First Lines Friday: 24th March

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

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You have to be quick,
none of this pretending to be browsing business
that some shoplifters go for.

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




We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

I actually didn’t really dig this book.  Why pick a book I don’t like for First Lines Friday?  Well, Sarah Crossan’s One was insanely good, and I’m sure fans of her work will still appreciate her latest novel.  For me though, the whole thing was just slightly underwhelming.  I can see it working well as a film, but in this style – the poetic. tumbling-down-the-page writing that I’ve come to know Sarah Crossan for – I just don’t think the story works.  Still, it has some excellent first lines!

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  1. 24th March 2017 / 6:01 pm

    That’s too bad you didn’t like the book. I always hate when that happens. I did like the first line though. It was intriguing.

    • 24th March 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Yes, it was a slight disappointment as I’d loved her previous book so much! I’d still recommend this one, as it’s a nice, easy read, but if you’re new to Sarah Crossan then I’d definitely say go read ‘One’ first 🙂 I also saw you’d participated in First Lines Fridays this week – thanks for joining us!

  2. 25th March 2017 / 2:45 pm

    You should do research before starting meme. There is an existing Friday meme, with a different name, just like yours.Book Beginnings. Been out for almost as many years as my Friday 56 meme.
    Be original. Geez.

    • 27th March 2017 / 6:55 pm

      When I started First Lines Fridays two years ago there was nothing like this on my radar, so I apologise if it has similarities to an existing meme 🙂 Thanks for commenting!