Opening lines – which YA book?


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?

  1. “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
  2. “The list arrived after Sloane had been gone two weeks.”
  3. “One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.” Gone by Michael Grant
  4. “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
  5. “It is the first day of November and so, today someone will die”
  6. “XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.”
  7. ‘Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that’s true.’
  8. “Here is the boy, drowning.”
  9. “They took me in my nightgown.”
  10. ”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

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