Friday, February 24, 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen


Petula De Wilde went from a girl who enjoyed life to a girl who is scared of everything after tragedy struck her family. In her mind something bad could happen at any time. She has withdrawn from her friends and no longer enjoys what she use to. Because of her grief she must attend art therapy class with others that she does not connect to. That is until Jacob arrives on the scene, and he just may be able to help Petula overcome some of her fears and enjoy life again.

I don't think this book lived up to what I had in my mind, but it was still an enjoyable book. I did like seeing into Petula's mind even though her anxiousness touched a place in my own. So if you are in a place where your anxiety and fears come easily you may not want to read this at this time. Even though I did feel where Petula was coming from I was able to enjoy the book without my own anxiety plaguing me. I do think this story was a good one for showing the fears that some people have. I still do not believe it would convince those who refuse to believe anxiety is real, but I thought it was a good portrayal of someone who has faced tragedy and the aftereffects. This book also touched on alcoholism and other methods of dealing with tragedy. I liked all the characters that were presented in the art therapy class and their contributions to Petula's story.

I rated this 3/5 stars.

I received this free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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