First Line Fridays

What’s the first line of the closest book to you? Leave me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books for more great lines from great authors!

My first line is from Matched by Ally Condie.

Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? My wings aren’t white or feathered; they’re green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move–first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn’t worry me; neither do the stars ahead.

What’s it about? 41dURop3wzL._SY346_Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Today’s featured book was suggested by my daughter, Claire. She’s 14. I asked her a few questions:

Q. What made you want to read the book? 

A. Some friends recommended it to me. Also, it kind of reminded me of The Hunger Games, because it’s a different sort of world where something happens when you turn a certain age, and your life is totally different.

Q. The blurb on the front of the book says “Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect escape.” What did you think of the love triangle?

A. It was interesting. *blushes*

Q. Did you enjoy the book?

A. It was confusing at first, but after awhile, I got really into it. I liked it. It was kind of hard, but I’m a better reader now.


firstlinefridaysI haven’t read the book myself, but my impression from the book blurb was something like the following:

Cool, I like dystopian fiction. Oh god, another love triangle? Oh jeez. Arranged marriages?

Well, at least she’s reading.

15 thoughts on “First Line Fridays

  1. Happy Friday! The book I’m featuring on my blog is “My Sister’s Intended” by Rachael Anderson. It’s been on my TBR list for quite some time now, but I finally read it and am so glad I did. Truly an enjoyable read. I will share the first line from Chapter Eleven here. “”Would you care to go for a stroll with me in the gardens, Miss Gifford?” Brand asked, not sure whether or not he wanted her to accept.”

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Interesting start! I’ve wondered about reading this series for a few years now.

    I’m reading The Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell right now, so here’s the first line: “Miss Sweeney disappeared on the first day of March, an icy Thursday morning of gloves and boots and veneers of diamondy frost on the windows of Sacred Heart High School.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

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  3. lelandandbecky

    Happy Friday! My first line is from La Risposta: The Answer (A Tuscan Legacy book 9) by Autumn Macarthur:

    Prologue: “Instead of returning to her vegetable garden, Teresa Pellegrini rushed into the farmhouse.”

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  4. And that is the great thing – she is reading! As long as it is age-appropriate, I always tell the parents of my students to let them read whatever interests them, whether it be graphic novels, comic books, whatever. It is all reading. Happy Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared on my blog this week is Her Place in Time by Stephenia H McGee but my next book is going to be The Baker’s secret by Stephen P Kiernan so I’ll share that first line here: “All through those years of war, the bread tasted of humiliation.” Hope you have happy weekend with plenty of reading! 🙂

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  6. I don’t think this is the kind of YA I enjoy, but how fabulous that it made your daughter a better reader!
    I’m sharing from a book that will be out early next month (I won an uncorrected proof on GoodReads) on my blog today, The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant, so here is the second line:

    “It wasn’t the fault of the trousers, of course, but it was tempting to blame them nonetheless.”

    Happy Reading!

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  7. Oh, cute. Great that your daughter is becoming a reader. 😀 Start ’em young.

    I shared the first few lines (and then some) of one of my old favorites Open Road Summer by Emery Lord on my blog. But let me share the first line of the book I’m currently reading, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza, on here instead.

    “Tell people one true thing before you tell them a lie. Then it will be easier for them to believe the lie.”

    Happy reading! And happy weekend to you! 😀

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  8. Sounds interesting! I’m not a big fan of love triangles, but this is an intriguing set-up. What caused the “glitch”, and was it really a glitch?

    I’m sharing the first line from More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer on my blog. I’m a big Karen Witemeyer fan, and this did not disappoint.

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  9. I have read it.! Its actually good. Dwelling into how there government tries to control them . The romance between the main Characters is written very beautifully and you actually end up forgetting Xander(though he is a nice friend to the main girl) 😅

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