Review: Firsts by Rosalie Stanton

March 27, 2014 Review 0

Review: Firsts by Rosalie Stanton

The past year has been hell on Savannah. Not only did her boyfriend dump her on the side of the road—literally—but her best friend, Wes, decided to graduate early. The person he becomes in college is even more confusing, and no matter what she tells herself, she can’t get over the thought of another girl having a piece of him that she’ll never have.

Wes has been in love with Savannah since childhood. Trouble is, she’s never seen him as anything more than a friend, and he’s never been brave enough to push those boundaries. He views college as an opportunity to finally move on. However, their continued close relationship makes moving on difficult, especially since Savannah has no idea she broke his heart.

With her own graduation day approaching, Savannah decides she doesn’t want to be a virgin when she gets to college. Turning to Wes to solve this problem seems sensible. After all, she trusts him more than anyone. Only she isn’t prepared for what her request unleashes—either from him, or in herself.

Title: Firsts
Author: Rosalie Stanton
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Sex, Sin, and Scandal, Sins of Yesterday, Hellion, Deliverance from Sin
Published by Wright and Pryce
Source: Author
Published: March 4 2014
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 431
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

Wes has been in love with his best friend Savannah for as long as he can remember.  They have known each other since they were children and have remained close as they grew up. The only problem is that Savannah doesn’t see Wes in that way.  She has never looked at him as a potential boyfriend, she just sees her best friend who also happens to be a guy.  In order to get over Savannah, Wes decides to graduate high school early and go to college. While he is there Savannah notices that he is changing and she doesn’t like who Wes becomes but she misses her best friend.  Then she comes up with a plan that requires Wes’ participation and she is sure that it will help them get back to where they used to be. Unfortunately Wes doens’t see it that way.

I can’t make up my mind if I loved this book, liked it, or it got on my nerves.  Honestly I don’t know and here’s why. (This is a bit spoiler-ish so please be aware.)  I am a picky reader.  When I read a book I don’t ever want to see my main characters involved in any way with any character than each other.  That includes dates, kissing and most especially sex.  I know it’s fiction and few people will see this my way but when I am reading a love story I don’t want to picture the hero or heroine in bed with another person.  Especially when the H/h has been having pages worth of internal monologue about how much they love the other MC and wants to be with them.  If you want them so bad, grow a pair and tell them! How hard is that? And then if they turn you down flat then you go about the business of moving on (but please not with the first skank that crosses your path…eew!)

This is basically what happens to Wes and Savannah.  He has been pining for her forever and she has no idea cause he never tells her.  Then he goes to college, decides to get over her and becomes a jerk with a skanky girlfriend.  And still Savannah approaches him when she wants to have sex cause she trusts him. Yeah, ok (nope, no sarcasm there). She has barely spoken to him in months and now she thinks sleeping with him is a good plan? I know they are young (19/20) but it just seemed a bit ridiculous.  So that is what got on my nerves.

I did really enjoy Wes before his brain imploded in college and he started thinking with his other head. He was so sweet and loving toward Savannah.  He was always there when she needed him and sure, she did take advantage of him a bit but he never minded being her go to guy for things. Plus she usually didn’t realize she was taking advantage of him. And when she did, she made an effort to not do it any longer and be a better friend.  I just wish he had spoken up about his feelings instead of letting them percolate for years.  And it wasn’t until Savannah’s bright idea and subsequent feelings that even got him to finally fess up to her how he felt. Savannah felt, to me, like a typical, wallfower-esque high school girl that liked the popular boy but never thought she could get him.  When he does throw some attention her way she starts to change things about herself to make him like her but when she won’t have sex with him, he dumps her. Then she goes back to her BFF (Wes) and licks her wounds.  See Savannah never saw Wes cause she had a crush on someone else.  But maybe if he had said something, she would have opened her eyes to the great thing sitting beside her and never wasted her time!? (deep breath….okay)

There are some great side characters that we don’t get a lot of info on but were still important to the story.  Sav has a female bff and she becomes good friends with Wes’ college roommate. There is a ton of internal monologue from both MC’s so get to know where both their heads are at often. Wes hems and haws over Savannah most of the time while her internal monologue is more about how she could be so dumb when it came to men (her high school crush that was a jerk), wanting to lose her virginity before college (why I still don’t know even after she thought about it forever) and her confusion about what happens to Wes when he went to college.

Now I know it seems like I hated the story but I really didn’t.  I enjoyed it for the most part, I just have that pet peeve about my MC’s and I didn’t realize this book would stomp all over it.  This is a great book and probably very close to what would happen in real life.  Most men wouldn’t wait around for years for a girl, they would try to move on. Date, kiss, have sex with other women in an effort to forget about the love of their life. I know this in my head, but I just wish that Wes had manned up and said something to Savannah before he decided to move on.  It makes my heart hurt when I think of what all Savannah went through at the end of the story, having to deal with Wes’ ex, her changing feelings for him, his new attitude that she didn’t understand, and so on.

This book takes place over the course of about a year and a half (give or take) and both characters grow and mature quite a bit during that time. We also get a very nice epilogue that was very enjoyable.  Overall I did like this book and the main characters.  They do talk quite a bit at the end and smooth everything over so I understood the reasoning behind everything (I just don’t happen to like it, I know, beating a dead horse).  I enjoyed the writing, how real the character’s felt and getting to see the story from both perspectives.  I  will definitely be looking for more books by Stanton.  If I am still running the book through my head days after I read it, thinking about the characters, wondering about what all happened with them after the book ended, I know it was good.

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