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Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Beginnings.

This is my first time participating in this meme.  How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

From Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan (YA-c.2010)
Imagine this.
     You're in your favorite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You go to the section where a favorite author's books reside, and there nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.
     What do you do?
Well, I would take a look.  Wouldn't you?  I'm intrigued to find out what is in the notebook...though I suspect it is the book of dares mentioned in the title.  This is an excellent opener for a book since YA books need to start off with a bang or a puzzle or some grabber to get teens interested in reading.  I ready to keep going.


  1. Oh, yeah, I would so be looking at it too! Great start to your joining us in the Book Beginnings meme!

    RE: my beginning from the Lockridges--Frances and Richard Lockridge wrote mysteries from the 1930s through the 1960s. Set in NYC and the surrounding area. When Frances died, Richard wrote mysteries into the 70s.

  2. I've heard a lot about this one. I have never read anything by Levithan. I'll have to add it to my massive wishlist.

  3. I would take a look at it too! What a great beginning--it makes me want to know what comes next!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  4. Reminds me of finding odds & ends in between books while relabelling old books at my library job. I once found a lovely homemade Valentine Day's card tucked in a book & couldn't help but read it. Ultimately, I decided to leave it where it rightly belonged :)

  5. What I usually find in between pages of books are odd things that people used for bookmarks, like gum wrappers or scraps of notes.


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