Tuesday, June 30, 2015

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Hyacinth Girls; Lauren Frankel


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.


Hyacinth Girls; Lauren Frankel
Crown - 2015

PROLOGUE

"On a chilly October morning I watched them put Callie's face on a billboard: two men in hard hats hoisting the vinyl sheet on a rope through the air.  I chewed gum in my parked car, the traffic whizzing by me, as the sheet billowed and flapped in the wind like a huge dark flag.  I wanted to be the first one to see her, so I'd driven over early, making promises to myself about how I was going to be. Focused. Resilient. Like nothing could touch me.  I wouldn't reach for the tissues in my pockeys, and I wouldn't start wailing in front of the highway."

What do you think -- keep reading or pass?
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19 comments:

  1. Oh, yes, I do want to know more...I've been eyeing this one.

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  2. She cried, didn't she? I am not familiar with this book, but I do like the intro.

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  3. What a great beginning! I'm wondering if Callie is a model or ... what? I'd keep reading to find out and to see how the narrator reacts when the billboard is up.

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  4. I'm betting it's a missing person they're putting on the billboard. Yes, I'd read on.

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  5. Yes, me too. I want to know why she's on the billboard.

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  6. Love the writing... and it leaves me with so many questions.

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  7. Some different takes on just who Callie is. My first thought was that she was a classmate, and maybe famous. But Suzie made me think of another option. I must read this one, or at the very least learn more.

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  8. I'm afraid it is about a missing person...I don't want to read about the pain this person is anticipating.

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  9. This is a powerful opening, and it makes me want to read more.

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  10. The opening did grab my attention. I would keep reading.

    Sorry about the double entry in Mr. Linky, my tablet is a pain!

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  11. I would definitely keep reading. I need to know what happens next!

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  12. I'm sorry, but this one isn't for me, hope you enjoy it anyway :D

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  13. I like the intro too and would sure read more!

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  14. It sounds intriguing. I would continue reading.

    Thanks for leaving your message for my hospitalized father-in-law Diane, he really appreciated it.

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  15. How did she make out with acting strong? I'll bet she fell apart.

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  16. I've not come across this one before and I really like the opening - you can feel the chill of the October air but more importantly I want to know what on earth has happened?

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  17. Hi Diane,

    I have to admit that your lines intrigued me enough to have me searching out the full premise. Whilst probably not a book I would be putting at the top of my list, I am longing to discover if Callie's poster is that of a missing person, part of an anti bullying campaign, or something much more sinister!!

    On Tuesday, I generally take part in 'Teaser Tuesday', a meme where we open our current book and select a couple of random sentences from the page we land up on.

    This week, my lines came from 'The Faerie Tree' by Jane Cable...

    http://www.fiction-books.biz/weekly-memes/teaser-tuesdays/the-faerie-tree-by-jane-cable-2/

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne

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