First Lines Fridays #57

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!


This was senior year
Someone had written WHORE
in bright orange lipstick,
on my locker.

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500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario

500 Words or LessI didn’t know this was going to be a novel told in verse , so that was a nice surprise beause I have yet to find one I don’t like. I thought that 500 WORDS OR LESS sounded like a nice self discovery story, that will have a lot of personal reflection (which should fit the format perfectly.)

Goodreads Synopsis: Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.

But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore.

Are you excited for 500 WPRDS OR LESS? Is it on your TBR? What’s your favorite novel told in verse? Share below!


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