Thanks for stopping by my little space here on the internet for First Lines Friday!
It feels like I’ve missed a bit in the online world due to an unexpected blogging/social media break the past couple weeks, but after this week, I feel I’ve got things back on track. And I’m so thankful this week has been much less hectic!!
I actually started this particular First Lines Fridays post two Fridays ago and so from here on out you’re reading what I wrote two weeks ago…I almost feel like we’ve traveled back in time, don’t you? (NO? That’s just me? Oh, well. There are worse things than having an overactive imagination.🤷♀️ )
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!
Here we go…
“He’s a perv!” I yelled. I fixed my seat belt while switching the car radio to a grime station. I knew she hated that. “Why don’t you believe me?”
Can you guess what book this is from???
Read on to find out…
Home Girl by Alex Wheatle
‘This isn’t my home. Haven’t had a proper home since…This is just somewhere I’ll be resting my bones for a week and maybe a bit. This time next year you’ll forget who I am. I haven’t got a diddly where I’ll be by then. But I’m used to it’
New from the winner of the Guardian Children’s Book Award: Home Girl is the story of Naomi, a teenage girl growing up fast in the care system. It is a wholly modern story which sheds a much needed light on what can be an unsettling life – and the consequences that can follow when children are treated like pawns on a family chessboard.
Home Girl is fast-paced and funny, tender, tragic and full of courage – just like Naomi. It is award-winning author Alex Wheatle’s most moving and personal novel to date.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Naomi wasn’t always the most likable character, but it was still a good read. Be sure to check back for my review on Home Girl later!