Title: A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Pages: 368 Pages
Publisher: Hot Key Books/Bonnier Zaffre
Esther Solar’s family is . . . unusual.
Her father hasn’t left the basement in six years.
Her brother is terrified of darkness.
Esther isn’t afraid of anything – because she avoids pretty much everything.
Elevators are off limits, as are open spaces, crowds, family pets, birds, needles, haircuts, dolls and mirrors.
But when Esther is pick-pocketed by her cocky old classmate Jonah Walker, Esther and Jonah become surprising friends.
Jonah sets a challenge: every week they must work their way through the world’s fifty most common phobias. Skydiving, horse riding, beekeeping, public speaking, reptile houses – they plan to do it all.
Soon their weekly foray into fear becomes the only thing that keeps them tethered to reality, and to each other.
But each is keeping a secret from the other, a secret that threatens to rip them apart.
Well, this book was strange.
A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland happens to be the strangest book that I have read in a long time. To put this in to context the book that I am currently reading has a dog that has had human testacies implanted into its body and turned into a human and yet this book is still pipping it to the post.
The story focuses on a family who are convinced that they are being followed by death and that it is their worst fear which will ultimately lead to their personal demise. Esther has created a list of potential things that will be her undoing. With the help of her family and friends she starts facing her fears one by one. As she completes each task she becomes more confident but life is always there to remind you that you actually don’t have that much power at all.
Even though I described this book as strange I did really enjoy it. I loved the quirkiness and the eccentric delivery. I have genuinely not seen anxiety tackled in such a fresh way before. Sutherland highlights the irrationality of fear without a “buck up” attitude. She is sensitive.
A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland is definitely a book to add to your to be read pile especially if you are a sufferer of any form of anxiety.
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