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Friday, May 13, 2011

First Line Friday

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.


  1. Hmmm. Not a "grab you" first line. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the book is. I do wonder why the character was in a truck and where s/he was going

  2. It's the kind of line that grabs me for many reasons. The French part, the mystery of where she was going and why she was in the truck, why she stank, etc...

  3. Very curious opening lines...I love the cover and I'm now quite curious about this one.


  4. I love the cover as well. I would find it interesting to see how she got there and where she is going.


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