Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share the titles we can't wait to release.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen. 240 p. Random House Children's Books, February 21, 2017. 9780553496901.

Publisher synopsis: Beware: Life ahead. 
Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. 
The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project, gradually inspiring her to let go of some of her fears. But as the two grow closer, a hidden truth behind why he’s in the group could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .

I learned about this when a FB friend posted a pic of the arc he scored. I have read two of her books, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen and We are All Made of Molecules

1 comment:

  1. I had not yet heard about a new Susin Nielsen. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I'll be looking forward to that one. I read "Word Nerd" and "Please George Clooney, Marry my Mom" and liked them both.