First Day of My Life

by Lisa Williamson

Children's & YA Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of First Day of My Life

Poignant page-turner about true friendship, surviving secrets, and new beginnings

Voiced by three unforgettable characters – Frankie, Jojo, and Ram, Frankie’s ex boyfriend - whose lives are inextricably bound by unexpected, life-changing circumstances, this impactful novel sparkles with heart, hope and a riveting storyline.


Jojo and Frankie have been best friends since forever. Both promising actresses, their lives are on the brink of new horizons, so when Jojo doesn’t turn up to collect her GCSE results, Frankie is frantic with worry. Then, when she eventually hears from Jojo, and also hears a baby crying in the background, Frankie puts two and two together to get six. Could Jojo be responsible for the stolen baby that’s being reported on the local news? Fearing the worst, Frankie does what she must for her dear friend. She tracks her down and discovers an unimaginable truth that truly tests their relationship.


Radiant with uplifting portrayals of friendship, and demonstrating that it’s possible to find a way through even the most seemingly impossible situations, this poignant page-turner packs a whole lot of punch in the author’s inimitably empathetic style. Of particular note is the way the novel shows that adults don’t always have the right answer, that life can be confusing no matter what your age, which demonstrates Williamson’s singular respect for her YA readers - she never talks down, and always writes in a spirit of openness.

Joanne Owen

First Day of My Life Synopsis

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.

A love letter to best-friendship, first loves and unexpected surprises. A powerful reminder that every day has the potential to be the first day of the rest of your life. 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781788451550
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Children's & YA Fiction

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Lisa Williamson Press Reviews

'Spot on about friendship and beautifully uplifting' Patrice Lawrence

‘Lisa’s writing is as warm as it is wonderful. Her characters are SO real, and she’s able to examine the nuances and complexities of human behaviour with a stunning mixture of honesty and kindness.’ Holly Bourne

Praise for The Art of Being Normal;

'A sensational, heart-warming and life-affirming debut. Lisa Williamson writes witty, charming characters you can't help but root for' - James Dawson

'The Art of Being Normal is the best YA novel I've read this year. David and Leo are unforgettable characters whose story will break your heart - and then mend it again. A truly remarkable debut; I can't recommend it highly enough. Everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - should read this incredible book' - Cat Clarke

This book is anything but normal - it is extraordinary. My book of 2015. - Non Pratt

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About Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2016 with her debut novel, The Art of Being Normal which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Fiction 2016, and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and Branford Boase Award and was the bestselling YA hardback debut of 2015. Lisa was born and grew up in Nottingham. She studied drama at Middlesex University and since graduating has worked as an actor on stage and TV. Between acting jobs Lisa temped in offices across London, typing stories when no one was looking, one ...

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