First Line Fridays – #6

Hi all!

Welcome to another First Lines Fridays! I’m excited to share my chosen book with you this week – I think some of you should be able to guess it. This is a weekly meme for book lovers to judge a book by its opening lines rather than by its cover, its author or its prestige. I saw this on Mani’s Book Corner but was originally hosted by Wandering Words.


  1. Choose a book from your shelves/ current read.
  2. Open the book to the first page.
  3. Copy the first line on the page, making sure you don’t give away the book title.
  4. Reveal the book.
First Lines:

What he wants most in the world is to cut off his own hands. At the wrist would be best.

The hollow tiredness that stretches from fingertip to elbow would be gone forever. How sick is that?

There must be something seriously – dangerously – wrong if he can lie on his rock-solid mattress at night and think about lopping off limbs and using bloodied stumps to write ‘HA’ on the walls. It would be a scene out of a horror movie. And he’d be free.

Do you recognise which book these gruesomely yearning words come from?
This week’s book is: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
Buy it on: AMAZON

An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

Thrilling and powerfully written, this is an explosive debut for YA readers which tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse in an ultimately hopeful tale.

I’ve wanted to read a book by C.G. Drews for quite a while now. This one had such an alluringly gruesome beginning that I knew I had to give it a try! Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?


9 thoughts on “First Line Fridays – #6

  1. Oh yes I had it correct! I remember rereading this sentence a coupleof times whe I read the book, wondering what I got myself into haahah! (Loved the book though!)


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    • I’ve been keen to read one of her books for a while now and this one captured my attention from the very first page. Hopefully the story is as good as it starts! Thanks Joanna 🙂 Jen

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  2. Omg… Those lines have already shown me how much of an emotional wreck I’ll be when I read this book 😂 I’ve heard a lot about this book and all positive things! I can’t wait to eventually read it. Great first lines!

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    • Thanks Dini! It’s definitely quite emotional haha. I’m having to take a little break between reading it. Think I might pick it up again next week. The first page has me really intrigued though! I love reading about intense, dysfunctional families and this book seems to have that in spades! Jen

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      • Yeah, I’ve heard that about this book and it sends you right through an emotional wringer lol but I’m really curious to read it and her other book that was published this year! 😍

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