First Chapter First Paragraph: Okay For Now

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.

Joe Pepitone once gave me his New York Yankees baseball cap.

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?

About Margot

I'm also known as Joyfully Retired. I love to talk. I love to talk about books I've read, movies I've seen, places I've traveled to, people (especially my children and grandchildren), and Food. On the Quirky Girls Read blog I'm trying to read all the books that have won the major awards and then, of course, talk about them.
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4 Responses to First Chapter First Paragraph: Okay For Now

  1. I like the narrative voice…I probably would read more, even though I don’t normally like sports-related books. It sounds like a lot more than that, though.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. stacijoreads says:

    I would keep reading this one. I’ve read a lot of great reviews of it, plus it’s on my middle school shelves so I should read it!! 😀

  3. Paulita says:

    I’m just confused by all the names in that first paragraph. I probably wouldn’t keep reading.

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