A Beautiful Day to Die

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FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

Original title: Kaunis ilma kuolla

Author: Veera Salmi

Published: 2020

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Young Adult (13 or 14+)

Pages: 221

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Isra has decided to die. But before that she needs to complete a rescue mission! Embark on a road trip with Isra, her friend Leo, 900 euros and a stolen sky-blue Hyundai.

Leo and Isra are not the most popular kids of their high school. They don’t have high expectations, and nobody expects much of them. So why not take a break from school – and a break from life, and try to do something meaningful before it’s all too late?

Funny, realistic and tragic story of teenagers who don’t know what they want, and are tired of trying to figure it out on their own.


"Veera Salmi depicts youth bravely, without shying away from dark waters, but still describes everything through joy and positiveness – much like the American YA author John Green." – Lastenkirjahylly blog

"The road trip-inspired book realistically and credibly describes the lives of young people in situations from which there seems to be no way out. The novel challenges us to think about the significance of starting points for life and its direction. At the same time, it tells a resounding story about the difficulty of making choices, getting to know yourself, and taking responsibility.” - Topelius Prize Jury


Veera Salmi

Veera Salmi (1976) is a Helsinki-based writer, who has worked over 15 years as a kindergarten teacher. The real starting point for her career as a writer was given by the children in the kindergarten, who said they wanted to hear stories of children who live in the city. So she started writing such stories. Now Veera Salmi is a bestselling author of over 20 books.


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