First Lines Friday: 26th July

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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The summer is made for stoop-sitting
and since it’s the last week before school starts,
Harlem is opening its eyes to September.

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


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Xiomara has always kept her words to herself.  In her Harlem neighbourhood, her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But X has secrets.  Her feelings for a boy in her bio class, the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed – and a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight.

Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.

The Poet X recently won the CILIP Carnegie Medal, beating the likes of The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, and Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay to the grand prize.  Cleverly, the book is written in a style similar to beat poetry, making it a little different as well as a nice quick read!  I’m really enjoying it so far – this style is very reminiscent of One by Sarah Crossan, which again, I liked how the poetry-esque style changed the pace of the story.

What are you reading this week?

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