A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares


by: Sutherland, Krystal
Format: Paperback

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Product Description From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love—one debilitating phobia at a time.   Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can’t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.   The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.   Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.   Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she’d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love. Review Praise for A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares:An Amazon Editor's Favorite YA Book for Fall 2017 An Amazon September Best of the Month Pick — YA/Teens A Hello Giggles Best of September Pick A Bustle Best of September YA PickA 2017 B&N Best Young Adult Book “ [A] bewitching book . . . Sutherland's fertile imagination makes this book a deep dive into the intricacies of family, friends, and personal history. . . . A fresh and compelling look at mental illness.”— Kirkus Reviews “[A] darkly ironic tale about an offbeat dysfunctional family.”— Publishers Weekly  “ Rainbow Rowell devotees, John Green junkies, and fans of This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales will find a lot to love here.”— School Library Journal  “ [I]mmediately hooks readers . . . Libraries should purchase this for readers looking for something quite out of the ordinary.”— VOYA  “ Dark, magical, and humorous, this is a quirky and cohesive novel about fear, depression, and obsession with death.”— Booklist  “[A] magical take on mental illness that feels very real.”— Bustle Praise for Our Chemical Hearts: Indies Introduce Summer 2016 Pick Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List – "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers" “ The most romantic read of the season is an arguably anti-YA story… It’s the  complex chemistry between Henry and Grace that  touches the heart and doesn’t let go.”— USA Today “The author pulls no punches…  emotionally engaging.”— Kirkus Reviews “Eloquently conveying the complexity of love and grief, debut novelist Sutherland creates a story  filled with intriguing and memorable characters.”— Publishers Weekly  “This  much-buzzed-about debut captures the messy, awkward, all-consuming emotions of a teen’s first love.”— Entertainment Weekly, Fall Books Preview “ Emotionally complex, funny, filled with well-realized and diverse characters and realistic motivations,  Sutherland’s debut will stick with readers.”— Booklist “This  magnificent debut from 26-year-old Australian author Krystal Sutherland tracks the unlikely romance of Henry Page and Grace Town, two very different teens chosen to edit their high school paper together…You could probably learn a thing or two from [Henry’s] and Grace’s  emotional odyssey.”— Teen Vogue, “October’s Best New YA Books”  “This book delves far deeper than the typical high school romance, and its  savvy wordplay and Henry’s  self-deprecating charm will win over fans of Stephen Chbosky’s  The Perks of Being a Wallflower and John Gree


Product Code: 9780399546600
ISBN: 039954660X
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.47 x 0.98 x 8.15 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.76 pounds