items hold any significance?
Nikki12, that's a very creepy story. Seeing a figure during sleep paralysis isn't uncommon though. Some stories on YGS mention "The hat man" another figure seen felt during sleep paralysis.
Your description of the girl before she morphs reminds me of the girl from the ring. Keep a knife and a matchbox under your pillow when you sleep, it really helps, I myself have spent 4 years in a flat and still living, where a lady burnt herself to death. However, I guess now we have learnt to respect each other's space, even today if I forget to keep those two thing under my pillow I feel extreme burning sensation and choking in my sleep.
It's small, seemingly trivial, things like this that turn me off from a book. Girls in White Dresses was a disappointment because it didn't live up to the potential that the concept had or the hype I had heard about it. I couldn't relate or empathize with any of the characters because there wasn't just much to them except an over abundance of issues that women in their twenties face.
There were no laugh out loud moments or even any tears. It was just a book to finish because I started reading it. This review originally appeared on Feeding My Book Addiction: Jan 13, Heather rated it did not like it Shelves: I think I may have smiled twice, and I got incredibly angry at these ridiculous women over and over and over. I plowed through it in no time because the book is like the characters in it: Everything about it truly sucked.
Aug 30, Jocelyn rated it really liked it. Jennifer Close's debut novel Girls in White Dresses explores the complexity of being a single woman.
The novel follows the lives of three women, Lauren, Isabella and Mary, as they navigate the often treacherous waters of relationships, friendships, work, and the fear of the unknown. The novel is told in a series of connecting stories and is a wonderful approach as it allows the reader to observe small moments within the lives of these women.
Each character is real and authentic and the writing i Jennifer Close's debut novel Girls in White Dresses explores the complexity of being a single woman. Each character is real and authentic and the writing is pitch perfect.
Conversations between characters are so honest that you will feel you are listening in on conversations you have had with your own friends. A sign of a great book is when you forget you are reading and are just trying to learn more about the characters lives. This is exactly what happened when reading Girls in White Dresses. I think most women will identify with many of the experiences of these characters. Experiencing the lives of others, vicariously through literature, is a truly wonderful and unique adventure.
When you can relate to characters, it makes that experience even more meaningful. We read to learn about new lives but also to learn more about ourselves.
Girls in White Dresses will give every woman a glimpse into their own lives from an outside, objective perspective and you will find yourself recommending it to all of your girlfriends. Aug 10, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed Girls in White Dresses and found the three main characters in their 20s to be totally relatable.
It was an easy read but entertaining and I was happy that Close didn't wrap up each girl's story in a nice little pink bow. It was funny, truthful, and engaging. What a great debut for a first-time novelist. Mar 12, Isa rated it liked it. Mar 14, Laura rated it did not like it Shelves: It started out as mildly entertaining and then spiraled downhill into a vodka, martini and tequila soaked disaster.
Reasons for my disgust below: How did this book get published? There is no conflict, no resolution. Close manages to reinforce society's perception of single women. Apparently if you didn't get that ring by spring your final year of college you are destined to move to a hip, happening city, rent a tiny apartm It started out as mildly entertaining and then spiraled downhill into a vodka, martini and tequila soaked disaster.
Apparently if you didn't get that ring by spring your final year of college you are destined to move to a hip, happening city, rent a tiny apartment you can barely afford with your crappy entry level job, drink lots of alcohol and spread your legs for anything with a penis that looks at you over the bar.
There is a cacophony of female characters with no real defining characteristics of attributes that set them apart from each other. I had to keep referring back to the "book extras" provided on the Kindle edition I was reading because I couldn't keep them straight. Want to know why I could not keep them straight? Because their character descriptions would have all read similar to point 2 listed above. Typically a large cast of characters is no real trouble for me I've manage the Outlander series, the Fire and Ice series and others just fine.
