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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. And Other Bxgdasarian by Adam Bagdasarian. Growing up male – funny, touching, and bagdasaarian unexpected as life itself! This collection of finely crafted stories from the acclaimed author of “Forgotten Fire” zeros in on the moments of comic confusion and tender transformation that make up one boy’s wild ride through childhood and adolescence.

Whether it’s struggling carrrots a godforsaken mountain with other miserable campers, t Growing up male bagdawarian funny, touching, and as unexpected as life itself! Whether it’s struggling up a godforsaken mountain with other miserable campers, tossing aside all adaj to scramble to the top of the school social heap, searching for the true path to romantic love, or trying to meet the expectations of a father whose high standards seem impossible to live up to – these funny and affecting tales of triumph, humiliation, love, loss, competitive kissing, and laxatives will touch readers and have them laughing out loud as Will, a boy with an overactive imagination, grapples with “what it takes to be a man” and “what kind of man will I become?

Hardcoverpages. Published September 11th by Farrar Straus Giroux. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about First French Kissplease sign up. How many “short stories” does the book have? See 1 question about First French Kiss….


Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 28, Stephanie batdasarian it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, now this is the book I’ve been looking for. This is a short story collection of a fictional character’s adolescence that’s a great balance of funny and poignant.

I can’t wait to share this book with my students. Why have I never read anything by Adam Bagdasarian before? Has he written anything else? View adan 10 comments. Apr 02, Dannielle rated it liked it. Humor First French Kiss and Other Traumas is a delightfully entertaining book about one boys life and his adventures through childhood and adolescence.

The story is written in the voice of a boy named Will, as he recounts his childhood “traumas” that seem to him to be both major and minor incidents. The book has both a humorous tone as well as a more serious tone at times, as he explains his first make-out session, and talks about how Dannielle Nebinski First French Kiss and Other Traumas Genre: The book has both a humorous tone as well as a more serious tone at times, as he explains his first make-out czrrots, and talks about how at the age of 10 he became one of the “popular boys,” but also as he explores life and mortality and begins to ponder what it is that will make him a man.


Adam Bagdasarian has written a delightful, engaging book for young adults. It is made even better by the fact that it is told at ponts, from the perspective of Will as an older man looking back and reflecting on these incidents.

This brings in some adult wisdom that tends not to be thought about by a normal teenager. This is an excellent read for any young adult looking for a little humor. Jun 26, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: Follow Will into adolescence and then adulthood while living in Fresno on his father’s vineyard.

This book is told in short stories. Some are sad, some made me bagcasarian out loud, but all are honest and well done. A quick, but worthy read.

Aug 12, Dardenitaaa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Damn, this book rendered me awestruck. But oh, this book just stole my attention and resisted to be put Damn, this book rendered me awestruck. But oh, this book just stole my bagdasarlan and resisted to be put off for later. And okay, I saw it: Years and years of days. Days like balls of gum.

Days of trees and sky and faces and food. The same trees, the same sky, the same faces, the same food. And the sameness enraged me because there was no escape from it, no alternative to it, nothing to do but sleep and submit.

The book is a faux autobiography of the odd, melancholic childhood recollections of Will. I adored his line of thoughts, his profound way of looking at things, with a frighteningly striking semblance to that of my own. He imagines fictional people and their fictional lives and have fictional conversations with them. Say for instance, here are his ramblings on the injustices of middle school popularity: I gazed at Sean and the rest of the popular boys in bewildered admiration.

It seemed like only yesterday that we had all played kickball, dodgeball, and basketball together; and then one morning I awoke to find that this happy democracy had devolved into a monarchy of kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, lords and ladies.


It did not take a genius to know that, upon the continent of this playground, the two Allans and I were stable boys. I had been resigned to my rank for many months, but now, looking at the two Allans still arguing over the same three leaf cloverthen at the popular boys, I suddenly knew that I could not stand another day at the bottom—I wanted to be part of the noise and the laughter; I wanted, I needed to be popular.

Being ten years old, I did not bagdasariwn this ambition; bit I did wonder how adwm earth I was going to realize it. Though I only stood twenty yards away from the heart of the kingdom, I felt a thousand miles removed from the rank and prestige of its citizens. How could I bridge such a gap, knowing I might be stared at, or laughed at or belittled to a speck so small that I could no longer be seen by the naked eye?

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And oh, he knows it well. And so hilarious at so many levels. What I did do was watch her run into the house. I smiled because I had stood my ground because I had had the strength and character to look a girl in the eye and break up with her. So proud was I of my achievement, so sure was I of my irresistible attraction to women that ten minutes later I went back to the party found Ellen Weitzman, and asked her to go steady.

And you know what hit home? Sure, at one point in his short-lived popularity, he became the heartthrob hotshot and byy that. Sometimes something will happen in town or at the office, and instead of yelling about that, I yell about the carrots or the plates or something else.

And all at once you see everything—you see what it all means. The wave can break you like a match stick, and there are waves after this wave, higher and stronger, to break you apart and banish you to a vast unknown. And it shuts off and you are alright again. As fast as it started, it stops. And your eyes are dry and you are smiling. You think everything is alright again.

And that, my friends, is the definition of a great fiction hero—I hated him, loved him, saw myself in him, desired adan get to know him and wanted to be like him, too.

Aug 03, Patti Sabik rated it liked it Shelves: A quick short story collection about growing up male in California. While parts were somewhat humorous mostly crude bodily function humormost of the stories were poignant insights to what most of us face and somehow endure in adolescence. Dec bagdasaarian, Jennifer Wrage rated it liked it. This is our mentor text for readers’ workshop. It gave very personal recounts of growing up.

It is a little hard to follow as it doesn’t follow chronological order. Some parts are not appropriate for 6th grade students. Make sure you preview your selections!

Aug 14, Meredith rated it liked it. A collection of short stories of the “traumatic” events of the teen years, this was a great book for personal narrative instruction.

Dec 19, Mark Banaszak rated it liked it. Used a couple of the stories as anchor texts in Lucy Calkins Units of Study and read the others. Kids loved these stories as read-alouds, although the title they find awkward. Jul 09, Jayleen Zayas rated it liked it. Mar 05, Iserbarnes rated it really liked it. The book I read was called first french kiss. It’s an autobiography the authors life growing up. The book was by Adam Bagdasrian.

Hagdasarian his out look on his life into adulthood. About his time in life were he started to see clear. Okay the book first start off with the the title first french kiss.