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"Esther Solar's family is unusual. Her father hasn't left the basement in 6 years. Her brother is terrified of darkness. Esther isn't afraid of anything, a feat she achieves by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators are off limits, as are open spaces, crowds, family pets, birds, needles, haircuts, dolls and mirrors.
"Then Esther is mugged by her old classmate, Jonah Walker. Jonah is just as she remembers him: rude, cocky and from a broken family. He's also utterly fearless. Jonah's theft brings their lives crashing back together, and Esther and Jonah become surprising friends. Jonah sets a challenge: every week they must work their way through the world's 50 most common phobias."
A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares features a sweet, slow-burning romance and deals with dark themes of mental illness beautifully.
It instantly draws you in with its unique, quirky premise and by delving straight into the action. Krystal Sutherland writes about family, friendship and mental illness in a wonderful way and her lovely, lyrical style adds to its overall brilliance.
I absolutely loved A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. It is an exceptional YA book, with a clear grasp of the issues it addresses.