Scaredy-Cat

“Dear Aunt Edith,

Today in class my teacher passed out the book, I Know What You Did Last Summer. I know that’s a horror story, and I’m nervous to read it. I don’t want to have nightmares about the book we’re reading in class. How do I read the book without being such a scaredy-cat?”

-ScaredAboutStartingIKWYDLS

Dear ScaredAboutStartingIKWYDLS,

Some people love being scared, for example, those who love roller coasters. Something about the exhilaration of bering scared excites people. Some people DO NOT like scary things, and would prefer to go to bed knowing they’ll sleep soundly.

If you’re one of those people who are dreading starting a scary book like I Know What You Did Last Summer, or even nervous about reading any scary boom you’re starting, here’s some things to keep in mind:

It’s Not Real

Remind yourself if you find yourself dreading the next chapter that she story IS NOT REAL. And most likely, it COULD NEVER BE REAL. Just constantly say that to yourself.

Take Breaks

After every chapter, play a game, read another book, watch a funny movie, do anything to get your mind off of the horrors of your story.

Talk About It

If you talk to your friends about the events from the story, it will be easier to think about.

Read It Well Before Bedtime

Read the book as soon as you get home from school, and long before you have to sleep. Do other things before you sleep so that the book isn’t the last thing you think about.

I hope you can still enjoy the book, though!

With Love,

Aunt Edith

P.S. It shouldn’t be that scary

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