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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 8 - 12
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551439468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551439464
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,879,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—All Haley would like to do is enjoy her junior year of high school with her friend Lynn, who has just bought her first car. However, Lynn's new boyfriend, Chad, ends up taking Haley's place in Lynn's life and passenger seat. With Haley trapped at home, she finds it difficult to avoid her mom's lecherous boyfriend, Larry. One evening, he attacks Haley, and she barely escapes being raped. Her solution is to lock her doors, prompting her mom to think that she is smoking marijuana. To add to Haley's confusion, Lynn is planning to have sex for the first time and needs Haley's help to buy condoms. With her life turned upside down, the teen finds an unexpected ally in Chad's friend Mike. When Haley's mom confronts her about buying condoms, Haley also tells her about Larry's attack. Realistic dialogue and situations characterize this novel. Struggling readers will appreciate the quick pacing and the low reading/high interest level. However, multiple plotlines and an abrupt, unresolved ending are confusing and unsatisfying.—H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL
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"Captures the emotions and feelings of sixteen year old girls perfectly...a very good addition to the young adult genre." (Sukee's Book Bites 2008-09-01)

"Tilly uses Haley's story as a way of discussing sexual abuse...The dialogue between Haley and her best friend...is indicative of what teens deal with on a daily basis." (VOYA 2008-10-01)

"Truly excellent tale...the voice and persona of Haley capture what is so worth cherishing in an adolescent." (Resource Links 2008-10-01)

"A lightning-quick read that...will likely provoke some discussion among young people about how to handle difficult situations." (Quill & Quire 2008-10-01)

"Fast-paced, with short chapters and high-interest content. Haley's thought process...is heartbreaking." (KLIATT 2008-11-01)

"First Time illustrates a dangerous situation in which Haley learns to regret ignoring her instincts...Recommended." (CM Magazine 2008-11-07)

"Tilly has written in an immediate, sometimes raw manner." (Times Colonist 2008-11-01)

"Tilly accomplishes her goal of getting into a teenager's head in 100 short pages, and the novel is riveting." (Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee 2009-01-01)

"A fast-paced, intense novel that is sure to keep you guessing and turning its pages...definitely worth a read." (TeensReadToo.com 2009-02-11)

"Realistic dialogue and situations characterize this novel. Struggling readers will appreciate the quick pacing and the low reading/high interest level." (School Library Journal 2009-03-01)

"Teens will find themselves engrossed in this tale of sexual abuse. Self-examination is just one of the outcomes for those who read this tale. Recommended.' (Library Media Connection 2009-03-01)

"Mature readers will sympathize with Haley's difficult situation." (The Horn Book Guide 2008-12-01)

"The lack of a sweetly tied up ending is a point in this title's favor, allowing the reader to come up with their own ideas... A possible high/low choice for high school age female readers." (NMRLS Youth Services Book Review Group 2009-04-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
FIRST TIME is a fast-paced, intense novel that is sure to keep you guessing and turning its pages.

In 112 pages, the protagonist retells a shocking story with vivid detail and shocking honesty. The story builds slowly at first, crescendoing, coming to an abrupt halt when Larry, Haley's mom's boyfriend, enters her room, when her mom isn't at home.

The plot quickly spirals, while Haley is left alone to fend for herself. She battles with the idea of telling her mother the truth about Larry, but has nobody she can turn to for advice in the meantime.

Her best friend has been swept off her feet by the popular, high school grad who works at the local Dairy Queen (who doesn't even remember her just a day after they meet, after they exchange numbers).

Filled with conflicting emotions, ice cream, and a particularly lonely Teen Night at the local ice skating rink, FIRST TIME is sure to get your pulse going and is definitely worth a read.

Meg Tilly is an up-and-coming author you'll be sure to want to check out.

Reviewed by: Margaret Waterman
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Format: Kindle Edition
full of crystal clear descriptions of that special period when sex becomes a part of growing up! written so it recalls our first exposure to opposite sex chemistry. made me remember that time I was I was in high school and was interested in exploring a physical experience!
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I love Meg Tilly's books. This one was very good,and very short. But the ending was horrible. I won't spoil it for anyone,but when you read it,I guess you can figure out why I didn't like the ending. Other reviewers have wrote they felt the same way about the ending,so I guess I'm not alone.
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