First Lines Friday: 15th January

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words.  Judge a book by its opening lines, and not by its cover!  Also, feel free to use the banner with your own First Lines Fridays posts!

The rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (or your current read) 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!

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…




The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, “The Catcher in the Rye” explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.

This book has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember, but after reading that (very long) first line, I will make reading it a priority – I am captivated!

Have you read this book?  Have you ever chosen to read a book based purely on an extract, nothing more?  Share your experiences!

Also, if you want to try First Lines Fridays yourself, copy and paste the rules above and tag me/comment below, so I can take a look!

Happy reading!

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  1. 15th January 2016 / 9:11 am

    Ooooohhh this looks fun 🙂 I shall begin to do this too ? I love love love Catcher in the Rye. First book I’ve read for school that I actually loved

    • 15th January 2016 / 10:36 am

      Great! Let me know if/when you do it as I’d love to check it out 🙂 I’m glad you like the book, I think with your recommendation and the interesting first lines I’m definitely going to read it next!

    • 18th January 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you for your comment – your review is great, and the themes of identity in the book sound really interesting. I can’t wait to finally read it!

  2. 22nd January 2016 / 6:43 am

    I’ve decided to do First Lines Fridays 😀 my post should be going up in a few hours <3