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Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Hardcover
Feb 21, 2017 | 240 Pages
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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

“Grief and guilt permeate Nielsen’s (We Are All Made of Molecules) empathic and deeply moving story, balanced by sharply funny narration and dialogue.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

“The dialogue is effortless, the plot moves at a fast pace, and the scenes come alive. . . . a poignant exploration into the nuances of healing.” —Quill and Quire, Starred

“Heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a solid choice for readers looking for a book to make them cry and laugh at the same time.” —Booklist

“Susin Nielsen once more brings readers a story that is infused with light-hearted humour, even as it touches on numerous weighty issues.” —Canadian Children’s Book News

“Here, as in Nielsen’s previous award-winning novels, her use of first-person narration is compellingly believable. The short chapters sprint by with sitcom pacing and snappy dialogue . . . This novel is about how good people can make mistakes and then learn to accept them.” Vancouver Sun

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