Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsin

Available At: Chinook Trail (MS)

Categories : Cursing, Drug Abuse, Sexual

Description: When Petula de Wilde, who is anything but wild, meets Jacob in their school’s dorky art therapy program, his friendship (and something more) helps her overcome intense fears since her sister died. And he has a secret of his own.

YA Label?: Unknown

Notes: This book contains profanity and derogatory terms; alcohol and drug use; and sexual activities.

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Page 117: Jacob’s parents had gone to the art gallery. He pulled me into the apartment and down the hall to his room, leaving the door ajar. We collapsed onto his bed. This time we did more than just kiss. I could not get enough of him. He slipped his real hand under my shirt and I slipped a hand under his.

Page 145: We started kissing again. I slid off his underwear. He slid off mine. “Are we doing what I think we’re doing?” he asked. “I’d like to give it a try.”

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