Friday Fives: The BEST First Lines

Reading Song of the Day: “Where the Lines Overlap” by Paramore

It’s Friday! That means two things:

1.) It’s exactly one week until SCBWI in LA! Woo hoo!!!

2.) It’s time for Friday Fives with the Paper Hangover gang 🙂

This week’s topic:
What are your FIVE favorite first lines?

We’ve answered this before for the lovely YA Highway ladies, so some of our answers may seem familiar. Hey, we don’t mind showing love to some great opening lines more than once!

Without further delay, here are our favorite first lines:


1.) “When I was little, my dad used to tell me, ‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.'”-Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Greene and David Levithan

The line sets the tone for the book. You know it’ll be a slightly humorous tale about friendship. And this intro just pops with voice.

2.) “Imagine four years. Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies (one abortion), three overdoses, countless drunken antics, pantsings…But everything you do here counts. High School.”-Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
Whoa! The conciseness, the listing…these brief images pretty much paints exactly what kind of school the narrator attends.

3.) “I was born with a light covering of fur. After three days it had all fallen off, but the damage was done.”-Liar by Justine Larbalestier

It’s a simple first line that doesn’t seem to make sense, but once you read the whole book it’ll mean so much more.

4.) Daddy said, “Let Mom go first.”- Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Go first? For what? When we read the first chapter preview months before the book’s release, we just knew we had to know more about this adventure.

5.) “They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”-Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Right away we know what to expect–the narrator has died. BUT, after reading that first line, we were dying to find out exactly how it happened for her.

Bam! There ya have it! So, what are some of your fave first lines???
ANNOUNCEMENTS!


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12 thoughts on “Friday Fives: The BEST First Lines

  1. Great choices! I love the one from CRACKED UP TO BE… I plan to read that book this month, and the first line has already hooked me!

  2. These are all awesome first lines – great list!I love #1 & #2 – even though I have yet to read #2, this definitely makes me want to read it now!.Happy Friday – and have a great weekend Ladies!

  3. That first line from CRACKED UP TO BE is one of my favorite too. Also, the whole opening scene from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE keeps you rooted b/c of that first line.

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