I’ve been seeing this meme float around. I didn’t personally want to devote myself to a meme, because I live in Australia and a lot of the time my Friday is most people’s Thursday. However, this one seems easy and fun and yes, I know I’m posting it on Saturday. That’s just this week, next week I vow to post this on my Friday.
I’m super excited to be posting and joining in on this, though. I hope you all like it as well considering I finally learnt how to make titles or whatever they’re called for my blog.
So, what’s it about?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books.
How it works?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
- Finally…reveal the book!
She waits until we’re driving over the bridge to tell me. This is a strategic move. Wait until your temperamental daughter is suspended over the Atlantic Ocean to drop the bomb, thereby decreasing the chance that she’ll fling open the car door and hurl herself over the edge.
The book is How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake.
Trigger Warnings: parental neglect, verbal abuse and alcoholism.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Genre: LGBTQ+, contemporary, romance, young adult
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.
Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.
How To Make A Wish quickly shot to my favourite books after I finished it earlier this year. It was a book with so many powerful elements and such a powerful message that I was left speechless. The parallels to my own life throughout it make recommending it feel like I’m baring my soul. Ashley Herring Blake wove an incredible tale that I can’t help but recommend highly. Please, for the love of God or whoever you praise, pick up this book. It’s a fast contemporary, the relationship is amazing and the look at what many go through.