NMRLS Youth Services Book Review Group - April 1, 2009
"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."
School Library Journal - March 1, 2009
"Realistic dialogue and situations characterize this novel. Struggling readers will appreciate the quick pacing and the low reading/high interest level."
Library Media Connection - March 1, 2009
"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.'
TeensReadToo.com - February 11, 2009
"A fast-paced, intense novel that is sure to keep you guessing and turning its pages...definitely worth a read."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee - January 1, 2009
"Tilly accomplishes her goal of getting into a teenager's head in 100 short pages, and the novel is riveting."
The Horn Book Guide - December 1, 2008
"Mature readers will sympathize with Haley's difficult situation."
CM Magazine - November 7, 2008
"First Time illustrates a dangerous situation in which Haley learns to regret ignoring her instincts...Recommended."
Times Colonist - November 1, 2008
"Tilly has written in an immediate, sometimes raw manner."
KLIATT - November 1, 2008
"Fast-paced, with short chapters and high-interest content. Haley's thought process...is heartbreaking."
VOYA - October 1, 2008
"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."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"Truly excellent tale...the voice and persona of Haley capture what is so worth cherishing in an adolescent."
Quill & Quire - October 1, 2008
"A lightning-quick read that...will likely provoke some discussion among young people about how to handle difficult situations."
Sukee's Book Bites - September 1, 2008
"Captures the emotions and feelings of sixteen year old girls perfectly...a very good addition to the young adult genre."