First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Emaan, 18, narrates her story, as she pleads for justice. The audio file she sent us has been transcribed in order to keep people from hearing her voice and thus possibly exposing her identity could put her in grave danger.
The transcript is narrated by Emaan, and two of her best friend’s, Umamah and Laila.
Continue to find out which book this extract is from…
The story is based on true events. It’s meant to be a tribute to my best friend.
It touches several issues. At some point, all of us have confronted either one of them: complicated family relationships, sexual violence, organised crime, terminal diseases, and mental health. Its meant for everyone struggling with either of these issues, to give you hope. I say you because this book is about a girl, who’s only eighteen years old. But its been written, for You.
Bleed, Breathe, Sing by Komal Salman is a short novella that follows the journey of three friends. One of the friends gets abducted. It’s an orchestrated kidnap by her stepmother. The story follows the journey of her kidnap, attempted escape, and then rescue. The story is said to end on a very hopeful note.
Trigger Warning: Rape
Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!