First Lines Friday #4

Happy First Day of Fall, y’all!

It’s the start of my favorite season — perhaps you could tell — AND it’s a Friday! Everything’s coming up, Tay Tay!

I’m hoping to hunker down this weekend in my library to catch up on the 6 awards, 5 tags, 4 reviews, 3 weekly memes, and 2 books and a partridge in a pear tree that I owe y’all. Wish me luck!!!

Before I leave you for the weekend, however, I’m posting my fave weekly meme:

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What’s it about? First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? 

How it works? 

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!

  • Finally…reveal the book!


Read on to discover this Friday’s source:

Beartown by Fredrik Backman


People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

My thoughts:

I don’t know about you, but reading that synopsis leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, when I first read the description, I found myself wondering how this book generated the hype I witnessed throughout the book community. I picked it up because I’m a sucker for anything hockey-related, but after reading that opening page, I was sold.

I haven’t finished this story yet, but have only heard incredible things from those who have. With hockey season just around the corner — *praise hands* — this felt right to include as my FLF and will serve as a nice line change to my typical YA.

That’s it for today! What did you think of this week’s FLF? Have you read Beartown? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Have a wonderful weekend, y’all! And, as always: Happy reading!

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