Friday, May 13, 2011

Book Beginnings...on a Friday

A little bit of fun on a Friday, this weekly meme is hosted by A Few More Pages
I'll share the first line (or two) of the book I'm currently reading (including the title and author) and let you know what my first impressions are - good or bad!

"After my brother went missing, my parents let me use their car whenever I wanted, even though I only had a learner's permit. They didn't enforce my curfew. I didn't have to ask to be excused from the dinner table."
The Local News, by Miriam Gershow

I can't say I'm totally sold on this beginning. The next par goes on to talk about the dinner table being covered in posters of her missing brother, but it seems to lack punch as an opening. I'll continue on though - and see how I feel about page 50! 

It was the cover that caught my eye with this book, and I was just as intrigued by the story - siblings, one extrovert, one introvert, and then the table is turned once one of them goes missing, plus I want to know where he's gone! 


  1. I hope that the book gets better for you, the more you read. The synopsis makes it sound like a very moving story, but I'll reserve judgement on it, until I get to know your final thoughts.


  2. Wow, this one sounds like one I must read. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I agree that it doesn't completely sell the reader from the first sentence, but it does get the reader curious. What happened to the brother? Why don't the parent's care? etc. Very intriguing!

    ~ Katy

  4. It is a nice cover, but it sounds sad.

  5. I want to know, too!

  6. Ohhhhhh, I think it sounds great!
    I wonder where he went or who took him...

    I hope you make it through this book, 'cause I'd love to read your review!

  7. I agree with Yvonne - I'm sold. I'm adding to my TBR pile :)

  8. I think that's a great beginning; just enough to pique your curiosity and make you carry on reading!

  9. I hope you get more into the book. It does sound interesting if it gets going.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and commenting. Have a great weekend!

  10. Funny, I would think that if one child went missing the parents would be more strict with the remaining child...

  11. I agree with some of the other commenters that the beginning raises some questions about where the brother has gone and why the parents don't care about the narrator.

    Thanks for stopping by on my blog!