First Lines Friday #12

We made it to Friday, book nerds!

And thank goodness for that!! I don’t know about y’all, but I had a pretty tough week and I’m ready for some Triple R time (rest, reading, and relaxation). Between hubby’s crazy travel schedule, losing my voice, a needy doggo, and hours of chores throughout the week I’m exhausted. I just want to spend the weekend with my books, my fam, and maybe catch a movie or two. I say or two because I still haven’t seen The Lion King, which as a Disney diva is simply unacceptable, but realistically I know if we go to the movies it’ll be to see Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Because how could we not, you know?  I’ll keep you posted as to what actually goes down…


Now let’s get to the meat of this post: That’s right it’s time for another round of:flf realWhat’s it about? First Lines Fridays is a weekly 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!

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READ ON TO DISCOVER THIS FRIDAY’S SOURCE:

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky


SYNOPSIS:

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It’s as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out.

At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground


MY THOUGHTS:

I was fortunate enough to win an arc copy of this highly anticipated novel through Goodreads. As a fan of Perks of Being A Wallflower, I was stoked to dive into Chbosky’s first novel in more than two decades!! What I didn’t know (which I know should be obvious from the cover, the synopsis, everything about the dang book) was how creepy the story inside it’s pages would become. Luckily, my good friend Destiny stepped up to the plate to buddy read this epic tome (seriously it’s a thicc boi 🤣) with me in case I got too scared. And we were doing really good. I inhaled 100+ pages before I even knew what I was doing. But then hubby kept getting called out of town, and I would just stare at this book when I was alone and think about all the references within it’s pages about someone breathing on the back of your neck, etc and it was a big ol’ nope! Not until I was back to safety in numbers would I pick up this book again. Then it got delayed further for readathons, blog tours, etc…and well, that pretty much explains why I’m failing at this buddy read lol. Hope you can forgive me, D!


So there you have it: my first First Lines Friday in about 9 months!! Have you missed this meme? Do you like them? Should I continue to find you killer opening lines or devote my time to a new weekly meme? Let me know below!! 


And, as always: Happy Reading!

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