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First Line Friday 56

First Line Fridays is hosted over at Hoarding Books where you give the first line of a book. Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda’s Voice where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) and choose a passage to share. The same book is used for both, with the cover and synopsis at the bottom of the page.

First Line

Quint Erickson is late.

Page 56

As I make my way between the tables, I’m startled to see that my lab table isn’t empty. Quint is already there. Early. Earlier than me.

I freeze. I honestly hadn’t expected Quint to be here today at all, even if he had mentioned it last night. Being the last day before summer vacation, I’d assumed he’d be MIA, along with half the sophomore class and nearly all the juniors and seniors.

But there he is, flipping through a three-ring binder full of clear sheet protectors. It’s he report he turned in yesterday. Our report.

What’s the book?





Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer


Chronic overachiever Prudence Barnett is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

Have you already read this? Would you read this based on the first line? What impression does it give you of the book?

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