Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind- 10 Great (Opening) Lines in YA

Posted April 16, 2013 by chooseyabooks in toptentuesday / 3 Comments



Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish) is a rewind of any one, and after I see a fellow UK blogger choose her favourite opening lines for this week and I was reading the SCBWI litserv which was talking about opening lines and hooks, I thought I’d share ten of my favourite opening lines in YA (though a couple aren’t YA, just to warn you but general favourite openings).

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders- S E Hinton

“Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person and that party even though you could have.” The Perks Of Being A Wallflower-  Stephen Chbosky

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”  Feed- M T Anderson

“Everybody thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way I suppose that’s true.” If I Stay- Gayle Forman

“The first thing yer find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.” The Knife of Never Letting Go-Patrick Ness

“My sister Rose lives on the mantlepiece. Well some of her does.” My Sister Lives On the Mantlepiece- Annabel Pitcher

“Juliet, I know you’ve been waiting three months for this apology, but I have to start by saying that this isn’t an apology. I’m not sorry. I’m not.” Heart-Shaped Bruise- Tanya Byrne

“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted.” Jellicoe Road- Melina Marchetta

2 Non-YA openings I love

“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to realise the gravity of our situation.” The Secret History- Donna Tartt

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.” The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood


What did you choose to pick for your TTT today? What are your favourite opening lines, are there any you can’t believe I’ve missed? I’d love to hear what you think.


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3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind- 10 Great (Opening) Lines in YA

    • chooseyabooks

      Confession time, I may have only read the first chapter of Jellicoe Road 😉 I really need to go back and read it though because I adore Saving Francesca.

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