Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #52

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!


Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca

Published on: May 6th 2014 by Sky Pony

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Summary (from Goodreads): Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak-her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey-Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

Book Beginning: “As with many serious contagious illnesses, it wasn’t immediately apparent what we were dealing with. — Blue Flu interview, anonymous US government official.” (pg. 1)

Page 56: “‘Don’t worry,’ she said. ‘I have a plan.'” (pg. 56)

Thoughts: I love consuming any media revolving around pandemics and the spread of viruses. When I wandered through the library the other day and saw this title I had to pick it up. I am interested to know what this Blue Flu is and how it affects everyone!

What are you currently reading? Does this book sound interesting to you?


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6 Responses to Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #52

  1. Anne Bennett says:

    Is this book scaring you? I often wonder if a pandemic will be the end of humankind. My quotes from THE DUTCH HOUSE


  2. Breana M. says:

    Pandemic seems like an interesting story. Enjoy your current read!


  3. Oooh, the main character shares a name with my daughter! Different spelling, though. xD That’s exciting, because you don’t see that too often. I’m a real sucker for any pandemic/apocalyptic-level disease books, so I might have to check this one out! I hope you enjoy it.

    Here’s my Friday post.


  4. Literary Feline says:

    I love the sound of this! I find these types of stories so intriguing. I am adding Pandemic to my wish list. I hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful week.


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  6. It does sound good. Thanks for introducing me to it!


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