Sep 19, 2017

5 Reasons you should read A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares || Blog Tour ( Review + Giveaway)

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Title : A Semi - Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author : Krystal Sutherland
Release Date : September 5th 2017
Publisher : G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis :

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.

1. Krystal Sutherland

Sutherland wins, hands down at crafting relatable and bittersweet contemporaries. I loved her debut Our Chemical Hearts to pieces because how realistic and spot on it was. Her writing and characters are so authentic, deep and just perfect! She's definitely become an autobuy author and a contemporary favourite by now!

2. The characters are delightful

The small cast of characters are amazing. Esther's voice was so relatable and I enjoyed her so much! Jonah, despite the sketchy introduction ended up being a sweetheart. I loved all the minor characters, Esther's twin Eugene, her best friend Hepzibah, and her one of a kind family. 

3. The book is all about the fears we have in life

Esther's family is scared of a lot of things. She even has a list of 50 nightmares. The constant anxiety over these fears is what the book is all about, and it was executed perfectly. As someone with anxiety myself, I related to it very deeply. ( Especially Eugene who was scared of the dark - which is something I share, not to his level though. My dad has actually installed light switches on the outside of all the rooms in our house, because I am scared to step into a dark one ) From the little fears to the worst nightmares, the book explores how we sometimes let them take control over us, and it gave me a new perspective on a lot of things.

4. The book deals with tough issues yet managed to stay light

The book deals with quite a lot of serious concepts. Anxiety, depression, selective mutism, abuse - yet the treatment of them is pretty unique. This book portrays mental illnesses as a regular part of life, and I loved that. Certain things were so matter of fact, and I appreciated how mental illnesses didn't define people nor was it an exclusive concept. It was so refreshing. 

5. It's one of the quirkiest books you'll ever read

It's the perfect teenage story - relatable, authentic and on point :D It had its moments of humor - at times dark humor, fun, lighthearted moments as well as heartbreak, and lots of powerful feelings and emotions. And of course, the pop culture references deserve a special mention. Overall, it's my ideal contemporary book - bittersweet and realistic, and I'll recommend it to each and everyone, because this is a must read for sure!


Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland. (ARV: $17.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 4, 2017 and 12:00 AM on September 25, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about September 27, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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