Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Beginning: Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



All those times me and Skip tried to kill his little brother, Donny, were just for fun.

-- Back Roads by Tawni O'Dell. This has been sitting on my TBR shelf since Oprah picked it for her Book Club back in 2000!

Good first line. It sets the mood by giving an idea of what the main character is like.


  1. I think there is going to be a not for fun time.

  2. I read this book a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've never actually read any of the "Oprah's Book Club" books - lol - I do like the beginning of this though.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    Another new to me author and book, but I loved the simple, yet so atmospheric opening line.

    I found myself not wanting to read the line in isolation though, so I checked out the full premise, so that I could see where those words might fit into the complete picture of the storyline.

    I have read only one book with anything like a similar premise and that one I found absolutely engrossing - so "Back Roads" is definitely heading for my TBR list.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF :)


  5. Seems okay. Thanks for mentioning the book. :-)

  6. I love that first line, it really sets the tone. I love that narrative voice, in that one line you get such a feel for the character.

  7. The first line gives the feeling of both immaturity and danger. Interesting way to set the tone. Hope you enjoy it.

  8. Whoa. I would definitely keep reading. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  9. Intense and scary...hope it is enjoyable.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  10. That's quite a first line! I definitely want to keep reading!


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