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!
“They said I was a drug addict. I found that hard to come to terms with – I was a middle-class, convent educated girl whose drug use was strictly recreational. And surely drug addicts were thinner?”
Okay this is one of my all time favorite books it’s Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes. I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I would probably give away waay to many spoilers. I adore Marian Keyes as a writer, although her books are mostly categorized as chick lit she does not shy away from difficult or sensitive topics. I will leave you with the synopsis, though I would love to know what intrigues you more the synopsis or the first few lines?
‘How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers . . .’
Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters – Dublin’s answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She’s only agreed to her incarceration because she’s heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey – and it’s about time she had a holiday.
But what Rachel doesn’t count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – and missing Luke, her ex. What kind of a new start in life is this?