First Paragraph: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Every Tuesday Vicki at I’d Rather Be At the Beach shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.

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Although this story features a young girl with very negligent parents, so many of my bookish friends gave this book very high praise. So I’m starting it this week. Here’s the beginning:


All the Ugly

March 1975

My mother always started the story by saying, “Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car,” as though that explained why Wavy wasn’t normal. It seemed to me that could happen to anybody. Maybe on the way to the hospital, your parents’ respectable, middle-class car broke own. That was not what happened to Wavy. She was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car, because Uncle Liam and Aunt Val were homeless, driving through Texas when their old beat-up va broke down. Nine months pregnant, Aunt Val hitchhiked to the next town for help. If you ever consider playing Good Samaritan to a pregnant woman, think about cleaning that up.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?

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5 Responses to First Paragraph: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  1. Kay says:

    ‘Think about cleaning that up’ indeed! Hope you enjoy it, Margot!

  2. Ti Reed says:

    I would definitely keep reading. I won a copy of this one! I better get to it soon.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I’d keep reading. It sounds good.

  4. Vicki says:

    “Think about cleaning that up”. Made me laugh!

  5. I really enjoyed this book…I hope you do, too. It definitely takes the reader to some dark places.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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