First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday

Hooray! It’s almost the weekend!
Today’s post: First Lines Friday!

Having finished one of my current reads, for this week, a little quicker than anticipated, I’ve gone and started a new one. Can you guess which book this is, based on its opening lines?

First Lines Friday 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?  

  • 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!

(Click on the book covers for a link to their GoodReads page)

꜀( ˊ̠˂˃ˋ̠ )꜆ F – R – I – Y – A – Y !! ꜀( ˊ̠˂˃ˋ̠ )꜆

This week’s lines…

“Usually when someone’s fondling my balls, I disappear. I try to pretend it isn’t happening. The whole thing makes me so uncomfortable I don’t know what to do, so I just vanish.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

First Time for Everything by Henry Fry

Blurb

Danny Scudd is absolutely fine. He always dreamed of escaping the small-town life of his parents’ fish-and-chip shop, moving to London, and becoming a journalist. And, after five years in the city, his career isn’t exactly awful, and his relationship with pretentious Tobbs isn’t exactly unfulfilling. Certainly his limited-edition Dolly Parton vinyls and many (maybe too many) house plants are hitting the spot. But his world is flipped upside down when a visit to the local clinic reveals that Tobbs might not have been exactly faithful. In fact, Tobbs claims they were never operating under the “heteronormative paradigm” of monogamy to begin with. Oh, and Danny’s flatmates are unceremoniously evicting him because they want to start a family. It’s all going quite well.

Newly single and with nowhere to live, Danny is forced to move in with his best friend, Jacob, a flamboyant nonbinary artist whom he’s known since childhood, and their eccentric group of friends living in an East London “commune.” What follows is a colorful voyage of discovery through modern queer life, dating, work, and lots of therapy–all places Danny has always been too afraid to fully explore. Upon realizing just how little he knows about himself and his sexuality, he careens from one questionable decision (and man) to another, relying on his inscrutable new therapist and housemates to help him face the demons he’s spent his entire life trying to repress. Is he really fine, after all? 

Wow, what an interesting first line, eh? 😳 As good of a hook as you can get!
That’s this week’s line! Did you manage to guess the book correctly? Have you seen this book before? It was just released on May 10th of this year, but I first came across this read on NetGalley, and I’m pretty excited to get into this book (and bring my ratio back up) as I’m always down for a good comedy!

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