My First Love [NOOK Book]

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Amy Wyse has everything—except love. She doesn’t want a boyfriend to get in the way of her dreams of college and a swimming scholarship, goals toward which she’s worked hard. But then she’s swept off her feet by Chris Shepherd, an irresistible senior from the swim team. Suddenly Amy has romance and a promising future. Or does she? As she spends more and more time with Chris, her grades plummet and her swimming deteriorates. Amy thought she could have it all—but will she be left ...
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My First Love

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Overview

Amy Wyse has everything—except love. She doesn’t want a boyfriend to get in the way of her dreams of college and a swimming scholarship, goals toward which she’s worked hard. But then she’s swept off her feet by Chris Shepherd, an irresistible senior from the swim team. Suddenly Amy has romance and a promising future. Or does she? As she spends more and more time with Chris, her grades plummet and her swimming deteriorates. Amy thought she could have it all—but will she be left with nothing instead?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307832108
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/29/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,079,462
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Callie West writes for young adults. She lives in Philadelphia.
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The night Rick Finnegan kissed me changed my life--but not in the way I'd expected.  

He had given me a ride home from my best friend Blythe Carlson's house, where we'd all been drilling one another on vocabulary for the PSATs. There we were, sitting in his dad's Buick outside the Palms bungalow apartments, where my mom and I live, when out of nowhere Rick slipped his arm around me.  

I don't know what got into him, but one minute he'd been defining the word alacrity, and the next thing I knew he was demonstrating it. He moved across the seat so fast that I didn't have time to react. Suddenly, his mouth was on mine. Instinctively, I closed my eyes--and he kissed me.  

"Amy, I . . . I think I'm starting to like you," Rick whispered.  

My eyes flew open in surprise. But instead of seeing Rick, I saw Chris Shepherd, who's on my swim team, the Dolphins, and in my physics class, too. He's also the guy I've been daydreaming about for weeks. "I'm the one you really want," Chris in-my-mind said. I gasped and jumped away from Rick, leaving him to kiss air where my face had been.  

"Rick!" I shrieked, staring at him.  

"Amy?" Rick said, looking sheepish. "Are you mad? What's wrong?"  

"N-n-nothing," I stuttered, trying to collect my thoughts. I couldn't believe that Rick Finnegan--my buddy since kindergarten--had just kissed me!  

I put my hand on his shoulder. "Look, Rick," I said gently, "I'm very flattered. You're a great guy. But we're friends--and I'd like to keep it at that. I've got so much going on right now, I don't have time for romance."  

But Rick didn't look convinced. "Amy," he said, twisting a lock of my straight brown hair around his finger, "you know what they say about all work and no play. . . ."  

"Maybe," I said, stepping out of the car, "but all play and no work gets you a career dipping cones at the Dairy Queen."  

Actually, I didn't say that. I didn't even think up this perfect comeback until the next day. What came out instead were my mother's words, words often meant for me.  

"Your passion is misguided," I informed him, closing the car door behind me.  

"My what?" I saw Rick's lips form the question behind the window glass right before I waved and turned away.   I couldn't believe I had said that. Mom uses passion in a way that doesn't have anything to do with kissing. It has to do with enthusiasm and ambition.  

According to my mom, passion, like money, runs out. So you have to be careful not to spend it carelessly. My father, for example, turned out to be a bad investment. He wasn't around long enough to see me turn two. I don't really remember him, but Mom said that once she'd loved him so much her heart hurt. After he took off, she poured what was left of her passion into me.  

"Don't throw away your talents the way I did," my mom was always warning me. Believe me, I wasn't planning to, not when my whole future, starting with a swimming scholarship to college, was at stake.   I felt kind of bad saying what I did to Rick, but I guess the kiss really caught me off guard. I turned again to go back and apologize, but he was already driving away.  

I stood for a minute outside our apartment, looking up at the stars and thinking about the fact that one of my oldest and best friends just kissed me. When did Rick's feelings for me change, and why hadn't I realized it? I had felt nothing when Rick's lips were on mine. But for some unknown reason just the thought of Chris Shepherd's lips sent my heart racing. It was true what I'd said to Rick. I never had had time for guys. Until now.  

Chris and I had known each other for a couple of years from the swim team, but he had never treated me any differently from the way he had treated any other girl on the Dolphins. He was always friendly, and he kidded around, but that was it.  

I had always liked Chris, but over the last few months I had been noticing different things about him--admiring his long, lean body, his thick, glossy brown hair, his quick sense of humor . . .  

I shook my head to get rid of the thoughts. I had feelings for Chris I'd never had before for a guy, but I was still too shy to do anything about it. He had been a fantasy tonight, and he'd probably always be a fantasy, I thought dejectedly as I headed inside our apartment.  

