Tilly, Meg. First time.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

TILLY, Meg. First time. Orca, Soundings. 108p. c2008. 978-1-55143-944-0. $9.95. S

Haley can't quite put her finger on it, but for some reason her mother's new boyfriend Larry makes her uncomfortable. She keeps her feelings to herself, not wanting to upset her morn. Her best friend Lynn seems to be maturing faster than Haley, and Haley worries she's being left behind. She tries to muster up some interest in Lynn's new boyfriend, but she think he's a loser and that Lynn is moving too fast with him. But all of these worries seem like nothing when Larry forces himself on Haley. In a graphic scene of sexual assault, Larry molests Haley and is only stopped by her mother's unexpected arrival home. Before Larry leaves Haley's room, he makes it clear that he will kill her if she tells her mother, and convinces her that her mother wouldn't believe her anyway. After all, Larry says, Haley came on to him. As time...

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