Sarah's Stars

Marthe Jocelyn. First Times
Tundra $12.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-777-7 191 pg. 
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

So…now I am a shoplifter, a peeping Tom, a cross-dresser, and something the therapist I have to see twice a week calls a very disturbed young man.

This is what I get for falling in love.

Everyone knows just how important a first time for anything is to anyone, the first kiss, the first win or the first heartbreak. Everything plays an important role in our lives. Once this first thing happens, it might happen again…or never again, but the first time is the key. We have to learn from them and look forward to them as well. In a way, life is just one big first time and that is what this novel is trying to tell us.

I loved all the different characters and the varying fourteen stories. They were all written very well and were almost too easy to relate to. They were funny, sad and surprising. Like every first time can be. I was amazed at how accurate some of the stories were. The thoughts, actions and feelings of the many teenagers in this book were perfect to an unbelievable point. I enjoyed this book very much; it was touching and inspiring.

I would recommend this book for people thirteen years old and up. This novel has some of the best stories I’ve ever read in it. The reality and thought put into ones like this one is very compelling.

It was my first love. And I was no more prepared for it than one of the mice they have in pet stores. You know, they’re kept in those little cages. They get free food and water. They stay all nice and cozy. And then, one day, some kid comes along, buys one, and takes it home to feed to his snake.

That’s all I’m saying.

I give First Times five stars!  I enjoyed every page and was sorely disappointed when I had to put the book down, due to finishing it so quickly.


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