First French Kiss

First French Kiss

and other traumas

By Adam Bagdasarian

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374323387, 144pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2002


Growing up male - funny, touching, and as unexpected as life itself!

This collection of finely crafted stories from the acclaimed author of Forgotten Fire zeros in on the moments of comic confusion and tender transformation that make up one boy's wild ride through childhood and adolescence. Whether it's struggling up a godforsaken mountain with other miserable campers, tossing aside all scruples to scramble to the top of the school social heap, searching for the true path to romantic love, or trying to meet the expectations of a father whose high standards seem impossible to live up to - these funny and affecting tales of triumph, humiliation, love, loss, competitive kissing, and laxatives will touch readers and have them laughing out loud as Will, a boy with an overactive imagination, grapples with "what it takes to be a man" and "what kind of man will I become?"

First Serial Seventeen Magazine

About the Author

Adam Bagdasarian's first novel, Forgotten Fire, was a National Book Award Finalist and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in New York City.

Praise For First French Kiss

"An autobiographical short-story collection from Bagdasarian chronicles his childhood and adolescence. Astute and impressionistic, this collection is arranged not chronologically, but in units of remembrance . . . The overall tone is one of wise humor." --Kirkus Reviews
"The mix of comic situations with intelligent reflection gives each reminiscence a larger relevance." --The Horn Book
"Bagdasarian poignantly re-creates universal 'traumas,' both minor and major. . . Evocative in its entwinement of childlike candor with adult wisdom." --Publishers Weekly