ARC Review: Optimists Die First, by Susin Nielson


Author: Susin Nielson
Publisher: Anderson Press
Release Date: 2nd March 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 272
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.
I’ve been eager to get my hands on a Susin Nielson book ever since I met her at DeptCon 2 last year, but I just haven’t gotten around to it (I feel so unbelievably guilty because she’s such a lovely person).
So, naturally, when I received a free proof copy from Easons the other night I was both delighted and excited to dive right in.
And thank goodness I did, because she is worth all the hype.
It. Was. AMAZING!!!
The writing style was so easy to follow and so natural and the plot itself was beautiful and poignant and Petula and Jacob’s romance is one that’ll stay with me for a long time yet…
A heart-warming romance but also a story of friendship and its complexities. The cats were hilarious and the secrets that Jacob and Petula were both hiding from one another were so well-thought out.
I really, really loved this story and I really loved the ending. It was very satisfying and I’d recommend this to anyone!

5 out of 5 stars!