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Optimists Die First

Susin Nielsen

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 could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .

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 could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .
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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 could derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Julia Whelan

Length:

5h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:06


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:22


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:53


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:42


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:53


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:00


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:17


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:15


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:53


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:31


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

00:30