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