First Line Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Hoarding Books where you post the first line of a book. This week I want to talk about a book that came out earlier this week, Break in Case of Emergency by Brian Francis.
I heard about this book when people started posting about it after the HCC Frenzy event. People seemed to be really excited about it, and the premise sounded like something I would enjoy. I pre-ordered it, and I’m hoping to dive into it after I finish my current read.
The First Line(s)
“The day I lost my mom, I turned left instead of right. If I had listened to her instructions, if I had turned right, she would still be here.”
“Dads can be such a drag
Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but endearing Trisha, at arms’ length, and recently ended her first relationship, with Trisha’s burnout brother, Mike. Convinced that she is destined to follow her mother’s path, Toby creates a plan to escape her pain.
But with the news that her father is coming home and finally wants to meet her, Toby must face the truth of her family’s story. Not only is her father gay, but he’s also a world-famous female impersonator—and a self-absorbed, temperamental man-child who is ill-prepared to be a real parent.
When Toby’s careful plans go awry, she is forced to rebuild the life she thought she knew from the ground up. While she may not follow an expected path, through the support of a quirky but lovable circle of friends and family, Toby may finally put together the many different pieces that make up her past, her present, and her future.”
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re interested in joining in on the First Line Friday fun, check out Hoarding Books for all of the details and to add your blog to the list!