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?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) 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!
Minutes after the shootings, everybody’s cell phone rang.
Interested? Scroll down for the cover and summary!
After by Francine Prose
The shootings in Pleasant Valley were fifty miles away, but at Central High a grief and crisis counselor is hired, security is increased, and privileges are being taken away.
No one knows why.
If you break the new rules the punishment is severe. And the rules keep changing every day.
School feels like a prison.
It’s for their protection, yet fifteen year old Tom Bishop and his friends learn that things are far more sinister than they seem. Students and teachers begin disappearing.
There’s no way to stop it.
Nationally best-selling and acclaimed author Francine Prose has written a haunting novel about what happens when protection goes too far and what it means to have freedom extinguished in the name of safety.
Today’s book is one I’ve seen several times, but never had the chance to pick up. I recently checked it out at the local library and look forward to reading it soon. If any of you have read it, I’d love to hear what you thought!