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Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A

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  • Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A 
    Title: Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, A
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 28/08/2017
    Imprint: PENGUIN
    Price: $19.99
    Publishing status: Active

    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.

    Gleebooks review:
    Esther Solar’s family is irregular: ever since her grandfather was cursed by Death, every family member suffers at least one great fear—of something from which they are doomed to die. It’s limited, abiding by a phobia-led life, and Esther has the problem of not knowing her greatest fear, so she keeps a comprehensive list, compulsively adding to it as new worries occur to her. It’s not until Jonah Smallwood reappears in her life and convinces her to tackle her list head on that Esther starts to question her entire family’s status. Masterfully interweaving family relationships, humour, love, and mental disorders, Sutherland allows us perspective on a damaged family while simultaneously bringing a deft and gentle lightness. Highly recommended! Lynndy

    ISBN: 9780143573913
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