Friday Firsts (1): Ruby by Francesca Lia Block


Friday Firsts is a weekly meme started by Allison at Well-Read Reviews.
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Since this is my first Friday Firsts post let me explain the rules:

The first line can make or break a reader's interest.  Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence?  To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.
  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
  • Create a blog post with this information.  (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using.  Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story?  Why or why not?
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RUBY
by Francesca Lia Block and Carmen Staton

The day of his father's funeral, the boy walked into the parlor and saw his mother smiling.
It does make you curious, doesn't it?  Why would his mother smiling on the day of his father's funeral?

Normally, a book can't be judged by its opening sentence; however, opening a story with a riveting sentence can surely capture a reader's interest.  Me?  I don't decide if a book is good or not until I read the first chapter.  After reading that one, crucial chapter, I decide if I'm going to continue reading it, if I'm going to put it in the "to-be-read-later" pile or discard it entirely.  Which goes to say that that first sentence really can make or break the book.
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