But the little twits running around in this trash had no character in every sense of the expression. Aug 17, Erica added it. I'm always skeptical of those sorts of comparisons, but in this case I have to say the book completely delivered. Girls in White Dresses is a novel-in-stories side note: And I loved it.
What I loved most of all was the way the girls talked to each other--Jennifer Close nailed the dialogue, really capturing the way friends speak, the shorthand and the slang that comes from knowing people for forever. But beyond that she nailed the feeling of being in New York in your 20s, when you're vaguely dissatisfied and you don't know why, and your job sucks and your boyfriend sucks and your apartment sucks and the only thing that doesn't suck are your friends.
Also, the chapter on being a bridesmaid was so dead-on I wanted to call my best friend who I was a bridesmaid with and read it to her. View all 5 comments. Nov 27, Beth Orsoff rated it it was ok. This is not really a novel but a bunch of short stories with overlapping character strung together.
If you like reading slice of life books about women in their twenties, you might like this book. If you like books that tell a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, then this one is a pass. There was one character, Abby, who was introduced in the first half of the book that I thought was a little bit interesting and was looking forward to reading more about. But then the author finished with her vignette and except for a passing reference to her later, she was never heard from again.
I think Jennifer Close is a good writer and she could write a good book. This just isn't it. Jun 02, Jaclyn H rated it really liked it. I really, really liked this book. I can understand why most might not, but it really resonated with my life right now. It follows the lives of women in their 20s and then 30s showing the reader the different transitions they each experience. I think one of the reasons why I liked it so much was it really reminded me of my friends and me.
Those moments when we can't believe we have said, done, or thought something. Life is unexpected and each of the girls in the book are completely raw. There's n I really, really liked this book. There's nothing fluffy about the book, and its written in a basic, natural way. You almost feel like you are reading the conversation that you and a friend had the evening before. It's not a fancy book, it really just kind of shows what it is like for single, independent women growing up and trying to navigate their way through life.
Aug 02, Diane Mulligan rated it liked it. This one isn't close to the hype. The prose is so plain that the narrative voice can only be described as journalistic, which doesn't suit a character driven story at all. Everything is told matter of factly instead of being shown through scenes and description. I found the characters generally sympathetic, but Close only scratches the surface of her numerous POV characters.
If you are a single, urban, white woman in your 20s or 30s, the characters and situations feel familiar, which I suppose This one isn't close to the hype. If you are a single, urban, white woman in your 20s or 30s, the characters and situations feel familiar, which I suppose is their appeal, but everything incident is glossed over quickly.
You get that "I know what she means" feeling, but you end up thinking more about your own experiences than the characters'. It's like an extended inside joke. Not my cup of tea, although it made for absurdly fast and easy beach reading.
Jan 14, Hamideh Mohammadi rated it liked it. Anyone who likes contemporary fiction. Isabella, Mary, and Lauren have been best friends for most of their lives.
They had initially met in college and later discovered that they had quite a bit more in common with each other than they had expected. As their friendship has gone on through the years, they have watched as everyone else around them has gotten married, started families, and found success in their chosen careers.
However, the three college friends have consistently noticed that they are 'always the bridesmaid, never the b Isabella, Mary, and Lauren have been best friends for most of their lives. However, the three college friends have consistently noticed that they are 'always the bridesmaid, never the bride' as they struggle through young adulthood together.
As the women gather together to celebrate the good fortune of bride after bride, they find themselves evaluating their own lives and hoping for more in the future. As regularly as clockwork, they get together to ooh and ahh over the most inane bridal gifts; spend time reminiscing about events they would much rather forget; and drink champagne toasts by the case.
They collect party favors by the dozens; eat endless trays of hors d'oeuvre; and cheerfully wear the most garish pastel dresses ever designed. Meanwhile, these women are grappling with some major issues within their own lives that seem to transcend all the congratulatory celebrations that they attend each week. Isabella is stuck working in a dead-end job, Mary is dating a really nice guy whose mother is a stubborn perfectionist, and Lauren is waitressing at a mid-town bar and wondering why she finds the sleazy bartender so attractive.
