First Lines Fridays: March 20, 2020

Posted March 20, 2020 by Jess C. in First Lines Fridays / 0 Comments

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…


Most people don’t know what it feels like to suffocate. Not right now anyway. My little sister did almost every week for most of her five short years.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

Tying the Leaves by June Toher

Blurb from Goodreads:

Jamie, a timid Virginia boy, and his three friends time travel seventy years into the future where they are horrified at a barren Earth devastated by climate change and dirty energy pollution. They return to the present and launch an international kids’ crusade to save the planet from the same toxic gases threatening the life of Jamie’s little sister.

Insisting that the U. S. lead the world in changing the future, Jamie and his close pals team up with a maverick U.S. senator on a controversial environmental bill, fight the fossil fuel industry, and counter Washington backroom politics. But things are often not how they seem, and what the youths experience shocks them all.

This magical realism, cli-fi tale tracks an improbable activist as he and his millions of global followers race against time to beat the forces starting to imperil the human race. This is also a story about the power of sibling love and the discovery of a power much greater than that.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this opening! It had me an emotional mess before I even really started in on the book. My review full review is posting on Monday so I’ll just leave it at that for now.

What do you think? Would you read it based solely on the opening??

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