#BookReview FIFTEEN FIRST TIMES by DG Kaye #memoir

Back to catching up on reviews.

I read this one in one sitting, over the Christmas holiday, and enjoyed it as much as all the other memoirs this author has written.

Debby (not me, the other Debby!) has a wealth of personal experiences which often offer insights and advice to others, and I know she has more to come. This one, I am sure, has something for everyone in amongst the fifteen firsts.


This book is a collection of stories about some of Kaye’s first-time experiences with life’s most natural events. Told through the intimate conversational writing we’ve come to know from this author, poignant personal steppingstones to learning moments are revealed. She encompasses the heart of each matter with sincerity and sprinkled inflections of humor.

From first kiss to first car to walking in the desert with four-inch heels, Kaye’s short coming-of-age stories take us through her awakenings and important moments of growth, often without warning. Some good and some not, life lessons are learned through trial and error, winging it, and navigating by the seat of her pants.

Fifteen First TimesFifteen First Times by D.G. Kaye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘Fifteen First Times’ fully describes this short, entertaining read in D G Kaye’s inimitable open and honest style – no subject is too difficult to approach or describe.
As with some other reviewers, there were several experiences I didn’t relate to, but found Kaye’s explanations of them engaging and sometimes eye-opening. The one that amused me most was ‘From Blonde to Wrong’. I began experimenting with dying my own hair quite early in my teens, and also chose to go red – a colour that both my cousins have by nature, and I coveted. Unlike Kaye, my first foray into hair colouring was using henna, and I was pleased with the results, so I have continued to dye my own hair, and the only time I ever got it done at a salon was the one time it turned out so dark it was almost black and I hated it – just as happened to Kaye with her first home effort!
No matter how painful the memories of some of these ‘firsts’, Kaye does not shy away from sharing the depths of feelings she experienced, and still manages to highlight the humour that characterises her welcome positive approach to life. I’m sure everyone will find some ‘firsts’ applicable to them – well worth the read.

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  1. I can’t wait to read this one by the other Debby! A great review.

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    1. It’s a fascinating collection, Darlene – enjoy!

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  2. Excellent review and your comment–“no subject is too difficult to approach or describe.”–is spot on. Same with her blog!

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for dropping in to take read Jacqui 😀

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  3. Deb, thanks so much for taking the time to read and review. You know me so well with my words, lol. Go figure you too had the scary ‘black’ hair experience, lol. Some things are hard to forget. Thank you again, and I’m so glad I saw Harmony Kent tweet this on Twitter or I may not have seen til my return. I will be thrilled to share it upon my return. Hugs xx

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    1. Lol, I’ve had to live with the ‘black’ hair event rather too long – I got my passport photo that day, and I’ve had to look at it for the past 8 years! Thank goodness I need to renew next year and can get a new one!!!
      Glad you saw Harmony’s tweet, I’ve rather given up on Twitter.
      Keep enjoying that warm break you are on 😀

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      1. Thanks Deb. And OMG, what timing to do a drastic mistake and have your passport photo taken. Double whammy! Lol, us redheads. 🙂 xx

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  4. I also enjoyed this book, Deborah, the same as I enjoy all Debby’s writing. My hair disasters have been too many to recall! So I could definitely relate to that. Lol. I still wreck my hair at least once every couple of years. 🙂 A wonderful read and entertaining review. Congrats to our friend Debby, Debby.

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  5. Jane Sturgeon · · Reply

    This is a lovely review for our lovely Debby’s latest book, Debby. It’s waiting for me to read. xX 💕

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    1. You’ll love it, I’m certain, Jane.

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  6. Thanks again to all for the lovely comments. I’ve tried to ‘like’ and comment back, but WP is acting wonky since I already replied once LOL ❤

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    1. I always thought technology was supposed to be logical, but it proves every day that isn’t true 😕

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      1. You and me both! 🙂 x

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