Waiting on Wednesday #31: Phobias + Challenges!

Posted August 23, 2017 by Nori in Book Meme / 1 Comment

by Krystal Sutherland
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to be participating in the Waiting on Wednesday book meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. The feature allows bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

Without further ado…let me introduce you to…

Waiting on Wednesday #31: Phobias + Challenges!A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Pages: 256
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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.

Here’s a fun fact you probably didn’t know about me! When I was younger, for some reason, I went through a phase where I decided to try and memorize as many phobias as possible. I really liked learning the names of the different phobias (I’m not quite sure why). While my days of memorizing phobias are long over, I’m still intrigued by this synopsis.

Have you read this book? What did you think? If not, is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

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