Book Review: Nightmares! (Nightmares! #1) by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

Delacorte Books for Young Readers Published Sept 9, 2014 368 Pages
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published Sept 9, 2014
368 Pages

Charlie Laird is having a rough time. His dad married a woman Charlie believes to be a witch, they moved into the scary purple mansion at the top of the hill and finally Charlie is having nightmares causing him to dread going to sleep.

But when Charlie’s nightmares begin to become reality, he needs to find the courage against the things he fears the most.

Charlie was a jerk. I didn’t like him in the least. He wasn’t the best friend a person can have (and he knew it), he was so rude to his stepmother, his father and his brother. He is justified at being angry but he is not justified in being a doucebag to his family or his friends.

There were moments when he would go out on the limb for his friends (pretty much too up the entire book) but it was hard to say if he was doing it more for himself and the glory or if he was doing to truly help those that he love.  I did not like Charlie in the least bit and after reading the summary of book two, I still will not like Charlie.

Two other issues  I have with this book are Charlie’s biggest fear was predictable and the way the story is told is predictable. However, the story was written well. You can see talent in the writers and see some creativity but I feel that they were playing it safe. There were some points in which I kept comparing it to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. They are two different stories but the similarities if you read that book are there.

What I really liked about Nightmares! regardless of everything else going on was the fact that it was a nice story. Who isn’t scared of having their nightmares coming into real life?  I felt that they (the authors) were creative enough to build off this idea but overall the story was lacking.

2.5 Pickles

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