Hi everyone! First Line Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. As someone who rarely judges books by their covers but who loooooves choosing their next book by reading the first lines, of course I want to join!
So… Let’s go! Read the first lines below and try to guess what book it is!
“There’s something awful about the sun. It rockets up from the horizon like a hot air balloon.
One minute, you’re looking at the shy, glowing silver of it. The next, it’s glaring down at you like the wrath of God.
Sometimes, if you spend too many nights staring at the clock, it gets hard to tell what’s real and when you’re only anthropomorphizing.”
Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.
Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.
But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.
Why this book?
It’s rare that it happens, but sometimes a book mesmerizes me and I fall in love without knowing why, exactly. This is one of those books. When I read it in 2018, I didn’t expect to love it : most of my friends didn’t like it, some didn’t finish it, and yet. And yet it carved a place into my heart and never let go. Places No One Knows doesn’t shine with its plot, parts of it are never explained, yet it appealed to me in that disquieting, heartbreaking way that I can never resist. Even my “review” on Goodreads doesn’t make sense, lol. I shall reread it someday.
Content Warnings (that I remember) : alcohol/drug use