* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *
This week, I’ll be highlighting one of my current reads, Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller.
People get frogs in their pools. The frogs think the pools are ponds, jump in, and can’t get out again. Invisible chlorine seeps through their skin and kills them. On spring mornings, the more fortunate citizens of Highbone wake up to find their swimming pools full of dead or struggling frogs. They stand in their bathrobes with pool nets, fishing them out while their coffee gets cold. Everyone smiles while they dispose of all the little bodies.
This is, by far, one of the oddest and most strangely interesting first paragraphs of a book that I’ve come across in quite a while. I have to admit, it drew me in immediately because it seemed to signal that this was going to be an unusual, but enjoyable book. I’m not too far into it just yet, but so far, I am finding this to be true. Meredith’s writing style is definitely unique (in a good way) and these characters are instantly likable. To be a trio of teen girls, they’re jaded, cynical, and so displeased with the fake and cold world around them that I couldn’t help being drawn to them immediately. I’m very eager to get further into this book and to post a review for you guys when I’m finished!
Meredith and Harper Teen were so kind as to send me an ARC of this book, which I received in the mail earlier this week, but it actually released in stores on June 13th, so if you’re interested, go grab a copy!
Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are different from everyone else. They can see beneath the seemingly perfect, cookie-cutter exterior of their small town of Highbone, Long Island. They know that below the surface, each house is filled with secrets, indifference, and violence.
These girls refuse to become willing participants of these fake lives. Instead, they are determined to fight every condescending comment, every unwelcome touch, and every lie they’ve been told.
When the opportunity to commit the perfect crime appears, the girls finally start to see their way out of Highbone. But for the first time, Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are keeping secrets from each other. As they drift apart, the weight of reality starts to set in. These girls can’t save each other. They might not even be able to save themselves.