Five of the Best Opening Lines in Teen Fiction

Posted by: RachaelC | Posted on: Apr 19 2016

First lines are powerful; good ones pull readers into new worlds. Here are five great opening lines in teen novels:

Best “Description of a morning sky:"

"The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit."

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Best “I can relate” line:

"It's the first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache."

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Best “If pets could talk” lines:

"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say. About anything. 'Need a poo, Todd.' 'Shut up, Manchee.' 'Poo. Poo, Todd.'”

-The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Best “Would you rather?” line:

“Would you rather walk barefoot across a mile of Legos or get a tattoo on the inside of your eyelid?”

-Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Best “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry” lines:

“The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World. I’m sixteen now, so you can imagine that’s left me with quite a few days of major suckage.”

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Bonus: Best “I can recite this from memory” line:

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling