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Optimists Die First

Susin Nielsen (Author)

Ever since tragedy struck her family, Petula has learned to see danger everywhere – whether it’s crossing the road or eating a poached egg. Petula’s determined not to let her guard down, even if this means allowing herself to be ruled by anxiety and grief, and losing her best friend.
Then Jacob walks into her therapy group. Strikingly tall and confident, he’s survived a different kind of disaster and still come out smiling. At first Petula is repelled by his optimism, yet even she can’t deny their chemistry together.
But optimism is blind – and so is love. What will happen if Petula gives in to both?

Darkling

K M Peyton (Author)

Darkling is ragged and wild, but Jenny can't help falling for him. As soon as her grandfather buys the chestnut colt, she is thrilled. But a racing colt turns out to be a frightening responsibility - especially one as temperamental as Darkling . . .

A Sudden Silence

Eve Bunting (Author)

Jesse Harmon will never forget the night his sixteen-year-old younger brother, Bry, was killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver. Jesse himself jumped to safety and, if he had been quicker, maybe he could have saved his brother too. Tortured by guilt, a guilt made worse by his growing love for Chloe, Bry's girl, Jesse begins a search for the murderer... with shocking and unexpected results.

Celebutantes: On the Avenue

Antonio Pagliarulo (Author)

The Hamilton triplets - Madison, Park, and Lexington - are accustomed to living in the public eye. Heiresses to a billion-dollar media empire, they have been raised in New York's most elite social circles and, at 16, know firsthand the demands of being celebutantes. There are people to impress, appearances to make, and paparazzi to outrun. Not to mention high school to finish.

But when fashion editor Zahara Bell is found dead in a one-of-a-kind frock from Lex's unreleased clothing line, and then the priceless Avenue Diamond goes missing, getting to class is as far from the triplets' minds as their first pair of Manolos. One of the girls is a suspect, and the sisters find themselves in the middle of a scandal that could sink their reputations and their father's companies for good. And the press is ready, willing, and able to lend a hand.

The Hamilton sisters need to stick closer than ever before. The killer is still out there, and if they don't solve the case their threesome could become a twosome quicker than you can say Cartier.

A Voice in the Distance

Tabitha Suzuma (Author)

In his final year at the Royal College of Music, star pianist Flynn Laukonen has the world at his feet. He has moved in with his girlfriend Jennah and is already getting concert bookings for what promises to be a glittering career. Yet he knows he is skating on thin ice - only two small pills a day keep him from plunging back into the whirlpool of manic depression that once threatened to destroy him. Unexpectedly his friends seem to be getting annoyed with him for no apparent reason, he needs less and less sleep, he is filled with unbridled energy. Events begin to spiral out of control and Flynn suddenly finds himself in hospital, heavily sedated, carnage left behind him. The medication isn't working any more, the dose needs to be increased, and depression strikes again, this time with horrific consequences. His freedom is snatched away and the medicine's side-effects threaten to jeopardize his chances in one of the biggest piano competitions of his life. It seems like he has to make a choice between the medication and his career. But in all this he has forgotten the one person he would give his life for, and Flynn suddenly finds himself facing the biggest sacrifice of all.
Originals by Adam Grant

In this extract from Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World, Adam Grant looks ...

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