First Lines Friday

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!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.


Phnom Penh city wakes early to take advantage of the cool morning breeze before the sun breaks through the haze and invades the country with sweltering heat. Already at 6 A.M. people in Phnom Penh are rushing and bumping into each other on dusty, narrow side streets. 


I’ve had this book on my to-read list since 2015, which was probably when Goodreads made a huge deal out of this being made into a movie. Either way, it does look good and fits into Asian/Pacific Heritage Month perfectly!

It is…

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Yep! I’m reading this one! Admittedly, I don’t know a whole lot about Cambodia, so I think that not only will this be a very good read, but it will be enlightening about a country that I don’t know much about. It looks very sad (an understatement, admittedly) but I’m excited to read this.


I don’t mean to be dramatic, but God save me from Morgan picking our set list. That girl is a suburban dad’s midlife crisis in a high school senior’s body.

Case in point: she’s kneeling on the floor, using the keyboard stool as a desk, and every title on her list is a mediocre classic rock song. I’m a very tolerant person, but as an American, a musician, and a self-respecting human being, it is both my duty and my privilege to blanket veto that shit. 


I love this character’s voice. It’s so snarky and matter of fact. In just two paragraphs, I already know I’m going to enjoy this character. So far, I’m not wrong, but it’s interesting how this character has gone from disliked to a bisexual icon. However, I’m getting ahead of myself. 

This week I’ve chosen…

The number one New York Times Bestseller…

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat cover

This was on my list of most anticipated books coming out this year and I’m excited to have it in my queer little hands. I don’t remember much about Leah in Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda, but I did like the way they changed her character in Love, Simon. I found her more likable and liked the actress despite her not being the right body type for the character. Already I find Leah more likable from her own point-of-view. I would say the only odd thing is that Simon comes off a bit weird, but I’m also thinking about movie Simon and not book Simon. Maybe I should re-read it. 

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