First Lines Fridays – #8

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:

It is a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.

We’re sitting in metal folding chairs backstage, and Martin Addison says, “I read your email.”

Do you recognise which book these seemingly inocuous words come from?

This week’s book is: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Buy it on: AMAZON

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Blue is one of my favourite characters EVER and I’m gearing up for a re-read of this beautifully sweet book. Have you read this, or any of Becky Albertalli’s other books?


15 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays – #8

    • I loved the book but haven’t seen the film yet 😛 It seems we’re opposite! I hope you enjoy the book when you get around to reading it. The writing is so simple, yet gets you right in the FEELS ❤ Jen

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    • YAY! I was hoping people would be able to guess this one 😀 I haven’t seen the movie yet… I’m planning on doing that soon though. I’ve heard that it’s quite good. I’m always of the mindset that the book is better though 😛 Thanks Evelyn!

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      • I totally agree with that mindset! But for this one I think the movie just as good, or maybe even better! (I live the book though!)

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    • Simon’s so sweet! Blue’s even better though. I know I’m probably on the minority in this but I would absolutely ADORE a book written from Blue’s perspective. Even the same story but just from his POV ❤ I feel like we missed out on getting to know him more! Jen

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    • It’s endlessly adorable! I love Blue. He’s my ultimate fav and completely stole my heart in this book ❤ I still need to watch the movie for it though! I'm terrible at getting around to them ahah 😛 Jen

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      • Ohmygosh the movie is ADORABLE!!! I cried so much that when I went out for dinner after, I’m convinced the waiters thought I’d just broken up with my boyfriend 😂


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