A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares was an adorable and fun read. Esther’s family is cursed. They have been ever since her grandfather met Death. Now they are all cursed to suffer from one great fear in their lives, a fear that will eventually kill them. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and stuck living in their basement, her mother is terrified of bad luck and her brother has a gripping fear of the dark. Esther has escaped the curse so far, keeping a list of potential fears to steer clear of, that is until she reconnects with Jonah Smallwood, her first school yard crush. Then everything changes.
Look, I’m just going to put it out there that this story, these characters are most definitely not realistic, so if that is what you are looking for, keep looking. What it is though is a quirky, unique and fun read. I absolutely adored it. This book is everything YA should be, engaging, fun, memorable, while still touching on important issues such as mental health. I loved the characters in this book. Esther, Eugene, Jonah, Heph and her mother. I seriously couldn’t pick a favourite. They were each entertaining and memorable.
Semi-Definitive List of Nightmares has a really cute storyline with plenty of nerdy, pop-culture references to keep us bookworms happy. What it also does is give a clear insight into anxiety and depression while still keeping the novel light and fun. This was the first YA novel I had read in quite some time and it was a great reintroduction for me, leading me to continue my roll. If you want something light-hearted and fun I would most definitely recommend Sutherland’s work and I know I’ll also be looking to pick up her debut novel in the near future also.