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First Day of My Life Reviews

First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson

First Day of My Life

Lisa Williamson

4.71 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: David Fickling Books
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication date: 7 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781788451536

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.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
3 Jan 2021

"It is a moral story about overcoming self-interest to look after others, and a compelling drama."

It involves a distressing mystery — the theft of a baby and another disappearance — and centres on three characters: demonstrative would-be actor Frankie; her super-organised best friend, JoJo; and her handsome ex-boyfriend, Ram. Told in their three voices, it makes us care about their relationships as they make emotional journeys through school, social and family life, and truths are revealed on the way to a denouement in a chain hotel in Swindon. It is a moral story about overcoming self-interest to look after others, and a compelling drama.


4 stars out of 5
Suzi Feay
15 Feb 2021

"grips from the start"

The novel dares to pose questions about maternity, biology and parenthood at a time when the nuclear family is being reconfigured. It culminates in a wild night out in Swindon during a thunderstorm, where the trio become heavily dependent on the kindness of random strangers. If some of the background characters feel merely sketched in, the central trio is well drawn, especially Frankie: headstrong, emotional, self-centred but extremely likeable for all that.

5 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
23 Oct 2020

"Williamson is on superb form here"

It is GCSe results day. Frankie's best friend Jojo has gone missing, a local baby has been stolen, and more than one person has been lying. Frankie, aided by ex-boyfriend Ram, is determined to discover the truth, and the two set out in search of Jojo. Williamson is on superb form here, combining a gripping narrative, told from the viewpoints of all three central characters, with a heartfelt story of complex friendships, first loves and new beginnings.