First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book

Here we go!


Chills tingled through my body. I sat up with a gasp, one hand clinging to my bedcovers. Slowly, all the jumbled strangeness in my mind trickled down, vanishing beneath the familiarity of my bedroom. The industrial-sized workbench for my Claymation projects stood beneath the two sash windows. Orange streetlight snuck through the curtains and shone across the paint pots, brushes, pens, and fabrics. My oak wardrobe rested against the far wall. Grandpa’s threadbare armchair sat tucked in beside my bed. My alarm clock flashed 6.08 a.m. I swiveled around to place my feet on the wooden floorboards. My feet… toes, ankles, heels, and skin. All normal. I stared at them for a minute. Why did I think there was something wrong with my feet?


Scroll down to reveal the book!

My Backward Life by Claire Merle

I recently downloaded this via Netgalley and I’m excited to read it!