First Line Friday: 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 would like, 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.
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux
My name is Balise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It's the pure and simple truth.
I was almost twelve years old the day the customs officers found me in the back of the truck. I stank as badly as the garbage shed where Abdelmalik slept, and all I was able to say was 'Mynameisblaisefortuneandiamacitizenofthefrenchrepublicitsthepureandsimpletruth.'
I don't find this opening particularly interesting other than I know that this book is translated from French and that is won the YA Award for books translated from another language this year. I also love the run-on sentence. It makes me smile. I've only read about 50 pages so far and I have found this book to be completely charming.