Firsts 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


I really, really hate flies. Is there anything worse than when you’re trying to concentrate and some fly is buzzing around your head going, Bzzz bzzz bzzz? I mean, yes, there are things that are worse. But right now, sitting here, attempting to begin this memoir, there is nothing I would love more than to have this fly obliterated.

So that’s the first fun fact about me: I hate flies. What else?

When this book is published, I’ll be twenty years old and a junior at the University of Tulsa.

I lived in five different cities by the time I was twelve, including Okinawa, Japan, and Okay, Oklahoma—population: six hundred twenty.

One of the most romantic nights of my life was making out with a guy until the sun came up while the DVD of Final Destination—featuring a gory death every five minutes—played on repeat in the background.

When I was fifteen, I transitioned from being Luke (a boy) to Katie (a girl).

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