First Lines Friday: August 5, 2022

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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!

First Lines:

The illustrious Aaliyah, may she rest in peace, once said, If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again, try again. Well, no offense to Aaliyah, but I say, if at first you don’t succeed, save yourself the heartache and give up. And if my good sis had been writing a scholarship essay for her dream college, I’m sure she would have agreed with me.


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s a new YA release.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Lane Clarke.


The First Lines Friday book is:

Love Times Infinity


About the Book:

Title: :Love Times Infinity

Author: Lane Clarke

Page Length: 368

Publication Date: July 26, 2022

Publisher: Poppy

Synopsis: High school junior Michie is struggling to define who she is for her scholarship essays, her big shot at making it into Brown as a first-generation college student. The prompts would be hard for anyone, but Michie’s been estranged from her mother since she was seven and her concept of family has long felt murky.

Enter new kid and basketball superstar Derek de la Rosa. He is very cute, very talented, and very much has his eye on Michie, no matter how invisible she believes herself to be.

When Michie’s mother unexpectedly reaches out to make amends, and with her scholarship deadlines looming, Michie must choose whether to reopen old wounds or close the door on her past. And as she spends more time with Derek, she’ll have to decide how much of her heart she is willing to share. Because while Michie may not know who she is, she’s starting to realize who she wants to become, if only she can take a chance on Derek, on herself, and on her future.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon


Have you read Love Times Infinity? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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