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First Lines Fridays #5


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. I first saw this on Life of A Literary Nerd  and decided this would be fun to start adding to my blog. 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!

Dear Reader,

I’m not sure who’s going to read this. I’m not even sure if anyone should.

But after everything that’s happened, I needed to write it all down. Because even with the answers I’ve gotten over the past few months, I’m still feeling just as lost as I did three years ago.


That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

I like the suspense this book has even from the start. I was frustrated that I couldn’t figure out what really happened in that bathroom when the shooting went down. I do know the narrator, Leanne knows and wants to come clean, but there is obstacles in the way. It was worth the ride to find out. Readers pay attention when reading this book.

Amazon Synopsis 

It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story—that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did—and didn’t—happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . .


Have you read any of Kody Keplinger ’s books? If so share in the comments below.

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