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Top5…#3: Susin Nielsen’s Top 5 Reasons To Be An Optimist


This month, Susin Nielsen released her latest YA novel ” Optimists Die First”.  I really enjoyed reading and reviewing this book, that I had to invite her to share with us her top 5 reasons to be an optimist.


But 1st, here is a preview on what I had to say about this novel.

“I really do need to take a moment and applaud Susin because of what she has accomplished with this book.  She was able to send a loud, clear message to shatter the ignorance of the disbelievers, without them even realizing that.”

You can read my full review here



Susin’s 5 Reasons To Be An Optimist 

We live in a world with so many medical and technological advancements that have made our lives longer and more comfortable – what’s not to celebrate?

Being an optimist is a much nicer way to go through life, assuming the best in people, assuming things will go well. 

It makes day-to-day living much more enjoyable and fun. 

It opens you up to trying new experiences. 

It lets you believe that you will lose those five pounds you gained over the holidays, you really will, one of these days. 


About the Author:

Susin 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 over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim.

It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. Her third novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, was published in August 2012. It went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award, and a number of Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.”

Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Susin’s new novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, will be published in Canada, the US and the UK in Spring of 2015. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats. She is delighted to have finally figure out how to “claim” her author profile on

Links:          GoodReads         Amazon



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