First Lines Friday: 18th September

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!

Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts.

Hey bitches!

Ah, the beginning of another school year.  And I’m back with all the shit that’s not fit to print…

So while you’ve all been whiling away the summer in Southampton, or on Nantucket or in the South of France, perfecting your tennis game or your pas de deux, or training for your first marathon, or basking in your latest chess championship, I’ve spent the summer keeping track of the back and forth of our dear faculty members.

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


Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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How well do you know your own daughter?

Single mother and lawyer Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call.  Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive prep school.  When Kate eventually arrives at Grace Hall an hour later, she is greeted by the news that no mother ever wants to hear.

A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself.  But she soon discovers she didn’t know Amelia quite as well as she thought.  Who are the friends she kept, what are the secrets she hid?

How much would you tell your mother?

And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia’s private world – and into the mind of a troubled young girl.

Then Kate receives an anonymous text:


Have you read this book?  Have you ever chosen to read a book based purely on an extract?  Share your experiences!

Also, if you want to try First Lines Fridays yourself, comment your book teasers below, or just pingback if you write your own post, so I can check it out!

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  1. 20th September 2015 / 4:31 am

    Oh wow, this sounds interesting! I’ve seen it around, but I never gave it any serious thought, but from the first few sentences and the blurb, this sounds brilliant.

    I think this meme is brilliant. I might have to write my own post next week. x

    • 20th September 2015 / 11:14 am

      I picked it up from a market on a whim, and have just started reading it. It is actually really exciting, and I just know they’ll wait until the very end to reveal the mystery of what happened to Amelia! The tension!

      Go for it, and pingback to me so I can read it if you do decide to do a post 🙂