Danny Scudd is a gay man. He had known this for a while and hasn’t hidden it. When everything turns upside down, Danny realizes how lost he is. After finding out his relationship wasn’t the relationship he thought it was and his friends asking him to move out, Danny moves in with his friend Jacob and slowly starts to discover himself.
I was thrilled to start this. I love seeing character driven stories as they drive to discover themselves. Watching Danny discover himself really left me excited and I was eagerly paying attention to see what would happen. While I loved seeing his developments there were moments that left me scratching my head.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, this is a character driven story. First Time for Everything really focused on Danny and his story. With it being so focused on him, there are times where it does feel like the story might lag and stagnant a bit in places as he’s trying to figure out where he is going or what he is doing. Please remember that while reading.
Now, as Danny is discovering himself, I’m not going to lie, he becomes pretty insufferable. He makes poor decisions all with the idea that he is finding himself, so it’s okay. That does make parts of this hard to read because I just wanted to shake him into actually thinking through things.
While Danny does have his hard parts, he also has people by his side who are true to him. These people call him out on his bullshit and really make him reflect on what he’s done and who he truly is as a person which I thought was lovely.
What I really loved here is that there are positive interactions between Danny and his therapist. Those moments were wonderful to see and I’d love to see more of those in books.
As Danny explores himself and gets help, he learns a lot about undoing the trauma responses he had that was keeping him from being his true authentic self. This is something that I feel like a lot of people will be able to relate to and allow them to really feel connected to this story.
One thing that really put me off from this book was some of the constant homophobic slurs. There was so many and it made it hard for me to focus at times.
First Time for Everything is a good debut. It has a storyline that I think a lot of people will be able to relate to. There is some humor (though overall the story has a darker vibe to it). I recommend cautious entry into this one. Really check in with yourself and make sure you are in the right place to read this one.