Tuesday, August 5, 2014

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Girls From Corona del Mar; Rufi Thorpe


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us? Here goes..... (my friend and I use to do the exact same thing with the lemon juice when we were teens...many, many, many years ago)
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Rufi Thorpe - 2014 - Knopf/Random House

CHAPTER 1 

The Best Tea in the World

"You're going to have to break one of my toes, I explained. Lorrie Ann and I were sunning ourselves, in the tiny, fenced-in patio of my mother's house on thin towels laid directly over the hot, cracked pavement.  We had squeezed a plastic lemon from the supermarket into our hair and were praying to be blonder, always blonder, our eyes closed against the sun. There was jasmine on the wind."

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What do you think? Would you read more? I just started this one and I'm enjoying it so far.

Feel free to join in and post the Intro from one of your reads and link below. 



32 comments:

  1. I have been curious about this one, so I would keep reading.

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    1. Me too Laurel, I added it to my TBR list when I first heard of it.

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  2. That's a delightful opening. I'm wondering why one of her toes HAS to be broken, and I'd keep reading to find out.

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    1. You actually find out the reason in the first few pages:)

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  3. I would keep reading, I remember squeezing lemon into my hair as a teenager. It was never going to work I have dark hair!

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    1. Me too Cleo -- as a brunette, it gave me red highlights:(

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  4. I like this intro. I'd keep reading.

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  5. I love that opening! Recently added this one to my wish list... sounds like a great read.

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    1. I'm liking it, but the audio version has a depressing tone. Actually, it's not an upbeat story so it is a realistic voice.

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  6. What a curious first sentence- it would at least keep me reading for a bit.

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    1. Abigail, it's story that has been written before -- more or less -- but it's still good.

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  7. Sounds like fun - I've been seeing this one around a lot lately. I'd like to know more about the overall premise of the book, though.

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    1. Best friends whose lives take very different paths. It's actually a pretty dark story.

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  8. Ha! Sounds like me as a teenager. I like openings of books. It's a great study.

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  9. I would keep reading for sure. I have to know why she thinks she has to break a toe!

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  10. I probably would quit right there.

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  11. I've already heard a tiny bit about this book, but even so, I can tell this will be a coming of age story and I enjoy those. I certainly did try the lemon halves rubbed on my hair for streaks when I was a teen, but I had dark brown hair so it was a waste of time (anyone here remember those commercials in the '60s for Sun-In I believe? with the gorgeous teen and her streaked blonde hair)
    Anyway, yes I would read this and am putting it on my library list. Enjoy the rest!

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  12. Ouch! I want to know why she said that. LOL I would keep reading.

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  13. LOL! I have tried lemon juice in my hair as well, even though I have dark brown hair. I'd read more, although I hope the toe is NOT broken.

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  14. Lately, I've read so much about Jasmine.

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  15. I wonder if lemon actually works? LOL

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    1. Freda, it does if your blonde. I tried it as a kid(dark hair) no success.

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  16. I wonder how much of the setting plays a part in the novel. Corona del Mar is about an hour north of where I used to live (Del Mar, CA) and it would be fun to revisit some of the locations I'm familiar with. And, yes. I used to use lemon juice to lighten my hair, although salty ocean water and sunshine did a nice job, too.

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