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First Lines Friday: 24th March

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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

You have to be quick,
none of this pretending to be browsing business
that some shoplifters go for.


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

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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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Summary:

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?


I actually didn’t really dig this book.  Why pick a book I don’t like for First Lines Friday?  Well, Sarah Crossan’s One was insanely good, and I’m sure fans of her work will still appreciate her latest novel.  For me though, the whole thing was just slightly underwhelming.  I can see it working well as a film, but in this style – the poetic. tumbling-down-the-page writing that I’ve come to know Sarah Crossan for – I just don’t think the story works.  Still, it has some excellent first lines!

Check out the First Lines Fridays archive for more posts like this!

Happy reading,

Emma

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March 24, 2017
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Book Club Review: One by Sarah Crossan

One by Sarah CrossanTitle: One

Author: Sarah Crossan

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

‘Deep down everyone wants to be a star and normal is the road to nothingness.’

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review

Conjoined twins Grace and Tippi share everything together – they can’t imagine it any other way.  But when their health becomes at risk, being apart might be the only thing that can keep them together.

Beautifully moving, One is a truly epic piece of contemporary fiction.  Told from Grace’s perspective, the book offers a wonderfully realistic insight into what life is like for conjoined twins.  The best thing about the story is how the one thing everyone thinks is the worst thing – being conjoined – is really the girls’ smallest concern.  They have much bigger problems – school, relationships, their dysfunctional family.  It really challenged my assumptions in this way.  That isn’t to say the girls don’t have issues of their own to face – the hardest decision of all must be made by Grace and Tippi, a decision that put me on the edge of my seat for much of the book.

I liked that Tippi and Grace, although always together, had very distinctive personalities.  Grace is quieter and bookish, whereas Tippi is much more outspoken.  The yin and yang of the twins’ personalities actually reminded me a lot of Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act, which I remember finding fascinating as a young reader.  It is immediately clear that Sarah Crossan has done a lot of careful research to be able to approach the topic with such sensitivity – she certainly does it justice.  In fact, she states at the end of the novel that her characters were based on two real life sisters.

What really makes One stand out is its unconventional format.  The words run down the page like verse, making every word more significant and powerful and making the one page that diverts from this rule completely devastating… there’ll be no spoilers here though!

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ (5/5)

Thanks for joining us for July’s Book Club!  Click here to see what we’re reading next!

Emma

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July 31, 2016
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One: Halfway Checkpoint

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One by Sarah Crossan

Reading Status: Finished

This month we’ve been reading One by Sarah Crossan, a contemporary piece of Young Adult fiction that I – since I finished the book – can safely say is like no other.

This book is a perfect example of ‘less is more’ and I love the way it has been written.  The story, writing style and characters are all excellent; it is near impossible to fault.  Despite being a quick read (you could read it in a day, easily), it would definitely be re-readable, so I’m really pleased I did buy myself a copy.

I’ll be doing a full review at the end of the month where I’ll be able to gush a whole lot more, but for now I just implore you to pick up a copy and read it as soon as you can.  Meanwhile, I’ll be forcing my copy onto all my friends and family so that I can share this book hangover with someone (while it isn’t as bad as A Court of Mist and Fury – will anything ever be that bad? – it is still pretty intense).

There’s still time to join us for the read-along!  Click here for the introduction post, including author bio and first impressions of the book.

Emma

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July 15, 2016
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Introducing 30 Days of Confidence and July’s Book Club!

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Welcome to the first day of 30 Days of Confidence!  We chose July’s Book Club book to reflect this month’s challenge, as One is about love and identity.  If you’re interested in joining us for a month of positivity and confidence boosting, check out my post listing some ways you can get involved, and don’t forget to use our hashtag #30DaysofConfidence.  Personally, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone with my writing, sharing the first full draft of my novel with people for the first time ever (nerve-wracking!).  I’ll also be going away to Bath, joining the gym, and hopefully going kayaking (something I have definitely been putting off for some time).  What goals will you set for yourself this month?

July is also a very special month for Words & Geeks – it is the book club’s one year anniversary!  We’ve read so many different books and genres this year, and it has been so much fun to read and discuss the same book with friends.  Thanks to everyone who has joined and supported us over the past twelve months – here’s to many more!  Keep an eye out for an anniversary special post over the next week, looking back over all the books we have read so far!

Now, on to the introductions for this month’s book:

One by Sarah Crossan

One by Sarah Crossan

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Summary:

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone.

What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?

But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for…

Author Bio:

(Taken from the book)

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire.  She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University.  Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.  Find out more are sarahcrossan.com.

First Lines:

Here

          We are.

And we are living.

Isn’t that amazing?

How we manage

to be

at all.

First Impressions:

Bloomsbury are perhaps my favourite publishing company, so that’s already a tick in that box.  We were drawn in by the beautiful front cover and interesting blurb – I read Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson as a young teen but have never read anything about conjoined twins before.  I think it’ll be a fascinating  read!  In particular though, this book is quite unconventional in its format – it does not read like a normal book, but instead is written down the page like verse.  I’m curious to see how this changes the experience of reading, if it makes it more poetic or puts emphasis on different parts.


Make sure to check out co-host The Geek Undergraduate’s first impressions of the book too and share your own first impressions below!

We hope you have an amazing month – keep an eye on Twitter for reading updates throughout July and lots of inspirational book quotes and posts to celebrate #30DaysofConfidence.

Happy reading!

Emma

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30 Days of Confidence is a challenge running through July 2016, hosted by Wandering Words and The Geek Undergraduate. Step out of your comfort zone, do something positive and new, and build your confidence!  Click here for more info.
July 1, 2016
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Words & Geeks Book Club: July ’16 Book Announcement

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July is a pretty big month for the Words & Geeks Book Club.  Not only will we be celebrating the 30 Days of Confidence Challenge, but we’ll also be celebrating the book club’s one year anniversary!  So with this in mind, we wanted to pick something special that would encompass these two great events.

July’s book will be…

One by Sarah Crossan

One

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Blurb:

Grace and Tippi don’t like being stared and sneered at, but they’re used to it. They’re conjoined twins – united in blood and bone.
What they want is to be looked at in turn, like they truly are two people. They want real friends. And what about love?
But a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead for Tippi and Grace. One that could change their lives more than they ever asked for…


There’s something pretty special about this book that really caught our eye too.  It is written in verse.  It’ll be a first for Words & Geeks, and we can’t wait to see how that changes the way the story is read.

If you want to celebrate our book club anniversary with us, pick up a copy of One and join us for the read-along this July!  It’s going to be a big one!

Things will kick off here on 1st July with an introduction post, plus a halfway checkpoint on the 15th and updates on Twitter throughout the month.  Make sure to check out The Geek Undergraduate too for her reading updates!

Happy reading!

Emma

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June 20, 2016
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