Optimists Die First is an excellent YA book. To cope with a family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde sees danger around every corner from eating a hamburger to walking near a construction site.

In a mandatory art therapy class she, the fearful pessimist, meets a quirky group of teens who all have their burdens. Among these is Jacob the apparent optimist who seems so normal except for his prosthetic arm. This is a love story between Petula and Jacob that threatens to not be.

A wonderful tale with even more wonderful and believable characters. A must read.