This week, I am linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.
This week (yesterday actually) I started We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
I only got this last week but after positive comments on a previous post and accidentally opening it on iBooks, I couldn’t resist. The whole first chapter is below because, well, pulling out the first paragraph would have made this a short post but also because it didn’t feel right to break it up at any point. It reads so differently and the layout is great. It definitely changed the way I read it.
WELCOME TO THE beautiful Sinclair Family.
No one is a criminal.
No one is an addict.
No one is a failure.
The Sinclairs are athletci, tall, and handsome. We are old-money Democrats. Our smiles are wide, our chins are square, and our tennis servce aggressive.
It doesn’t matter if divorce shreds the muscles of our hearts so that they will hardly beat without a struggle. It doesn’t matter if trust-fund money is running out; if credit card bills go unpaid on the kitchen counter. It doesn’t matter if there’s a cluster of pill bottles on the beside table.
It doesn’t matter if one of us is desperately, desperately in love.
that equally desperate measures must be taken.
We are Sinclairs.
No one is needy.
No one is wrong.
We live, at least in the summertime, on a private island off the coast of Massachusetts.
Perhaps that is all you need to know.
What do you think? Would you keep reading?