First Lines Friday #3

Hey, (mood) readers!

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?

  • 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!

For October 4th, my entry is this:

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“It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.”

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Can you guess where these lines came from?

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Speak

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Book Blurb

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.”

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

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See you next week for another First Lines Fridays!

yna

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5 thoughts on “First Lines Friday #3

  1. Wow. Speak sounds equally heart-wrenching and interesting. The emotional coping mechanism of refraining from speech has always fascinated me. I remember reading a similar book to this when I was younger and it stayed with me for years. I’m adding this one to my TBR! Jen

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      1. That would be great! I love doing Buddy Reads 🙂 Just let me know when you’d like to do it. If it’s easier you can message me on Twitter or Insta 🙂 Jen

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