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.

The girls were never present for the entrance interviews. Only their parents, their guardians, their confused siblings, who wanted so much to help them but didn’t know how. It would have been too hard on the prospective students to sit there and listen as the people they loved most in all the world — all this world, at least — dismissed their memories as delusions, their experiences as fantasy, their lives as some intractable illness.

This is a really popular YA series that everyone seems to have read. Even Chantel has read it. But not me. I tried picking it up a while ago, but, you know, it didn’t click at the second. This time, it really worked for me.

So, what is it?

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

This week has been a really rough one for me and I needed the right mix of absurdity and seriousness to calm me down. It hit the spot. I’ve already picked out a quote to focus my review around and I’m excited. Unless it takes a turn I don’t like between reading this now and the time this posts.

My mother always started the story by saying, “Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car,” as though that explained why Wavy wasn’t normal. It seemed to me that could happen to anybody. Maybe on the way to the hospital, your parents’ respectable, middle-class car broke down. That’s not what happened to Wavy. She was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car, because Uncle Liam and Aunt Val were homeless, driving through Texas when their old beat-up van broke down. 

This week, I decided to choose a book that I really hope to read soon. Not, you know, one of the five books I’m reading right now. I will read this book within the next few months. I doubt I’ll get to it this month as I already have an idea of what I’m going to read if I can get through what I’m currently reading, but it’s a book I want to read really badly and have wanted to for a long time. I don’t think there are many hints I can give as I don’t know much about it so let’s go with the reveal.

I’ve chosen… 

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All of the Ugly and Wonderful Things cover

I only know a bit about this novel. Actually, it’s one Caidyn recommended to me awhile back and I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I own a physical copy and an e-book copy so there isn’t a good reason why I haven’t read it, other than I’m putting it off for books I want to read more urgently. However, it sounds like a book I’d like and I hope that’s true!