Happy Nightmares!

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 There is no human on planet earth that is not afraid of something. But it is not until we reach deep into ourselves and we realize why we are afraid can we overcome them.

 There is no human on planet earth that is not afraid of something. But it is not until we reach deep into ourselves and we realize why we are afraid can we overcome them. And when we conquer our fears, it brings a beautiful feeling, an emotion that is so astounding it could almost be a dream. This is one of the thoughtful messages of Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, a book that teaches us about fear with an intriguing story and creative plot.

 Charlie Laird is a seventh grader whose life is going awry. His mom has died of a disease, and his father has remarried to Charlotte DeChante, who he suspects is a witch and is stealing his family members. He had to move into the creepy purple mansion, which is not the best place to be in the middle of a night of darkness. On top of that, he’s having nightmares about a witch who is planning to eat him, and trying to give him to the mysterious creature roaming around in the woods: his worst fear. But when Charlie finds out that everybody’s worst nightmares are coming alive, his life takes a real turn, making him rude to the people around him. Will Charlie find out how to stop Charlotte and end his nightmares that are coming to life, or will he and the people around him be terrified forever?

 One of the best elements of this novel is that it is a read for everybody. Of course, the book is categorized as fantasy, but the characters are developed and the story seems so real that realistic-fiction lovers will enjoy it just as much as fantasy lovers. Segel and Miller have written it with imagination and magic, but also lessons and reality. Also, anyone can relate to this novel, for everyone has nightmares and fears. We all know what it’s like to be afraid or feel alone and start being hostile to the ones we love. Nightmares teaches us about the importance of conquering fears and that we need to learn to let go and live in the moment. Children from ages of eight years old to thirteen years old would adore reading this novel because of the layers of density of the characters and plot. No matter how old you are, you will learn something from the story, but still enjoy exploring the world that the authors have created with their extremely descriptive writing. With zombies, sasquatches, witches, gorgons, and overly-optimistic clowns, but also dynamic characters, intense emotions, and hidden messages, there are truly no boundaries for how deep you can transport yourself into the black words written on the crisp white pages.

The best novels are ones that can appeal to a wide variety of audience. Nightmares is one of these books, with everything from clowns to dealing with adversities. This novel by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller is perfect for lovers of any genre(except for comedy). With a twisting plot and an inspiring end, it is definitely a book that no one will be able to put down.