Friday, January 26, 2018

REVIEW: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland - Erin

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
by Krystal Sutherland
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399546594
Checked Out From Library

Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love. (Goodreads)


An interesting take on mental health and abuse. I wish that there was more to the story. “Dear author, please write a second book!!” lol . I really enjoyed reading about Esther overcoming her fears. It kind of makes me want to overcome mine too. A great mix of reality and fantasy. Great atmosphere! Great characters! Just great overall read! Due to drinking, sexual references, and swearing, probably not for the Jr. High (or at least younger Jr. High) school kids. Though it still might be something many of them would like.

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