Ever since the accidental death of her little sister, Petula in Susin Nielsen’s gorgeous new book ‘Optimists Die First’ has become a little pre-occupied with the many, many ways that you could die going about your everyday life. She is ruled by the anxiety her grief and guilt has forced on her.
- Walking to school? Take the 10 minute detour to avoid the construction site – people have been killed by falling concrete.
- Trying to give a class presentation? Start freaking out about the people around you who may die unexpectedly and have a panic attack.
Petula’s anxiety is getting worse and worse and ends up landing her in art therapy class where she meets Jacob. Petula isn’t ready for friends – too much risk. But when they’re paired together for a project, they have no choice but to get to know each other.
You won’t believe the secrets in that room, and they’re all going to come out, one way or another.
But how likely are the things Petula fears to actually kill you?
Don’t forget to grab your copy of ‘Optimists Die First’ and meet Petula for yourself. (You’ll totally fall in love with her – accept it, embrace it.)