Book beginnings on Friday – Blink & Caution

Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Katy at A Few More Pages.

Here’s what you do: share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section . Include the title and author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and if you liked or did not like that sentence. Link-up each week at Katy’s place.
On my way to work this morning I started reading Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. It starts like this:

Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-JonesLook up at the Plaza Regent, Blink, in the shivery morning light. Count the floors – take you pick.

You’re wearing the Blessed Breakfast Uniform: the Adidas, sparkly white; the tan Gap cargos; the yellow Banana Republic polo; the red cotton hooded full-zip. Lifted, all of it, from a gym locker at Jarvis Collegiate, where the posh children drift down from Rosedale on shining bikes or are disgorged BMW’s. You picked a boy about your size. You followed him to school one day, which was against the rules. It’s never hard to find a locker room; your nose shows you the way. These fine clothes of young master Rosedale were doused with Eternity when first you put them on, though that fragrance has been lost with repeated wear.

I sense a lot of desperation in this beginning. Wearing stolen clothes to get a breakfast, doesn’t sound like his circumstances are too good. I’m about to start chapter 3 and isn’t disappointed so far.


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Librarian, reader, atheist, blogger, golfer, lesbian, geek.

Posted on September 30, 2011, in Literature/Books, Quotes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Oh, I’m very curious about this story now. Obviously the character has a desperation about him, but he also seems to manage to survive in style.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Hi Eva,

    I would definitely read on, after those first few lines. They set the scene for a fantastic story, even more so after I had checked out the synopsis. I hadn’t thought about the storyline taking the twist that it says it is going to, which makes it even better.

  3. He tries to have some style, but it quickly becomes obvious that there’s more desperation and fear than style.

  4. Oh, she’s living a double life of some sort I think. Those clothes are stolen.

  5. It’s a he, and, yes, the clothes are stolen.

  6. That beginning definitely has a unique voice. I haven’t heard of this book before. Intriguing beginning!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

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