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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: Coercion, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Nov/2008
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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Haley and Lynn are best friends. When Lynn meets Chad, a player several years older, Haley feels left out. She tries to be happy for her friend, but when her mother's new boyfriend starts making unwanted advances, Haley finds she has no one to tell. Not wanting to upset her mother's happiness and finding that Lynn is drifting away, Haley has to face her tormentor alone and face up to some very hard truths.

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


YALSA Quick Picks  | 2009 | Short-listed
Golden Eagle Award nominee  | 2009 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2010 | Commended


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