First Lines Fridays #119

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!

“Once upon a time …” a plump ten-year-old Cindy with golden hair pulled into a bumpy ponytail and cheeks flush with warmth said quietly to herself as she waited on the front porch, her chin resting on her kneecap with a poop emoji Band-Aid stretched across an especially nasty scab. “A girl waited for her Prince Charming carrying the most precious cargo, hoping that if he showed up late, it would at least be late enough that her pizza would be free thanks to Marco’s Speedy Delivery Guarantee.”


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If the Show Fits by Julie Murphy

If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be, #1)I actually just finished this story yesterday, and I have to say I had the best time reading it. This was such a fun and fresh Cinderella retelling and Julie Murphy brought great humor to Cindy’s story. 

Goodreads Synopsis: After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration-and love-in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.

Make sure to keep an eye out for If the Show Fits by Julie Murphy! It’s out August 3rd, but take my world for it – you should pre-order your copy today!



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