Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - French Leave; Anna Gavalda


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where I share the first paragraph sometimes two from a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon.


French Leave; Anna Gavalda
Europa - 2011

"With one buttock in space and my hand still on the car door, I hadn't even had time to sit down and already my sister-in-law was nagging me; For heaven's sake...didn't you hear the horn? We've been here for ten minutes!

What do you think -- keep reading or pass? 
(Feel free to join in this week by posting your intro below?



57 comments:

  1. Oh, I can't stand a nag! I do want to know more.

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  2. French Leave sounds interesting!

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  3. Wow - short and fun. I like it.

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  4. Oh I dislike the sister-in-law already - nagging has to be one of the worst traits out there - I want to know more!

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  5. If I had a sister-in-law like that, I'd ignore her honking too! The author did a good job of setting up conflict in just the first couple of sentences. I'd keep reading to find out what's going on.

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  6. I wonder - is she always running late or has something happened to delay her? And the title? French Leave implies leave without permission - are they leaving in a hurry? Is that why the sister-in-law is so impatient? I do want to know.

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    1. Gee, you read a lot more into that brief bit of info than I did. I must say I think it will be a fun read.

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  7. Oh God, I hate the nagging that inevitably happens during a family road trip! It's a good beginning though because you're immediately wondering what's happening and why! My teaser this week is from 'Practical Magic' by Alice Hoffman. Thanks for sharing and for hosting :) I hope you have great week!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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    1. Oh Practical Magic was a fun read (loved the movie as well).

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  8. I'd love to read this one. Sounds delightful!

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  9. Ugh!!! We all know someone like this.

    My teaser (w/ a giveaway) is at Beth Fish Reads.

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  10. Hmmm...so one character is a shrew...LOL!

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  11. Sounds like it could be fun... and it's a Europa. I'd keep reading!

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  12. I would pass - the word, 'buttock' is off-putting, it makes me feel that the writing will be slight. I feel the same way about the cover, it looks like an airport book.

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  13. I'd continue reading - I feel like there isn't much there in which to put the book down for.

    Reading With Jade

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  14. I'd keep reading! This looks like it might be fun, and I like the cover!

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  15. I'd keep reading. I have to know more about this pair.

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  16. Just about everything I've read published by Europa Editions is outstanding! Looks wonderful! I wish the books were easier for me to find; I can only get them online. :(

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    1. I've never read a bad Europa Edition either. Looking forward to getting into this one.

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  18. If you wouldn't date someone who sits in the car tooting the horn, you shouldn't accept it from a relative! I'd keep reading just to see how she copes!

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  19. Could be good. It did make me smile. ;) Looking forward to your review!

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  20. Great opening! I would continue reading.

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    1. I thought it was good as well ---just a few lines and a big smile on my face.

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  21. Sounds like a great person to share a car journey with... not!

    I think I'd have to read a little more to make my mind up about this one.

    Chippy

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  22. I like those short and sweet openings. I would want to see what happened next!

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  23. I think I'd want to just get right back out of the car and call it a day! I'm not fond of the nagger.

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  24. Short and sweet and as it made me smile, I think I would keep on reading. Have a great week Diane.

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    1. Still haven't started it as I'm dealing with a head cold :(

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  25. You had me at buttock. But seriously, it sounds like a fun read. I'd keep on.

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  26. Sounds good, and the chance that France could be involved in the story makes me want to read.

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    1. I agree, but, since I have a head cold I haven't done any reading today to find out more.

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  27. Sounds like someone I know...not sure I'd keep on reading though - sorry!

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  28. Keep reading! It's a good one. And then try another one of her books, you won't be disappointed with any of them :)

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    1. Yay, so happy to read this from you. I own a few of her books.

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