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‘The Girls’ by Lori Lansens

I have never looked into my sister’s eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I’ve never used an airplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that. I’ve never driven a car. Or slept through the night. Never a private talk. Or solo walk. I’ve never climbed a tree. Or faded into a crowd. So many things I’ve never done, but oh, how I’ve been loved. And, if such things were to be, I’d live a thousand lives as me, to be loved so exponentially

By checking out the full premise for this one (just click on the book’s cover image to go straight to the Amazon link) and reading a few of the many reviews, the first lines from ‘The Girls’ will soon reveal their intriguing secret. This might be a book I wish I had never started, however the lyrical quality of the opening passage has so captured my imagination, that I can do nothing but read on and embrace the story!


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  • I’ve seen this book somewhere and it looks fascinating! (I searched your blog, but wasn’t reading here when you featured it before, so I’m not sure where I saw it) Conjoined twins are an interesting subject and I remember reading the biography of Chang and Eng Bunker years ago (the original “Siamese Twins”). I’ll be anxious to get your full take on this when you’ve finished it.

    I’m squeezing in one more book before the end of the year: The Revenge of Anguished English by Richard Lederer .

    “Children are so alive to the possibilities of language and see words and phrases and life itself in startling, fresh ways. A quadriplegic friend of mine tells the story of a time that a little girl saw him coming down a hallway in his wheelchair and exclaimed, “Look, Mommy. There’s a man with round feet!” Mother blushed crimson with embarrassment and tried to silence her daughter. But my friend was not at all offended – rather, he was delighted by the girl’s linguistic imagination.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I first came across this book when I first began blogging and my posts were very amateurish and incomplete. I have been working my way through some of them, tidying them up, catching up on books I have featured but have yet to read, so that I can add reviews to my Amazon. Netgalley and Goodreads accounts. Hubbie has been threatening to update my WordPress theme again, but I am hoping that the basic format and headings will remain the same 🙂

      Lori has chosen to tackle a very difficult and emotional issue, so I am hoping that the writing is true and the storyline authentic. – This is one storyline which needs to have been researched in great detail and told sympathetically.

      I do love the sound of that opening passage, it held my attention immediately
      I might have known that you would try to fit in just one more book 🙂

      This is one of those books that you can dip in and out of and which are great to leave around when you have guests, as they can start some great conversations and debates. I do dislike bad punctuation, spelling and grammar, however I know that there are plenty of times when I have put the comma in the wrong place, or written down the words in completely the wrong order.

      I probably wouldn’t pay full price for this kind of book, however I will always look out for them being donated into the charity shop, especially if I spot a couple of good quotes I think I can use in a meme, somewhere along the line.

      I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas Day and thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

      • I have two titles in the “Anguished English” series by Richard Lederer, both gifts from a language loving friend. This turned out to be just the right time to pull them off the shelf and enjoy. 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I found those opening lines to be very moving and emotional and think I still would have done, without the advantage of having read the synopsis first (Do check it out if you get the chance)

      I am hoping that the same lyrical quality of writing, which has so captured my imagination in those first few lines, carries right through to the book’s ending.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas Day. Here in the UK, we are celebrating ‘Boxing Day’ today … Also known as ‘St. Stephens Day’, this is now traditionally a day of sport and in more recent years, shopping in the sales!



        • I hope to get a bit of time this year to check out sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and possibly even Facebook (although that will probably only be a business page for Fiction Books).

          Boxing day was quite relaxing, just the two of us and our own Christmas roast dinner, cooked at home 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      The premise and these opening lines together, would surely keep the most sceptical of readers glued to the pages to find out what happens next.

      Thanks for the good wishes, which are of course reciprocated to yourself and all your family. This week has been so manic and tiring, that to be honest, I shall be pleased when the New Year celebrations are over and I can get back into some kind of routine 🙂

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