February 19, 2024

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Fridays Can Be Almost Feral. This Friday Is. You Can Smell It All Over First Line Friday.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Psst I found this at Becky’s Book Blog. Please go check her out!

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read, ARC, TBR, favorite read, close your eyes and pick a book) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book

So the thing is that there are two possible starting points for this week’s book. So I’m going to give you both. You can choose. Both are well…

I’M NOT A LIAR. You’re a liar. I’m just telling stories; that’s all. And sometimes when you’re telling a story, you can’t let stupid shit like the truth get in the way.

RECIPE FOR A CLUSTERFUCK: take ten teenagers the world believes are human garbage, toss in some hippy work-together-to-make-the-world-better bullshit, add a dash of insecurity and a dollop of fear, and expect them not to kill and eat each other. VOILA! One glorious clusterfuck.

Pick your point, your starting line- doesn’t matter- this anthology is going to mess with your head, your heart, your everything. And you will be better when you come out the other side for having read it. 

But when you see who edited it? Who contributed? It really won’t shock you.

Ok are you ready ?????????????

FLF 10_22

Somehow this seemed fitting being this is the last day in St. Louis, I haven’t listened to a drop of music save what gets stuck in my head and the Umbrella Academy Soundtrack- Plus. Well It is MCR and it is just fact. And the solace of music and strength to walk on.

Plus. There is the book that I chose for the week.



Feral Youth: Edited by Shaun David Hutchinson


Contributions From:

 Brandy Colbert Suzanne Young Tim Floreen Justina Ireland

Alaya Dawn Johnson Stephanie Kuehn E.C. Myers

Marieke Nijkamp Robin Talley 


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