Every Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where you can share the first paragraph, or a few, of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!
Today I am spotlighting Ana of California by Andi Teran
A modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables
In the grand tradition of Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Andi Teran’s captivating debut novel offers a contemporary twist on a beloved classic. Fifteen-year-old orphan Ana Cortez has just blown her last chance with a foster family. It’s a group home next—unless she agrees to leave East Los Angeles for a farm trainee program in Northern California.
When she first arrives, Ana can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush, and Emmett Garber is skeptical that this slight city girl can be any help on his farm. His sister Abbie, however, thinks Ana might be just what they need. Ana comes to love Garber Farm, and even Emmett has to admit that her hard work is an asset. But when she inadvertently stirs up trouble in town, Ana is afraid she might have ruined her last chance at finding a place to belong.
She was out of beginnings, this she knew.
Ana ran her hands through her knotted hair, wondering when she'd last washed it. She'd been up for more than twenty-four hours, and there was still ketchup on her shirt.
"This is the fifth home you've been expelled from in the last ten years."
"To be fair, it was only four. I was at the Mitchell house twice."
"Well, this time it's ... a situation."
"No, it doesn't," Abbie said. "But life isn't fair, and you can't choose who you're born to. It's all beyond our control, I'm afraid. There's power in how we react to our situations, though."
So...what do you think? Is this one you would pick up? Leave a comment below!