Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First

Audiobook CD - 2017 | Unabridged.
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Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has written a laugh-out-loud and heartrending novel for fans of Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means and Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will .

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 threatens to derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .

Praise:
"Nielsen writes with sensitivity, empathy, and humor." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Nielsen excels at depicting troubled, clever teenagers in familiar environments." -- School Library Journal, Starred

" An] empathic and deeply moving story, balanced by sharply funny narration and dialogue." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred

"A poignant exploration into the nuances of healing." -- Quill and Quire, Starred

Publisher: New York : Listening Library, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2017
ISBN: 9781524723026
Branch Call Number: YA Audiobook FIC Niels
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
digital,optical,1.4 m. per second,stereo,Digital recording
4 audio discs (5 hours) : digital ; 12 cm

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