First Lines Friday: 25th May

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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But first, Roo was born.  Roosevelt Walsh-Adams.

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




This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel

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This is the story of a family – Rosie, Penn and their five boys.  The days are full of drama, laughter, tears, friendship, rivalry and making order out of chaos.

Then the youngest boy tells his parents what he wants to be when he grows up.  A chef.  A vet.  A dinosaur.  A farmer.  A scientist.

A girl.

When little Claude puts on a skirt and calls herself Poppy, her family love her as much as ever.

But it’s not going to be that simple for everyone…

My colleague recommended this as a “good, fluffy read”, and that was enough to sell it for me.  After reading some of Freakboy recently, and being educated by friends on the issues many transgender people face, I am keen to read more about the topic, and a “good, fluffy read” seemed like a good place to start.  I’m a couple of chapters in so far, and I am really enjoying the writing style and the dynamics of the big, sprawling family.

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Happy reading,

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