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!
“There are two things you know. One: You were there. Two: You couldn’t have been there.
Holding these two incompatible truths together takes skill at juggling. Of course juggling requires a third ball to keep the rhythm smooth. That third ball is time – which bounces much more wildly than any of us would like to believe.”
And the book is…
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman! I’m a fan of Shusterman’s Unwind series, and I went to a signing where he read an excerpt from this book. I was immediately hooked. Not only is the story amazing and so heartfelt, but the mental illness Shusterman focuses on is one that affects his family deeply. It is an often confusing read, but by far the most accurate portrayal of mental illness I’ve seen in a YA book. Knowing that the illustrations included were actually done by his son during his time in a mental health facility makes the story that much more personal. I urge you all to pick up this book.
Goodreads: Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.
Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.
Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.
Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.
Caden Bosch is torn.
Have any of you read it? What were your thoughts? Let us know!