The First Stone

The First Stone

Book - 2004 | Mass market paperback edition.
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REEF IS AN EMBITTERED YOUNG OFFENDER, hardly able to contain his anger at the world over the death of his grandmother, the only person who had shown him any love. Seventeen-year-old Leeza is mourning the death of her older sister. A stone hurled in rage shatters both their lives and throws them together in the most unexpected way--and offers them a chance at healing.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperTrophyCanada, 2004.
Edition: Mass market paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780006392866
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Aker
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 18 cm


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Aug 13, 2012

I enjoyed this book. I understood, fairly quickly, where the story was going to go but I was still intrigued and hooked.
Stories of redemption are often flat-footed, full of tropes. This one had some knottiness that made it more believable.
I would recommend this to kids I know, and to adults interested in the lives of kids. I don't see it as being the kind of story a lot of adults would put aside their other books so they could read this.
Well done, well written both in terms of structure (plot, characters, pacing, etc.) and language.

Mar 19, 2012

It made me cry, it made me laugh, but most of all it it gave me great perspective. The First Stone is an incredibly meaningful book, and it's officially my favourite novel!

Sep 19, 2010

I really enjoyed this book! I like that it had both perspectives of the two main characters, Reef and Leezza. Hard to put this book down!


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TessaAlex Jan 13, 2012

Squeezing the rock in his clenched fist made Reef Kennedy feel powerful, as if he were in charge. Except the stone also made him angry, the pain of his grandmother’s death exploding through him. It was easy, then, to look down from the overpass and choose an anonymous target… Now Leeza Hemming’s world has also exploded, her body twisted and broken from the car crash that nearly killed her. Facing months of tortuous rehabilitation to cure her broken body and spirit, Leeza finds a friend in an unlikely hospital volunteer, a young man about her age who looks like he would rather be anywhere than in a hospital. Reaching out to one another in an unconscious need for healing, neither Leeza nor Reef can guess that their fragile bond is based on an act of cruelty and hate.

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