When it comes to first love, the Scene's 2012 Love Issue is cursed 

The First Cut Is the Deepest

The First Cut Is the Deepest

Whether it's the first one that lasts, the first one that hurts or the first one that nearly results in a tragic death by poolside drowning, nothing burns its shape into a person's being quite like a first love. For as long as neurotic, smitten boys have been holding boom boxes above their heads (Note: A "boom box" is like a giant iPod from the past. —Ed.), for as long as girls have found themselves torn between a sparkly vampire and a strapping werewolf, for as long as there have been Tristans and Isoldes, Buffys and Angels, Ennises and Jacks, there has been the utterly humbling, utterly human act of falling in love for the first time. For most of us, first love is also first love lost, and the passing of time doesn't so much heal this wound as allow scar tissue to grow over it — there's a little shard of that initial crush that can never be extracted. With that in mind, for our 2012 Love Issue, we've collected tales of first love, in all its hazards and humiliations, and present them here for your reading pleasure (and probably pain). And if you want, we'll try to love again ...


The Girl Tried To Kill Me: How my first kiss almost became my last

Counting Backwards From The One: In love, it can take a lot more than two wrongs to find a right

Trust, but Verify: Background-checking a first date beats winding up dead

I Tumbled for Ya: A strange, deeply sensitive suburban boy finds love during the '96 Olympics

First Things Second: The crush of first love is even harder when it's your daughter's heart on the line

Finally Crazy After All These Years: For a late bloomer, the time is right for a love worth losing your mind over


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