First Lines Friday: 9th December

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!

Feel free to comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out and maybe share it on Twitter.

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.

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




The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


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When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther’s life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women’s aspirations seriously.

Someone recently recommended The Bell Jar to me, so I thought it was about time I gave it a shot – it isn’t the longest book, and I need something completely different to help me recover from my Ready Player One book hangover.  I know from what I’ve heard of it that The Bell Jar is quite an intense read, dealing with mental illness and feminist issues – I look forward to reading it, and seeing how these topics are handled.

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