Amid various booze-filled family holidays, on-the-job flirtations, hungover bridal showers, and disastrous ski vacations, the women share the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life with each other. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't quite sure how enjoyable this book would actually be for me. Mareena's friend had initially recommended Jennifer Close as an author to me - after having read and thoroughly enjoyed this particular book for herself.
Since our tastes in reading are usually so different, I filed Jennifer Close in my 'Eh Mareena put this book on our wishlist about three years ago, and it literally just became available to request approximately a month ago. Since this book arrived at a moment when I was wondering what to read next, I started it immediately. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book.
The story was well-written and remarkably easy reading for me. Conclusion Continuing the Series: It has no vibe at all. The audio version is a horrible way to go with this one, good luck keeping track of who is who thou all the reviews seem to say they had a horrible time keeping track of everyone , i felt like there was 10 different girls in this book!
There is no real plot, just a bunch of single or recently singled girls complaining. Bad chick lit, bad! Well since i remember no one's name, none. Review in GIF Form: Jul 21, Amanda Muchmore rated it did not like it. I read this book during a 6 hour car ride home from vacation. I finished the whole thing with almost an hour to spare. It wasn't terrible, and the writing was witty and almost entertaining This book never really progresses. There is no climax or true plot.
It just follows a few girls nearing the end of their young-adult stage who act way to young for their age, are incredibly insecure, and don't have any standards when it comes to datin I read this book during a 6 hour car ride home from vacation. It just follows a few girls nearing the end of their young-adult stage who act way to young for their age, are incredibly insecure, and don't have any standards when it comes to dating. It was short and sweet, so it wasn't like I spent a week waiting for the book to get better, which was nice.
It was a cute idea for a story, and definitely something any young woman can relate to if going nowhere in life is your kind of thing , but I feel like there could have been so much more to it. The characters just drink constantly and have dead-end jobs and date losers the entire book, and then they whine about to each other about their other friends' happiness, and then they do nothing to fix their problems.
I just feel like someone should tell the author that there are actually people who have found happy relationships, and give her a hug or something I hope she doesn't actually feel that way about her own life: Sep 13, Kelle rated it it was ok.
First off, I received a promotional edition of "selected short stories" with a magazine purchase, not the full volume of stories. I guess the stories are like many of those between friends finding themselves in their young adulthood.
I found some of these female characters to be a bit whiny, and all of them to be very insec First off, I received a promotional edition of "selected short stories" with a magazine purchase, not the full volume of stories. I found some of these female characters to be a bit whiny, and all of them to be very insecure.
She then holds these struggling female characters up against male characters boyfriends of varying degrees of compatibility and commitment to these young women who appear to have no insecurities at all; as if they are naturally strong and confident.
I came away from these short stories wondering how these whiny twenty-year-olds were going to handle their thirties. Given how little I liked the characters - Isabella is whiny, clingy, makes impulsive decisions then whines about the consequences but does nothing to curb her impulsivity - I doubt I would read the full collection. At least I didn't pay for my promotional excerpted edition. Aug 21, Patti Moyles rated it it was ok. Did not love this book, not sure I even liked it.
While the format each chapter was like a short story helped me finish it I usually don't finish books I don't like the format was also my one of my problems with it. I felt like the format kept me from really getting to know the characters. They were just this superficial group of girls who went to school together--I felt you never really learned anything more about them, or why the were friends and stayed friends for so long.
My other proble Did not love this book, not sure I even liked it. My other problem is that I never grew to like any of them. I found them all to be a bunch of spoiled woman who never appreciated anything they had. The complained when they didn't have boyfriends, they complained when they had boyfriends no matter how good these boyfriends were , they complained when they had jobs they didn't like, they complained when they had jobs they liked.
