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.

TW: suicide

My mother is a bird. This isn’t some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap. My mother. Is literally. A bird.

I know it’s true the way I know the stain on the bedroom floor is as permanent as the sky, the way I know my father will never forgive himself. Nobody believes me, but it is a fact. I am absolutely certain.

This is a book I’m currently reading, one that people really love. (Literally, it has a 4.2/5 on GR. That’s pretty high.) And it’s a gorgeous book. Seriously. It’s YA and I like it. Someone call anyone who can help or explain.

The book is…

The Astonishing Color of After

I’m not loving this book, but I am really enjoying it. There are elements that I don’t like but, to me, they’re very minor things that I just don’t think work for the story. But, they’re not bad elements. If you want a book that portrays the effect of suicide, the stigma of mental illness, grief, and the desperate need to discover more about your family history, I highly recommend it.

A man in a blue coat crossed the common, and Deborah craned her neck to glance through the window. No, not the recruiter; no need to worry. She turned back to her weaving; the broad room on the ground floor of the Sproat Tavern was empty and silent. Another row of fabric emerged as she worked her shuttle through the wool. 

I know that was pretty short but honestly, I’m just glad to briefly talk about this book. I first heard about it on Jackson Byrd’s Youtube channel. Go check him and his Ted Talk out, he’s a transman and his videos have a lot to do with him being trans. Which I like. This book came from a recommendations video in which he talked about books about trans people. 

Now, this is also a historical novel set during the Revolutionary War, but I love the idea of queer stories from history being told. It’s one of my favorite things. 

This book is…

Revolutionary by Alex Myers

revolutionary cover

You guys, this book sounds fucking awesome. Alex Myers, the author, is not only trans himself, but he is a descendant of Deborah Samson who is the protagonist of the book. Imagine writing a novel about someone who was part of your bloodline who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. That sounds pretty fucking cool if you ask me. I’m excited to read it as I’ve had it on my shelf for awhile and sounds right up my alley. 

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