Henry Fry's First Time for Everything is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-queer novel about Danny Scudd, an anxiety-riddled gay man in his late 20s who's trying to learn how to shed the mask he donned for straight society. From the first sentence about Danny's balls being fondled to the countless pop culture references of Grey Gardens, Dolly Parton, and RuPaul's Drag Race, this novel felt like hanging out with one of my queer besties. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who's ever felt like they didn't belong.
Henry Fry has written a remarkable debut novel. First Time for Everything presents a devastating and authentic story of gay shame. Meanwhile, in from the side swings a hilarious and heartwarming tale of self-acceptance and friendship. Oh Danny, love, come here, you're gonna be FINE. This is the modern gay novel, with the sass of a drag queen and the wisdom of a queer elder. I'm telling all my friends to read it!