First Day of My Life
by Lisa Williamson
There are three sides to every story… It’s GCSE results day. Frankie’s best friend, Jojo, is missing. A baby has been stolen. And more than one person has been lying. Frankie’s determined to find out the truth and her ex-boyfriend Ram is the only person who can help her. But they’re both in for a shock… EVERYTHING is about to change.
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review as well as allowing me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour!
First Day of My Life is a book that had me hooked right from the very first page. Not only is the premise instantly intriguing – stolen baby and missing best friend, with a search that recruits our main character’s ex-boyfriend? Hello?! – but once again Williamson writes with her naturally inviting style that draws the reader right into the story.
I have been a huge fan of Lisa Williamson for years now. I think she is such a staple name in UKYA, and I’ve loved all of her other books. First Day of My Life is no different. It’s one of those books that don’t leave you a moment to take a breath and that’s the beauty of it. You’re gripped from the beginning, and if you’re anything like me, you end up racing through the pages wondering what’s going to happen next. Williamson masters the pace in this novel so there’s never a point where you’re left unsatisfied or bored as a reader. It’s one of her biggest strengths really – she knows exactly the points in this story where to slow down and build exposition for her characters and story, and then also knows the perfect points to amp up the story with all the brilliant twists and drama she’s known best for.
What I also love about Williamson as a writer, and about this book in particular, is the way she writes both humour and heart and weaves them together so effortlessly. Although on the surface this is a funny book, there’s so many points in it that I feel so connected to each of the characters and their struggles and their personalities. They really are all at the centre of this novel and for the whole book to take place over such a short period, it really allows us to dig deep and find out who they really are. Only so much can happen in twenty-four hours, so I feel like using this device was a superb way to give each of the characters a real chance to introduce themselves to the reader and give them a chance to be fully fleshed out. By the end I was rooting for them all, even though each of them had made questionable decisions throughout the novel.
If you’re looking for a good fast-paced contemporary, then look no further. First Day of My Life is the next book for you. Bright, witty prose combined with excellent and genuinely relatable characters, this was an instant five star read for the very first pages.