Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mental Health
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: Life ahead: Proceed with caution.
Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.
The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.
When Jacob joins their ranks, he seems so normal and confident. Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they’re forced to collaborate on a unique school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears.
Until a hidden truth threatens to derail everything.
My Opinion On The Book:
I had a particular problem with this book, even after i finished reading it, i couldn’t tell what the plotline was… Sure, it’s about a grl in a therapy class and a new kid in class with whom she sorts of becomes friends, but i think that’s all i can say about the book as the plot.
I’m not sure if it was because of the way it was written or the story itself, but i found it difficult to follow and get invested on it.
I got to admit i didn’t connect to the characters either, they were sort of interesting and such but not to the point to make me really care about them.
One of the things i did enjoy on the book was the way it portraited grief. Like, many of the people on the book lost someone and every one of them dealt differently, which for me felt very real and important to show… we are not all the same and though there are 5 stages of grief we react differently and move on, or not in different ways.
Overall, i do not regret reading it, and i would recommend it to some specific people but i don’t know… i was expecting something more from it.
‘Til Next Time 😉