Category: First Line Friday

First Line Friday #53

Today’s First Line Friday is a different sort of novel. It is a young adult novel that deals with some tough issues.  It is also written like a screenplay. I hope to read it soon and as I glance through it, I think it would be a quick read that will make you think.  Sadly, as I was preparing this post I found out that the author passed away in 2014 and that there was also a movie filmed in 2016, that is coming to the theaters this month! I could not find much information on it other than it is being released on January 22nd and is an indie-film. At the time that I put together this post I could not find the movie trailer for it. I hate that the author never got to see his novel come to the full screen.

The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help.

Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. Monster.

Fade In: Interior Court. A guard sits at a desk behind Steve. Kathy O’Brien, Steve’s lawyer, is all business as she talks to Steve.

O’Brien
Let me make sure you understand what’s going on. Both you and this king character are on trial for felony murder. Felony Murder is as serious as it gets. . . . When you’re in court, you sit there and pay attetion. You let the jury know that you think the case is a serious as they do. . . .

Steve
You think we’re going to win ?

O’Brien (seriously)
It probably depends on what you mean by “win.”

Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout.

Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of “the system,” cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.

As a way of coping with the horrific events that entangle him, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a script, just like in the movies. He writes it all down, scene by scene, the story of how his whole life was turned around in an instant. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred and his vision obscured until he can no longer tell who he is or what is the truth. This compelling novel is Walter Dean Myers’s writing at its best.

 

About the Author:
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Walter Dean Myers Obituary
8/12/1937-7/01/2014

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First Line Friday #52

Today’s First Line Friday is the newest book from my favorite author Heather Gudenkauf!! This one was released last year.  I unfortunately have not been able to read it yet. Much like the author and protagonist in this novel, I have some hearing issues, so I really look forward to this one! There are not many books out there that deal with disabilities.  We need more of them!

I find her sitting all by herself in the emergency waiting room, her lovely features distorted from the swelling and bruising.

When a tragic accident leaves nurse Amelia Winn deaf, she spirals into a depression that ultimately causes her to lose everything that matters–her job, her husband, David, and her stepdaughter, Nora. Now, two years later and with the help of her hearing dog, Stitch, she is finally getting back on her feet. But when she discovers the body of a fellow nurse in the dense bush by the river, deep in the woods near her cabin, she is plunged into a disturbing mystery that could shatter the carefully reconstructed pieces of her life all over again.

As clues begin to surface, Amelia finds herself swept into an investigation that hits all too close to home. But how much is she willing to risk in order to uncover the truth and bring a killer to justice?

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First Line Friday #51

Today’s First Line Friday is another Christmas selection! This was also a Kim suggestion. Enjoy!

On that unseasonably warm November day at One Devonshire Terrace, Christmas was not in his head at all.

Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in.

Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself. On one of his long night walks, in a once-beloved square, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, who might be just the muse he needs. As Dickens’ deadlines close in, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, friendship, ambition, and love. The story he writes will change Christmas forever.

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