First Lines Friday #5

Hi Guys!

Happy Friday, it’s also my flatmates birthday so happy birthday to her! I just moved back up to uni after Christmas break and I am currently drowning in bags to unpack but I’m not in the mood to tackle that yet, so I’m going to write this post instead! I’ve done this many times at this point. I had seen it on Sepia Reads Blog (who I love and you definitely should check out!) but I believe it was originally started by Wandering Worlds.

What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

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

Everything I knew about love as a teenager:
Romantic love is the most important and exciting thing in the entire world.
If you don’t have it when you’re a proper grown-up then you have failed, just like so many of my art teachers that I have noted are ‘Miss’ instead of ‘Mrs’ and have frizzy hair and ethnic jewellery.
It’s important to have a lot of sex with a lot of people but probably no more than ten.
When I am a single woman in London I will be extremely elegant and slim and only wear black dresses and drink martinis and only meet men at book launches and at exhibition openings.
The mark of true love is when two boys get in a physical fight over you. The sweet spot is drawn blood but no-one having to go to hospital. One day this will happen to me, if I’m lucky.


Would you guys read this book? Different to other books I’ve done for First Lines Friday. The second I picked up this book and opened to the first page this grabbed me. I’ve never talked about this book on my blog before which is also different from the first lines Fridays I’ve done in the past. I want to hear what you thought of this opening line down below!


So this book is Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton! I’ve not red this book yet. It’s non-fiction which is an interesting change of pace for me. I picked it up for my friend Anna’s birthday last year and cheekily read the first few pages as a guide to whether she like it and I loved it. So I bought it for her, when I saw it on Amazon the other day I grabbed it for myself. Here is the blurb:

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough. Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.
A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heart-breaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way

So would you read this book? I know its kind of different from anything I’ve put on the blog before but I just found the opening few lines so relatable and funny that I had to share it, I plan on reading it as soon as possible – even if that means going against my monthly TBR. Anyway, that’s all from me for this week. See you again on Monday 🙂

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