Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books; August 4, 2015). These are the opening lines from the book's Prologue:
When she was eight years old, Bridget Barsamian woke up in a hospital, where a doctor told her she shouldn't be alive. It's possible that he was complimenting her heart's determination to keep pumping when half her blood was still uptown on 114th Street, but more likely he was scolding her for roller-skating into traffic the way she had.Initial Thoughts:
OK, my first thought was: Why in the world would she be roller-skating into traffic? Shouldn't an 8-year-old know better? The other thought that comes to me is that I used to LOVE roller-skating. Am I too old for it now? Would I risk hip-replacement just to roll around the rink a few times? Hmmm.
But I digress.
I've heard a lot about this one, so I'm looking forward to getting to it in a few days (if things go the way I'm hoping they will). Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me won the Newbery Medal in 2010 -- I haven't read that one either, but it's definitely on my TBR list. Right there, with all the four or five thousand other to-be-read volumes.
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.