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First Line(s) Friday | January 7, 2022

Posted January 7, 2022 by Kait in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 4 Comments

Happy Friday! Today I am participating in First Line Friday, hosted by Reading is My Superpower, AND First Lines Friday, created by Wandering Words!

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!

Unless you want your instrumental section to shun you for the entire season, you never start a story with, “This one time at band camp.” It’s an official rule of marching band.

Anyone have any guesses on what book this is? I’ll give you a few clues…

marching band saxophone GIF by UCF Marching Knights
Swipe Reaction GIF by Klarna
(that’s a catfish, in case you didn’t know!)

any guesses yet? no? okay, one more gif…

Heart Love Sticker by PinkNews

Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | January 7, 2022Forward March by Skye Quinlan
Published on March 8, 2022 by Page Street Kids
Genres: Contemporary, Queer, Aspec, Romance, YA
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: TBR and Beyond Tours
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Author Links: Website, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, TikTok

What’s worse? Someone using your face for catfishing or realizing you actually do have a crush on the catfished girl?
Harper “Band Geek” McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of marching band—and her Republican father’s presidential campaign. That was a tall order to start, but everything was going well enough until someone made a fake gay dating profile posing as Harper. The real Harper can’t afford for anyone to find out about the Tinder profile for three very important reasons:
1. Her mom is the school dean and dating profiles for students are strictly forbidden.
2. Harper doesn't even know if she likes anyone like that—let alone if she likes other girls.
3. If this secret gets out, her father could lose the election, one she's not sure she even wants him to win.
But upon meeting Margot Blanchard, the drumline leader who swiped right, Harper thinks it might be worth the trouble to let Margot get to know the real her.
With her dad’s campaign on the line, Harper’s relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made that fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what’s more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America.

Unless you want your instrumental section to shun you for the entire season, you never start a story with, “This one time at band camp.” It’s an official rule of marching band.

I started reading Forward March by Skye Quinlan yesterday and OH MY STARS I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!! I mean, I knew I would- queer band geeks? HELLO YES I AM HERE FOR THIS. also, catfishing???? I’m just so happy that I can finally hold this book in my hands as I read the wonderful story!

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours, Page Street Kids, and Skye Quinlan for letting me read a copy of this book early! (review to be posted the second week of March!)

What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!

Do you participate in either of these memes? Let me know if you do and link your posts in the comments so I can visit! And don’t forget to have a splendiferous week!

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4 responses to “First Line(s) Friday | January 7, 2022

  1. Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz. It is AWESOME!
    I’m just beginning chapter 23, so I will share a line from there.
    “Henri was on the verge of saying nay to the proposed mission, and he sensed that the governor’s council, a body of astute, shrewd men, knew it.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Happy Friday!
    The book I featured this week is Pomegranate Lane by Donna Anuszczyk but I’m currently reading With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall. I’m just starting it so I’ll share the first line from chapter 2 where I am currently: “Frank Daley checked the chart at the foot of the old man’s hospital bed.” I hope you have a wonderful reading weekend!
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  3. I’ve not heard of this one before. I’m currently reading Stone by Ronie Kendig. The first line is “Some days were meant to test a man; others meant to undo him.”

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