First Lines Friday: 7th October

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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Sometimes there are signs.  Or things I can’t help but interpret as signs.  Maybe from fate or the universe or God, if there is one.  Or maybe from the grandmother I barely knew but who I’ve always been told is in heaven.

Watching and judging.

Like Santa.

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



Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

INFO | Goodreads

BUY | The Book Depository


It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.


I picked up Roomies from the library not long ago – the attractive cover caught my eye, followed by the disappointment that the book shared a similar premise as a story idea I had with a friend recently.

Flicking though the pages, there are so many different fonts and type of interactions in this book, which I think will make it really exciting to read… when I get round to it.  I still need to finish Matilda for Book Club, The Road to Nerdvana by L-J Clements (you can read my Q&A with the author here) and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child before I pick up anything else!

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Happy reading!

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