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!
HOME LOOKS SMALL FROM here, crammed in the backseat of Mamma’s latest boyfriend’s car. A clapboard house painted a tired blue, missing shingles on the roof like snagged teeth, overgrown yard full of stubborn guava trees, and herbs sprouting in haphazard patches.
FIND OUT THE BOOK BELOW!
Learning To Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
This book was such a eye opener on the emotional struggle a young girl goes through when all she wanted was a safe place. It also has triggers of preganacy, verbal abuse and rape.
Sixteen-year-old Indy struggles to conceal her pregnancy while searching for a place to belong in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Amber Smith and Sara Zarr.
Indira Ferguson has done her best to live by her Grammy’s rules—to study hard in school, be respectful, and to never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn’t always been easy, especially while living in her mother’s shadow.
When Indy is sent to live with distant relatives in Nassau, trouble follows her. Now she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt, who would rather throw Indy out onto the street than see the truth.
Completely broke with only a hand-me-down pregnancy book as a resource, Indy desperately looks for a safe space to call home. After stumbling upon a yoga retreat, she wonders if perhaps she’s found the place. But Indy is about to discover that home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof—it’s about the people she chooses to share it with.
Have you read this debut novel by Janice Lynn Mather? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.