Opening lines are so important. They pull the reader in and set the tone for what is going to come. I think this is a great idea for a display or even a competition. It is also an excellent way to get potential readers to pick up the books as they ask: ‘what comes next?’.
How many of these first lines do you recognise?
- “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
- “The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.”
- “One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.” Gone by Michael Grant
- “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
- “It is the first day of November and so, today someone will die”
- “XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.”
- ‘Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that’s true.’
- “Here is the boy, drowning.”
- “They took me in my nightgown.”
- ”It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”
The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater; Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson; Gone by Michael Grant; Uglies by Scott Westerfeld; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater; Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell; If I Stay by Gayle Forman; More Than This by Patrick Ness; Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys; The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath