Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund
Petula is getting by, but barely. A few years ago her little sister died and her guilt over that is manifesting itself as various phobias of potentially dangerous situations like being in an elevator and walking past a construction site. Petula even scours the news looking for more accidental deaths and puts her clipping in a scrapbook. When a new boy shows up in her art therapy class she wants nothing to do with him at first, but she soon finds herself letting him into her life.
This is a good book about the havoc that grief can wreak on one’s life. Petula has real problems, but it is enjoyable to watch her bumble through life and eventually start healing. Check out this book and spend some time with her and her motley crew of art therapy classmates!