Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.
I’m reading, actually listening to, Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. It’s an honorable mention winner in the 2012 Odyssey awards. I am thoroghly enjoying it.
I’m not lying.
He gave it to me. To me, Doup Swieteck. To me.
Joe Pepitone and Horace Clarke came all the way out on the Island to Camillo Junior High and I threw with them. Me and Danny Hupfer and Holling Hood-hood who were good guys. We all threw with Joe Repitone and Horace Clarke, and we batted too. They sahg to us while we swung away: “He’s a batta, he’s a batta-batta-batta, he’s a batta . . .” That was their song.
And afterward, Horace Clarke gave Danny his cap, and Joe Pepitone gave Holling his jacket (probably because he felt sorry for him on account of hois dumb name), and then Joe Pepitone handed me his cap. He reached out and took it of his head and handed it to me. Just like that. It was signed on the inside, so anyone could tell that it was really his. Joe Pepitone’s.
It was the only thing I ever owned that had’t belonged to some other Swieteci before me.
What do you think? Would you like to read more?