Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for many Canadian TV series.
Nielsens first two young adult novels, Word Nerd and Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, received critical acclaim and multiple Young Readers Choice Awards. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen won the prestigious Governor Generals Literary Award, the Canadian Library Associations Childrens Book of the Year and many Young Readers Choice Awards. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two extremely destructive cats.
Optimists Die First
(Paperback) - 2018
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SynopsisEver since tragedy struck her family, Petula has learned to see danger everywhere whether its crossing the road or eating a poached egg. Petulas determined not to let her guard down, even if this means allowing herself to be ruled by anxiety and grief, and losing her best friend.
Then Jacob walks into her therapy group. Strikingly tall and confident, hes survived a different kind of disaster and still come out smiling. At first Petula is repelled by his optimism, yet even she cant deny their chemistry together.
But optimism is blind and so is love. What will happen if Petula gives in to both?