First Lines Fridays

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?

  • 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!


Blessed are the queer, for we understand a truth lost on much of the world. A society beholden to a dated sense of normalcy, no longer. Recognition, that something upstairs does not compute with the shape of the external shell. A Big Mac cased in a Filet-o-Fish container. You know that presentation is half the battle. Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their own bodies. Contrast that sensation with the idea of a standard method of doing things. The way your life is “supposed” to play out. Good grades, college, a job, a spouse of the opposite sex, kids. The white picket fence.



The Transgender Manifesto

The Transgender Manifesto
by Ian Thomas Malone


Do you know who you are?
What lies beneath the surface?
Ever get the feeling that something
Deep down wasn’t quite right?

I did.

Who are you to tell me otherwise?
The birthers, who think your external
Shell defines your whole identity, while
Pointing to the sky to show us the answers.

We’re out and we’re here to stay.
Deal with it.

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