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‘The Girls’ by Lori Lansens

As I turned to move, Ruby’s hand, the hand that lives on my neck and shoulder and is so much a part of me I imagine its pulse linked to my heart, not hers, suddenly lost its grip and, as had only ever happened when my sister was very sick, my balance shifted and the two of us nearly careened head-first into the sharp edge of Aunt Lovey and Uncle Stash’s stone.

Paperback edition page 138

Having learned that life wasn’t always fair, and even less so for a girl attached to her sister, I took some comfort in knowing that Frankie Foyle would be at summer school and that Ruby and I could worship him from our pushed-together desks at the back of the room. Ruby insisted Frankie was disgusting, but I knew, the way I knew everything about Ruby, that she was infatuated with him too.

Paperback edition page 142

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, you can find out more about the storyline and author by clicking on the cover image above.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story by visiting this page

Teaser Tuesday Button - A Daily Rhythm


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘A Daily Rhythm’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘A Daily Rhythm’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • I’m already drawn to this story as a result of your earlier entry, but it sounds even better based on these teasers. I really do look forward to your final review!

    I’ve begun The Lion Trees by Owen Thomas. The following is taken from 6% into the Kindle version.

    “There is really no variety of back-to-school shopping that can adequately prepare a high school teacher for malignantly incurious students. Walking into a classroom armed with a lesson plan is on the same order of futility as using a whip and chair to motivate a colony of phytoplankton.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have to admit that there have been some pretty mixed reviews about this book, with readers seeming to either love it, or hate it, with very few taking the middle ground.

      So far, I am in the former camp and enjoying every descriptive word about the twins and their everyday lives.
      Whilst I was quite drawn to the synopsis of ‘The Lion Trees’ and your featured teaser lines had me smiling, I’m not sure that at over 800 pages, I could cope with plowing my way through this one 🙂

      I was also a bit confused as to whether this story is in one or two parts, as Goodreads lists two books with different titles, both at over 800 pages and both with the same synopsis, although other sites including the author’s own, only feature a single volume ?

      Either way, I hope that you are enjoying it and stick with it until the end 🙂

      • The Lion Trees is a two volume story, both books weighing in at over 800 pages each! I only began volume one on Monday and am already 30% into the Kindle edition. Loving it so far!

        No danger of not sticking with it. Like you, I always finish a book. (or almost always…I’m sure there’s been an exception)

        • This would need to be an amazing story, to have me reading over 1600 pages, although to be fair, the ratings and reviews have so far been excellent!

          Happy Reading 🙂

  • Sounds like a read I’d enjoy, I particularly like that second teaser.

    She was the one wearing the scarlet read gown, not Blanche; she was the one with the largest ring in the gathering; she had the most exquisite headgear of all, with a stick and gloves to match; and she had the best smile of all. It hardly ever left her face during those five-long hours. She was with one of of the handsomest eligible bachelors, unlike Blanche’s portly old man, and she happened to like this one enough to keep him, forever if possible, all fingers crossed.
    – Page 285, The Governess by Noorilhuda.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The second teaser is indeed the precursor of what happens next and which forms the basis for the rest of the story, through to its conclusion … Maybe not quite what you would expect!
      It was only as I was checking out the synopsis for ‘The Governess’, that I realised that you had already read and reviewed Noorilhuda’s other book ‘Catharsis’. Apart from the errors and omissions which you alluded to, you also commented that you thought that crime writing might not be the best use of her talents. I wonder if, now that you are reading a book from such a different genre, you are still of the same opinion, or if you have decided that her writing style in general, just isn’t one for you?

      Thanks for sharing your intriguing teaser lines, it sounds as though there is a bit of competition going on between Blanche and the narrator 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      In some respects, ‘The Girls’ almost has a biographical style of writing, in its informative day-to-day life of the girls, in its slightly diarised format and that the story is told almost exclusively so far, through the eyes of the girls themselves.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  • I’m really interested to read your thoughts on this one Yvonne, it sounds so different and unique. That second teaser made me smile. It reminds me a bit of my sister a bit, when she refuses to admit something but I know it’s true lol.
    enjoy it.

    • Hi Naida,

      It seems as though Lori’s writing style is either one you like, or don’t, as the case may be. Personally, I am really enjoying ‘The Girls’ and I am keen to read more of her books, which have some equally intriguing premises.

      I have one of those faces which is unable to hide what I am really thinking, despite the words I may actually be saying. This has got me into trouble more times than I care to admit. After almost 37 years of marriage, hubbie and I know exactly what the other is thinking most of the time and we even find ourselves finishing off one anothers sentences occasionally 🙂

      Thanks for visiting, I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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