Thursday, February 9, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: NemeSIS by Susan Marshall

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.

I received an email from a publisher via NetGalley offering me some books to read/review. Little did I know that by clicking on the link in the email also added them to my shelf on NetGalley. Luckily I didn't click on all of them just a couple. This is one of those books. I kind of feel a little obligated to read it, so I hope that doesn't affect how much I enjoy the book. :/ 

     Dad has moved out and Mom has checked out, leaving the door wide open for the beautiful, erratic Rachel to torment her "loser, loner" younger sister, Nadine. With her family in full meltdown mode, Nadine is alone, trying to cope with Rachel’s increasingly unpredictable moods. Friendless, but determined to turn her life around, Nadine meets Anne, who introduces her to field hockey and to her hot twin brothers, Matt and Cameron. 
      As Nadine’s star begins to rise, however, Rachel plots to bring her back down, and the tension ratchets up when Rachel starts dating Matt just as Nadine is getting to know Cameron better. When Matt’s interest starts to fade, Rachel goes into overdrive. Is Nadine ready to risk it all in a final showdown with her sister?

Book Beginning:
It was lunch hour at Elgin High, and there I was hiding out in the library, again. The whole high school thing just wasn't working for me. While all the other kids were in the cafeteria or at the coffee shop or stuck in detention, I spent every lunch period alone. I pretend to study so I wouldn't have to eat by myself in public. The self-imposed sentence had been going on for over a year. It was the start of grade ten and basically, I was friendless.
Ok, I know I said I wasn't going to share thoughts, but this time I have something to say. I honestly see no problem with this. Kids at my high school hardly ate in the cafeteria. Perhaps it's that I don't require human interaction to sustain myself, but I would have liked not feeling like I had to sit with my friends. But also I am confused, why would they allow someone to bring food into the library?

My 56:
Coach Davis nodded stoically and we sat quietly for a minute. "I didn't want to say anything in front of Mei," she said, breaking the silence, "but I still can't figure out how Helen managed to take off a finger. I've been coaching this game for over ten years and I've never heard of such an injury, much less see it with my own eyes."
Holy shit. What kind of sociopaths are in this book? This book sounds like it's about bullying or something along those lines, but this sounds like it could be an assault.... and I really hope that it's not glossed over as a "kids will be kids" kind of thing.


  1. I think I have students who hide out in my library at lunch too. That breaks my heart.
    My Friday Quotes

  2. Yikes, I agree with you about the 56. I hope this one turns out okay.

  3. High school can be so difficult if you don't run with the herd. This sounds like a good story with interesting characters.
    My Friday post features An Innocent Client.

  4. I didn't enjoy eating in public even when I was a young woman. Took some work to get past it. And my son doesn't either. He ate alone as his best friend didn't have the same lunch period.

    MY Friday 56 from The Ashes

  5. I love the cover and the snippets, especially the 56, have left me curious for more! Happy weekend!

  6. I love the cover but your thoughts have made me very curious about what's going on.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. I was wondering about the food in the library thing too reading the lines. I hope it turns out a good read!
    My Friday 56 features Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

  8. I hope you are enjoying your book.

    I don't know this author. Cool cover.

    Great first line...I hope you are enjoying the book.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings