Welcome to Book Beginnings and the Friday 56, two memes where we share clips from books: one from the beginning and another on Page 56 or 56% on the e-reader. This is a fun way to try out a book before reading. This week I have Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive that many bloggers were reading a couple of months ago and I won through Goodreads First Reads.
I inspected the knife in my hands. “That’s the Shun. Feel how light it is compared to the Wusthof?” I pricked a finger on the blade’s witchy chin, testing. The handle was supposed to be moisture resistant, but it was quickly going humid in my hand. [I wonder if the sweaty hand is from nerves or excitement over the purchase of a knife. Why is it necessary to buy a special knife? Is it a chef’s knife? Maybe a hunting or fish-gutting tool? Or is she a knife collector in general?]
Freda’s Voice hosts the Friday 56.
I had the opportunity to see firsthand what raging hypocrites nuns and priests could be. Preaching about kindness and acceptance and showing none of it. I’ll never forget how my second grade teacher, Sister Kelly, warned the class not to speak to Megan McNally for the rest of the day because she’d wet her pants. Megan just sat at her desk, in a pool of her own rotten-tooth-yellow urine, hot tears of humiliation curling down her droopy red cheeks. I came to the conclusion that if a woman of the cloth could be so sure she was going to heaven despite being such a massive asshole, God must be more lenient than I’d been led to believe. What was a little impurity of the mind and body? [It seems our narrator is contemplating some impurity of the mind and body, maybe sex or drugs, or even just not sticking to a vegan diet. We’ll see. This is a vivid image of the devastated little girl and how it stuck with the narrator for many years. I hope other scenes invoke such a strong picture.]
Luckiest Girl Alive has been compared to Gone Girl and described as shocking and wickedly well-plotted. From that, I am expecting a heroine who is not particular sympathetic. Also, if these blurbs are from the same narrator, I think we’re looking at a pretty tough girl who attended Catholic school. If you’ve read it, don’t tell me! I just started.