A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

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4.03 (7,067 ratings by Goodreads)

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A funny, moving love story about facing fears hand in hand - one snake/spider/potentially unstable fourth-floor balcony at a time. From acclaimed author of OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS, Krystal Sutherland.

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 pickpocketed 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, reptilehouses - 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 269g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781471406614
  • 45,557

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Esther keeps a semi-definitive list of her worst nightmares on her at all times. (Don't you?) Or at least, she did, until a boy in her class named Jonah pickpocketed her and took it. Instead of returning the list, Jonah decides to help Esther face all the fears on her list. As they go, she discovers a new one: falling in love * Hello Giggles * Krystal Sutherland's latest read is packed full of humour, romance and scenes that will have you close to tears. It's an emotional turmoil and one that you should add on your TBR pile ASAP * Maximum Pop * 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 * Lisa Talks About * A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is one of my new favourite books and encapsulates what it means to face your fears and beat them * Powisamy * I found Esther incredibly inspiring, brave and completely unique. I could gush about Semi Definitive for hours * Fantastic Book Dragon * Sutherland's writing is nuanced and beautiful, and her dealing with mental health issues is delicate and effective. This was a really touching look at friendship, love, mental health issues, and dealing with the circumstances life has thrust upon you * Much Ado About Books * Australian author Krystal Sutherland has a wonderful gift for getting into the minds of young adults and exploring their thoughts, feelings and fears with emotion and dark humour * Culture Fly *
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About Krystal Sutherland

The child of Jehovah's Witnesses, Krystal was forbidden from ever reading Harry Potter, a rule she broke at the age of 10 when she stole a copy from the local library and smuggled it into her bedroom. She's been an avid reader ever since. Since escaping Townsville in 2011, Krystal has lived in Sydney and Amsterdam where she worked as a magazine editor and foreign correspondent for Hijacked, one of Australia's largest youth culture websites. She has also edited Sydney's Blitz magazine, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Young Writers Award. OUR CHEMICAL HEARTS, Krystal's debut novel, was published to great acclaim. A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is her second novel. Follow Krystal at krystalsutherland.com or on Twitter: @km_sutherland
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