They were suppose to be this group of great friends, but when one of them gets divorced and breaks down during a girls only weekend away, they all stand around and do nothing to support or comfort their friend. Not a book I would recommend. Apr 02, Angeline rated it did not like it. The best thing about this book was the cover graphic. Such a pretty picture.
I borrowed this from the library because the blurb sounded interesting although I hated the last book i read about young women whose friends are all getting married There were too many characters and story lines to keep track of in addition to the main girls, there were storylines dedicated to random coworkers, sisters, boyfriends, parents, roommates.
All were ann The best thing about this book was the cover graphic. All were annoying and shallow, and had easily forgettable names and backgrounds sorry to any Laurens or Marys out there, but i couldnt keep these girls straight. The characters were not at all relatable, and the stories were bland and superficial. And I'm a 20something woman who moved to NYC right after college to pursue big dreams while living in tiny apartments.
I'm not sure who is book was meant for, because it certainly isn't me. If I could give this book zero stars and still have it count, I would.
Luckily it was short. It was Wednesday the 25th of June and I was in English, the girl scared me so I ran out of the classroom and Savvahn followed. We walked around the school for a bit then went down the back.
Crows surrounded us and we saw the girl she looked angry and the crows were loud, they were staring at us so we ran back to the classroom. I went to my dad's and I told my sister, she believed me straight away. We gave the girl a nick name "Carlos" my sisters idea.
Every night I would have the same dream, I was in a car and it would crash off a red bridge and land in a lake, it was very deep and I tried to get out of the car but a black figure would grab my ankle and pull me back into the seat then smash my head on the glass, I would then wake up coughing up water. I eventually got too scared to sleep in my own room so I slept with my mum.
For some reason "Carlos" wouldn't go into the room. It was as if she was scared of something or someone. Months had passed and my mum was getting sick of me sleeping in her bed with her so she told her friend Gemma.
When I walked over to her house in the morning she told me to sit down. Gemma went to her room and came out with a book, in the book was about 6 stones.
There was a green, a pink, a black, a blue, a purple and a yellow stone. Gemma told me to hold each one of them and tell me which one gave off the most energy. I picked up the pink one and dropped it immedialty. It felt like it wasnt't mine so I picked up the green one and I knew this was the one for me.
My great grandma passed a few days before and my mum found her necklace and my mum thought she had found it for a reason, that it was meant for her but she soon realised it was meant for me. She gave it to me and I felt like a higher power was watching over me. I slept at Gemma's that night so she could watch how everything would happen. I woke up at the exact time and saw her standing at the end of the bed, I woke up Gemma and pointed "Carlos" out to her, she just told me to go back to sleep.
All through that night Gemma was being dragged off the bed becaues "Carlos" didn't like it when anyone got in the way and took me away from her. Another month went by of the same routine, My mum couldn't deal with it anymore. One night someone whispered into my mums ear and told her, "Tell her to tell Charlie to go into the light, tell her to come into the light and be on the farm with the chickens and the ducks".
In the morning my mum told me that, I then realised "Carlos'" name was Charlie, and she needed to go. I was home alone and I walked around the room telling Charlie that she needed to go, I told her I wanted to help but I couldn't. It took about an hour until Charlie said goodbye and left. She knew I tried to help and that was enough for her.
I worked out that her mum killed her, I'm not sure why and I wanted to know but I couldn't. Find ghost hunters and paranormal investigators from Australia. The following comments are submitted by users of this site and are not official positions by yourghoststories. Please read our guidelines and the previous posts before posting.
“Girls in White Dresses is a dark, funny, intimate romp through boyfriends, first apartments, and great friendships—but beneath the surface lurks the jealousy, disappointment, and love that didn’t quite end up the way you thought it obmenvisitami.tks: Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers. Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married/5. R ecently I have been seeing the same little girl in a white dress down the road when I am on my way from work. Every night I drive down the same road and there she is standing and staring at me.