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When I was 11 I wrote a novel called “Evinus” in a 100 page notebook with a black and red cover I had sewn in family studies class. It was about a world divided into two and a princess who would rather wear a giant pilot’s hat and sneak across a forbidden wall, than dance at a ball with handsome male suitors. It had people that were half angel and devil, cat ladies, and evil adults. It was the first novel I ever started to write and it was completely terrible. But I loved it the way people love ugly hairless cats.
I’ve never been good at finishing things I write, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the first writing book I ever bought was all about writing beginnings. I read it religiously and to this date it remains the only writing book I have actually managed to finish. It taught be that’s there’s little value to a book without a good hook.
When you walk into a bookstore and browse the titles you may find yourself lifting a novel with an interesting cover because, let’s face it, everyone judges books by their covers. You might flip it over to the back, or maybe lift the inside flap on a hardcover and read a 150 word summary. In that moment, it doesn’t matter how many hours the author spent working on the manuscript, how many times they got rejected by publishers and literary agents, nor the time spent picking an eye-pleasing cover or font. All that matters is whether they can immediately draw your interest. If you get so far as to read the first page you’ll meet the true moment where a book can either make or break a sale.
The beginning of a book has always been the most important part to me. For an author it marks acceptance or rejection by literary agents, publishers, and readers. Regardless of how amazing or terrible a novel is, if nobody picks it up and reads it then it’s not worth much of anything is it? This blog is about books I’ve read and will provide reviews to give you insight beyond the hook. I love beginnings, but have never been very good at the rest so I’m being self-indulgent and posting hooks I’ve written myself.
I do read a great deal of young adult novels, but I also enjoy memoirs, social media, and general fiction novels.