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25 YA authors writing about “Firsts”... first kisses, first loves, first zombie slayings, first realizations ...
Kindle Edition, 333 pages
Published October 29th 2011
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I loved this book. The title doesn't like-this book is all about firsts. The authors' emotions via the characters come through beautifully. The reader will get to know and like the characters in a very short story-that takes skill, usually it would take the reader roughly 6-7 chapters before taking a true liking to a character.

The characters as a whole were likable. The love interests varied from author to author, the reader will not be disappointed. The differents quirks and traits of the char...more
Mary C. Moore
I picked up this book because I thought it was a fantasy collection, the girl on the cover looks like a princess. However, it turns out it is not. Don't get me wrong, there are a couple stories that would be considered fantasy or science fiction, one dystopian future short in particular caught me, "The Sweet Truth" by Stacey Jay. The world was fascinating, but the story was too short. "Looking Through One Eye" by Jon Skovron was also an interesting story, very well told, but again too short. "Pe...more
Darby Karchut
The First Time, edited by Jessica Verday with Rhonda Stapleton is a collection of amazing shorts stories by twenty-six amazing authors.

I was so surprised how much I loved these stories about various “first” times from first loves to first arrests to first murders.

My two favorites were Premeditated Cat by C. Lee McKenzie and Looking Through One Eye by Jon Skovron.

Without giving it away, let me say that the title is a brilliant piece of advertising. Fans who have read McKenzie’s YA novels, Sliding...more
I found this anthology completely by accident when I browsing the digital shelves of Barnes & Noble. And I'm glad I did! This anthology is filled with delightful stories about all sorts of first times. Each author does an amazing job in such a few short pages, and you can't beat the price at $2.99!

There is such a great mix within the anthology as well! There are the contemporaries, the fantastical, and the supernatural. Pretty much something for everyone. Some authors write in worlds which m...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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What do a zombie apocalypse, a cart princess and a goldfish have in common? They are three of the twenty-five themes represented in this intensely compelling anthology that delves into the experiences of The First Time.

There’s something here to satisfy almost anyone’s preference when these twenty-five super talented young adult writers collaborated on this seductive literary work. I say seductive because once you start reading you won...more
Dec 30, 2011 Jordyn added it
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As with most anthologies, this one was hit and miss. Some stories I really loved, some I skipped, and others were just so-so. Pretty sure any YA fan could find a story or two to enjoy here though. :)
Oh man, I gotta write this all fast so I won’t lose it.

That’s what this book is like. Each story is a temporal joy, a penultimate example of escapism. That’s what makes short stories great, really, and adding the fast-paced, attention sucking power of YA flick-lit to the mix only helps. There were more times than I can count over the last week where I found myself having to allot time to this anthology (and routinely running over said allotted time), or else I’d just plow through the whole thing...more
I really enjoyed reading the 25 short stories in this book. Some of the stories were really good (5 stars) and I would love if the other made a book off their short story. Others I became bored with and it made me glad it was a quick short story. Overall, they were good and left me happy.
A few of the stories were amazing, some were decent and a couple I couldn't get through. All and all this is a good book to pick up for moments when you want to read a short story (or two) in full just before bed.
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
Kind of like any anthology -- some really awesome stories and some not-so-awesome stories.
Imogen Howson
This looks great. I want it partly for the gorgeous cover!
Some stories were great, and others not so much.
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Jessica Verday is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hollow Trilogy, published by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. She wrote the first draft of THE HOLLOW by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of THE HAUNTED took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. THE HIDDEN took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. Find out m...more
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