First Lines Friday #3

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“I shouldn’t have come to this party.
I’m not even sure I belong at this party. That’s not some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it’s not enough to be me. Either version of me. Big D’s spring break party is one of those places.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I haven’t read this one yet, but I will be soon! Have you read it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

6 thoughts on “First Lines Friday #3”

  1. I sure have read it and it was one of my favorite reads this summer. It was the book that got me started reading YA again. As an elementary librarian, I don’t venture into YA that much but Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is pretty spectacular.

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    1. That’s so nice. I heard Angie speak last week and she was saying that so many people have come up to her and said that this book got them interested in reading, or even changed their minds about how the feel in regards to race. It’s amazing!


    1. I know! I find it really funny to look back on first lines of books after reading it. I did that as an exercise in class. I used my favourite mystery book and the first line introduced the character who ends up being the murderer. It was amazing.

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