"You're just in time for the latest episode of The Young and the Restless," Mom said as I walked into our combination living/dining room. Mom worked two jobs. She worked from nine to three at the Arizona Bank, and evenings at El Rancho supermarket. Everyday she taped her favorite soaps, and when she got home from the El Rancho, she'd curl up on the couch and watch them.  

"Thanks, but I've been studying vocabulary for hours," I told her. "I'm afraid I'll erase what I've learned if I zone out on TV."  

"Good for you," Mom said. "You go ahead and get a good night's sleep."  

"I think I will." I hesitated for a moment. "Mom? Something pretty weird just happened," I said.  

"What?"  

"Well . . . Rick drove me home from Blythe's. And . . . he . . . well, he, um . . . told me he liked me," I explained, blushing. I didn't think I needed to tell her about the kiss. It was kind of embarrassing.  

Mom sat up straight. "What did you say?"  

"I told him I didn't like him that way. That we were just friends." I watched as Mom breathed an almost undetectable sigh of relief.  

"Good answer, honey. With your schedule, a boyfriend is the last thing you need," she said.  

"Yeah. I guess," I said, shrugging.  

I kissed her on the cheek and went to my room. There's no way I could have sat through the soap. I was having a hard enough time already putting Chris out of my mind and concentrating on my work. The last thing I needed was to fill my aching brain with stories about star-crossed lovers and abandoned dreams.      
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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Cheesey read

    This is a super cheesy, super classy book of love. I LOVED it! What had me was the cheesiness of love that was going on it It was all thinking about each other, putting everything off for each other. I love first love books so if anything the cheesiness made it better.

    You first love you will always remember. Amy meets a boy on her swim team and falls in love quickly. Leaving everything and anything behind. She soon realizes that homework won't finish itself and has to put her foot down when it comes to Chris. She always has to decide where there future stands.

    What I like most about this book was the choice Amy had to make. Her mother, after a bad relationship always told her to be practical. Don't think about boys think about your future. Amy has to fight with her mom constantly over this issue. I felt for Amy. I knew she loved him but her mother always made her choose. It aggravated me. She made is difficult on her. Amy listen to heart and made the right choice.

    The book was really short. But the way the story flowed and ended I love it.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

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    Fall in love with Amy and Chris

    Amy Wyse lives with her busy mom and her busy schedule. It is her junior year of school and she is studying for the SATs, getting involved in tons of extra-curricular activities, and working hard to keep her grades as high as possible. There is no room for boyfriends in her life. But all that changes when in a moment when her long time friend unexpectedly kisses her. To add to this unknown territory, Amy realizes she is not attracted to her friend, but rather to Chris Shepherd from swim team. As luck would have it, he is interested in her too, and a relationship soon blossoms. However, spending time with Chris means Amy is spending less time on her school work, and her grades start to slip. Amy needs to quickly figure out how to balance these new feelings with her already full life if she wants to continue to succeed!

    This novel is short in length, and I read it in one sitting. The first thing I did when I finished was close my eyes and revel in the romance. SO ROMANTIC! It only took a few pages for me to fully dive into the plot. Chris is completely dreamy. The perfect balance of bad boy and total gentleman. Amy is very easy to identify with. Callie West writes a raw teen voice complete with confusion and hope. The details in her mom being both a comfort to her and a burden on her existence will ring true for many readers. It may even help teens cope with the stress of wanting it all in high school - the great boyfriend, the sports super-star, and the college career. Though readers may be disappointed with the sudden ending, this is a tender-hearted book sure to speak to every girl out there who's ever been in love before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    A REALLY good book!!

    This was a real good book!! Probably one of the best books that I have ever read!!! It has romance, happiness, and probably one of the most amazing guys there are out in this world!! This book seems so real, and so true!! This book will show you what a real boyfirend is like! And how it feels to be in love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    WOW!

    I LOVE this book! It is one of my favorites in the series. It portrays life like it is, and is very realistic. It kept me guessing the entire time I was reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Best Book Ever!!!

    This was the best book that I had ever read! It kept my interest thoughout the whole novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2000

    Awesome Book

    I absolutely love this book. its so weird becuz i had a bf and now we broke up and he is all i ever think about. it's like my life .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    A REALISTIC TWIST OF LIFE

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. NOT ONLY DID THIS BOOK SEEM LIKE REAL LIFE BUT I COULD'NT PUT IT DOWN. I WOULD RECCOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERY TEEN OUT THERE WHO'S TRIED TO BALANCE SCHOOL AND A RELATIONSHIP. IT ALSO HAS A REAL LIFE MOTTO IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE YOU SHOULD NEVER LET IT GO. NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT HURTS TO HOLD ON

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2000

    Good for Teens on Love and Responsibilities

    It was a great book about responsibility and first loves and how to balance them out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    A Favorite Book

    This is a good and realistic book about a girl struggling to make sure she gets into a good college, and to deal with a first love too. It's a great book and realistic for many people worry about college and love daily.

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