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Book Beginnings 06.09.17: What I Lost

June 9, 2017

* 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, What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard.


No one told me that when I got skinny I’d grow fur. Tiny translucent hairs, fine like white mink, appeared on my arms, my legs, and even, to my horror, my face, giving me downy blond sideburns no girl should have. When I looked it up, the fur had a name – lanugo. Babies are born with it. Anorexics grow it.


I actually got this book as an ARC a month or two ago, but I have a horrible habit of not reading my ARCs until the week they release (or the week after), so naturally, it released earlier this week and I just started on it yesterday. That said, this first line was really interesting, because it kind of sets this tone that What I Lost is going to address the ugly side of EDs – the side effects that embarrass its sufferers, like lanugo. That immediately drew me in, because my last read about an ED was Paperweight, which glorified anorexia tremendously and left me incredibly disappointed. So far, I’ve really enjoyed this book, though, and can’t wait to finish it and give you guys a review!

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  • Reply Laurel-Rain Snow June 9, 2017 at 8:32 am

    I am definitely intrigued with those opening lines…and the concept of negative side effects to weight loss. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s mine: “EVERY LAST LIE”

  • Reply Kristin June 9, 2017 at 8:34 am

    The opening line really caught my attention! I am looking forward to seeing your review for this one!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

      I ended up finishing this book a little bit ago, and oh my goodness, it was so good! I was not disappointed at all. I’ll hopefully have a review for it up this weekend!

  • Reply Kathy Martin June 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I liked both What I Lost and Paperweight. This week I’m featuring Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron. Happy reading!

  • Reply Allie Lujah June 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    That is a fantastic opener! I definitely want to check this out, just based on that, but cannot wait to hear your thoughts!

  • Reply inspirationpie June 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, what a powerful, eye opening start! Thank you for sharing. Here is mine: Inspiration Pie
    Jo-Ann

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me June 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Very interesting snippet! 🙂

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