This is My Worst Nightmare Please Be Nice to Me

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Author:Sofia Pires Baquedano

  • Publisher: Atmosphere Press
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 298
  • ISBN-13: 979-8-89132-318-6

Sofia Pires Baquedano’s This is My Worst Nightmare Please Be Nice to Me presents an intricate web of emotional and relational echoes against the somber backdrop of a hospital. The narrative begins with Charlie's struggle with his MRI, intertwining his nightly terrors and insecurities with Sunny’s tangled feelings toward their mutually shared past. The novel excels in portraying the raw, unfiltered emotions of its characters. The narration is remarkably evocative, bringing to life the cold, clinical environment of the hospital, contrasted against the fraught internal landscapes of the characters. Baquedano’s character-building is exquisite; each character, whether Charlie's oscillating despair and humor or the supportive yet emotionally burdened narrator, is sketched meticulously. The narrator’s parasocial relationship with Charlie’s nurses, Jamie and Hayden, and Doctor Gonzalez, is insightful and augments depth to the storyline, illustrating the isolation and search for connection in trying times.

The book’s reflective, almost philosophical dialogues often explore deeper themes such as the essence of existence and mortality. This is especially evident when Charlie’s anxiety about the MRI is intertwined with profound musings on life, memory, and identity. However, the book's intricate narrative style and often overly detailed observations can sometimes slow down the pacing, making it easy for readers to lose track. While enriching the plot, the frequent shifts in timeline and perspective also require a focused engagement on the part of readers. Baquedano’s exploration of complex relationships, such as Charlie and Louis's strained friendship, also merits praise. Through flashbacks and current events, readers witness the evolution of their bond and the undercurrents of resentment and love that define it. The book's depiction of grief is vivid and touching, encapsulating the overwhelming sense of loss and the struggle to find solace. The subplots involving supporting characters, like Andy at the flower shop, are additional layers that increase the realism of this engaging narrative. This is My Worst Nightmare Please Be Nice to Me is a poignant, profoundly reflective novel that delves into the core of human emotion, memory, and connection in the face of struggle and imminent death. Its rich character development and philosophical leanings are thought-provoking. The author melds humor with intriguing characters to offer entertainment and make readers think about life. 

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott

Reviewed Date: June 11, 2024

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