First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. The point is to judge a book by its opening lines rather than anything else, including the cover and the author. The rules are as follows:
- 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!.
This week, I grabbed one of the many books on my TBR pile. The first line is:
THE OCTOBER SUNSHINE glints off of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ door as my father holds it open, like he’s ushering me into a debutante ball.
How does that make you feel? Read further if you want to know the book it’s from.
The book is Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher, one of this years debuts. The first line isn’t bad, but I’ll admit it didn’t make me want to bump the book to the top of my list. What about you?
Here’s the book’s description:
LESSON ONE: Playing it safe beats taking chances.
After an injury ends Savannah’s dream of a college gymnastics scholarship, she quits
despite her parents’ protests. She won’t risk breaking her body—and heart—again.
LESSON TWO: Catch your best friend when she falls—or regret it forever.
Rules are meant to be broken, according to Savannah’s best friend, Cassie—and it’s more fun to break them together. But when Cassie attempts suicide, Savannah’s left wondering how well she really knows her.
LESSON THREE: Leaping forward, not knowing where you’ll land, is the hardest of all.
Falling for Marcos wasn’t part of the plan. Not only did he save Cassie’s life, he also believes Savannah can still achieve her dreams. Except Cassie thinks Marcos and gymnastics will only break Savannah’s heart.
As Savannah tumbles and twists through toxic friendships and crushing parental expectations, she realizes you never know who will be there when you fall.