Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Optimists Die First
by Susin Nielsen [YA Nielsen-Fernlund] 

What do a phobic teenage girl and a “bionic” teenage boy have in common aside from their therapy group and their normal young-adult hormonal state? And how do rescued cats with names like Stuart Little factor in? Infused with both light and dark humor, this study of traumatic loss and the resulting guilt and coping strategies is an engaging read. Along the way you’ll find out why: Petula’s picture is on her high school principal’s desk; Jacob doesn’t want his name on his homemade videos; love does NOT conquer all; it IS possible to die as the result of a paper cut; and iconic mime Marcel Marceau remains relevant. (Due to some sexual situations and harsh language, parents may want to review this before letting younger teens read it.)

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Beatle Meets Destiny, by Gabrielle Williams, and The Lonely Hearts Club, by Elizabeth Eulberg.]

[ official Optimists Die First page on the official Susan Nielsen web site ]

Recommended by Becky W.C.
Walt Branch Library

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