First Lines Fridays #26

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!


There was no empirical evidence that the Lieutenant wasn’t a robot.

And, really, if the government was going to pick a family to test run a cybernetic human, why wouldn’t they pick the Lawrences?

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Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Not Now, Not EverAs soon as I saw they this book was inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest I was sold. The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my favorite plays I read from school (You can check out a list of my other favorite school read here!). It’s funny, smart, and engaging, and Oscar Wilde is always a plus.

I think it’s awesome that the main character, Elliot Gabaroch, loves science fiction writing – and you can clearly see that in the first lines! And I’ve fallen more in love with scifi over the past year, so I think I’ll relate. Especially if we get the quick wit that is in the play!

Goodreads synopsisElliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.

1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?

This summer’s going to be great.

Are you excited for Not Now, Not Ever? Have you read The Importance of Being Earnest? What’s your favorite Oscar Wilde quote? Share below!


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