Thursday, August 11, 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader 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.

This is a re-read. What I like about re-reading books in this genre is that I can mostly skim the book. Contemporary is nice like that.

     Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.
     Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.
     Except Tatum.
     I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.
     So I hurt her. I pushed her away.
     But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.
     But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.
     Now, when I push, she pushes back.
***This novel contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

 Sidenote, I really hate the covers for Contemporary Romance, they are always weird like this.

Book Beginning:
   My name is Jared.
My name is Jared.
My name is Jared.
     I kept repeating it over and over again, trying to get my heart to stop beating so fast. I wanted to go and meet our new neighbors, but I was nervous.
     There was a kid living next door now -- probably ten years old like me-- and I smiled when I saw she wore baseball caps and Chucks. Other girls in my neighborhood didn't dress like that, and she was pretty, too.
     This is a great way to introduce this character. In the first book, which is written from the girl's POV, you meet him when he's already a douche. I like that his book starts out when he was younger before the event that changed him into an ass.

My 56:
It was a text from Tate's dad.
 Change of plans. Tate's home. On her own until Christmas. Give her back the house key, and be nice. Or else.
   I narrowed my eyes, rereading the text over and over again.
I don't even think I breathed.
She was alone? Until Christmas?
I closed my eyes, and let out a laugh. 
And all of a sudden I was as thrilled as hell to wake up tomorrow.
There weren't very many good options for a 56 for this book. So I went with this one.


  1. Sounds like a sweet beginning. Glad you like the book.

  2. Sounds like an okay read. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :-)

  3. Hmm, now I am definitely intrigued. Especially since it's a reread, which must mean it's engaging.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE TRUTH-TELLER’S LIE”

  4. Not a lot of books in the world I would be willing to re-read.... they have to be epic. Happy weekend!

  5. I like the book's beginning. It makes him sound like a nervous kid, rehearsing his opening line over and over. I'd keep reading to find out more about him. The 56 makes me wonder what he's up to. Doesn't sound good.
    My Friday post features THE REAL MOTHER.

  6. Sounds like a relatable story that hopefully has a favorable ending. Enjoy!

  7. I also hate covers like that for contemporary romances! Quite unnecessary. Wouldn't make me want to take it on public transport to read. I really like the 56 snippet. May have to add it to my TBR.

    Here's mine - Bad Romeo