Young Luca has worried for some time about becoming an orphan. He considers himself a half-orphan because he's never met his father. His fear of eating soup in an orphanage and being separated from his cat seems irrational, but then his mother dies in her dead. Luca really is an orphan. But he continues to go to school and buy groceries with money found in the apartment, so no one catches on (at least for the length of the novella). The story had great potential, but The First True Lie takes place almost entirely in Luca's head and Luca is kind of a brat.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Hogarth.