Misc. Memes

Book Beginnings: Little Wrecks

June 16, 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, 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.

29523664.jpgThis 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!

Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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  • Reply bevbou June 16, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Ooh, I’m so glad you shared this, it looks great. Thanks. Today I;me reading The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert.

  • Reply romiewedeservelove June 16, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Well, I personally have heard a lot of good things about this one, but I have to admit : I don’t like this first sentence. At all. Like if I had seen this book at the bookstore and read the first sentence, I wouldn’t have picked it up ^^

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Ooh why is that? I’m not disagreeing with you – I’m not sure what I would’ve thought of it if I’d picked it up in a bookstore lmao. I’m just curious!

  • Reply sydneysshelves June 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This book seems interesting and I’ve heard good things. I look forward to reading it.

  • Reply Laurel-Rain Snow June 16, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Those opening lines sure got my attention! Plus, I’m always up for a book about characters looking beneath the exterior…and finding the imperfections. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “YOU’LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR”

  • Reply Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library June 16, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Very strange beginning though it does make me wonder what’s going on! I don’t think I’d be smiling if I was regularly having to fish dead or struggling frogs out of my pool!

  • Reply inspirationpie June 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Oh wow…this does look good! Love those opening lines.
    Here’s my Friday Post Inspiration Pie

  • Reply Literary Feline June 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    That is a strange beginning, sad really. This sounds like an interesting book. I hope you have a great weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries June 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Yes, I got kind of a sad vibe from it, too. So far, it’s interesting! Thanks, you too!

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me June 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

    This sounds like it could be good. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Lauren @ Always Me

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