One of the things on my semi-definitive list is a direct hit from a Category 5 hurricane. I’m not sure Jonah could, or would really want to, walk me through this fear, but I’d love for someone to remove the fear of drowning and losing everyone and everything I love in one fell swoop. The anticipation might be worse than the actual event in my case, which makes me feel so very lucky, but, still, we wait and wait and wait some more. Today, I am here to give you my favorite quotes from this adorable book, of my Semi-Definitive List of Favorite Quotes.
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.
Krystal Sutherland was born and raised in Townsville, Australia—an inhospitable land where crocodiles, snakes, and jellyfish are always on the prowl. She grew up living directly across the road from the local library and spent almost every day after school (and weekends, too) having adventures between the pages of books (mainly because it was too dangerous to go outside).She moved to Sydney for college (and safety), where she cut her writing teeth as the editor of the student magazine at the University of New South Wales. She kept gathering tales as an exchange student in Hong Kong and as a foreign correspondent in Amsterdam. Her first book, Our Chemical Hearts, was released in 2016, and was published in over twenty countries.Her three greatest fears are heights, dark caves . . . and (perhaps worst of all) frogs.
A SEMI-DEFINITIVE LIST OF FAVORITE QUOTES
This is one of the most quotable books of the year for me, so I had LOTS to choose from. Below is my pared down list (semi-definitive list) for your enjoyment.
So, you see, the story of how Esther Solar was robbed by Jonah Small is quite straightforward. The story of how she came to love Jonah Smallwood is a little bit more complicated.
Esther changed into the costume of Wednesday Addams, and then they went, the three stranges teenagers in town: a ghost who couldn’t speak, a boy who hated the dark, and a girl who dressed as someone else everywhere she went.
Of course not. No one wants to murder ridiculous people. It gets the copys asking too many questions.
And that was how she got stuck with the responsibility of caring for Jonah’s stupid cate, who he named Fleayonce Knowles.Naturally.
Esther put the box into her ba and drove home with Eugen and Heph, wondering if Jonah Smallwood was sprinkled with some king of enchanted dust as a child.
Her edges were soft, and her color was dim, and sometimes little particles of her dusted off and bled into the air.
“Sorry, but I’m far too emotionally damaged for my likeness to be included in murals.”
Death was looking for Esther Solar; as long as she never dressed as herself, she hoped he’d always have trouble finding her.
Little did humans understand that Death, too, was surprised by death sometimes.
So bring him along, get him in on the nightmare action.
“What if I die?“What if you live?”
September 5 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Chase Away the Nightmares: A Playlist
September 6 – Arctic Books – Reviews
September 7 – YA Wednesdays – Favorite Quotes
September 8 – Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Author Guest Post: Krystal’s Top 10 AddictionsWeek Two:
September 12 – Twinning for Books
September 13 – Love is Not a Triangle – Author Guest Post: Would You Rather? With the Cast of ASDLOWN
September 14 – Forever Young Adult – Review
September 15 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&AWeek Three:
September 18 – Xpresso Reads – Review & My Top 5 Fears/Phobias
September 19 – Chasing Faerytales – Review
September 20 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review
September 21 – YA and Wine – Author Guest Post: Krystal’s Biggest Fears
September 22 – A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Psychology of Phobias