By Sophie Kipner
How to Build a Girl meets Lena Dunham in this brilliant, hilarious novel about coming of age and the
agony of modern relationships.
Meet Tabitha Gray, a delusional girl from Topanga, California, who redefines what it means to be a
truly hopeless romantic. Tabby suffers from an aggressive strain of cock-eyed optimism – no amount
of failure, embarrassment or humiliation can dent her fierce belief that real, true, lasting love is just
around the corner.
Where most people think, fantasise and dream, Tabby says, feels and does. Whether waiting in her
lingerie for Harrison Ford to open the door of his hotel room; following Al Pacino around a Russian
bathhouse; seeking passion with a blind man on the advice of a wise old woman with dementia; or
sending intimate photos to a random sexter with an apparently charming dick, Tabby refuses to be
crushed by her many misadventures.
In this warmly witty debut novel, Sophie Kipner takes a satirical look at the extremity of romantic
desperation, and pays tribute to the deep human need to keep on heroically searching for love despite
our many absurdities.
The Optimist is a book which I think is one of a kind, a story I have never read before or maybe never would get a chance again but I absolutely loved reading this book.
The Optimist is story of girl who is obviously very optimistic, as the book’s name suggests… okay so i have never seen anyone as optimistic as Tabitha but I liked her character even though more often than none I felt like giving her a reality check, but i still loved her character a lot. She was optimistic, weird, confident and comfortable in her very skin.
The Optimist was a very addicting story from the first page to the last and I really really enjoyed reading this story.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(4.5 stars out of 5)
PRAISE FOR THE OPTIMIST
“Funny and upbeat, quite simply the best women’s fiction I’ve read in years.” The Sun
“Hilarious… Kipner writes beautifully, is emotionally intelligent and has a keen eye for detail – the
more absurd the better. I loved every minute.” Daily Mail
“Imagine Bridget Jones. On a sugar high. Constantly… If you’re looking for a romping romcom with
which to escape the knocks of everyday life, this one’s your guy.” The Pool
Visual artist and author Sophie Kipner grew up in Topanga, CA. A graduate of the University of
Southern California, she writes and illustrates her own stories, which have appeared in Kugelmass: A
Journal of Literary Humor, Amy Ephron’s One for the Table, FORTH Magazine and The Big Jewel, and
her artwork, most recently her series of blind contour portraits, DONTLIFTUPDONTLOOKDOWN, has
been shown and sold internationally. She lives in Los Angeles, and The Optimist is her first novel.