Best Opening Lines in YA Literature


YA authors are a talented bunch, and that much is pretty well known. But people often seem to pass over some really good first lines in favor of quotes in the middle or end of the books, and that to me is sad. THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD OPENING LINES.

Now let us celebrate them (Christmas Eve too, I guess).

It is the first of November, and so, today, someone will die.- From The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told she’d kill her true love. -From The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the queen of everything (that much you know already), but she is mostly the queen of opening sentences that speak of fun things like death and murder in her novels.

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.- From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Aliens are stupid.-From The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

This very clearly shows you Cassie’s personality in three words; both her dark sort of humor and her sarcasm.

When I was twelve, I broke my leg jumping off the wall between Canada and Germany.- From All Fall Down by Ally Carter

They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod “the Death Shop.”- From Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.- From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This one has to be added to every single best opening line list ever. Remember how I said Maggie Stiefvater is the queen? Well, I take that back. J. K. Rowling is the queen. Maggie Stiefvater is the Empresses or something.

It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.- From Delirium by Lauren Oliver

My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for seven years.- From Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.- From Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I get that that was technically TWO sentences, but I’m going to ignore that and hope you will too.

I’ve been collecting bugs since I was ten; it’s the only way I can stop their whispers.- From Splintered by A. G. Howard

Now, there are tons more, but these are the ones that I really remember hooking me and pulling me in. They made me go I NEED MORE BOOK NOW PLEASE. Books with boring first lines tend not to hook me in the same way. I don’t know why.

So, bloglings! What are some of your favorite opening lines? Do you have any spectacular Christmas Eve plans (mine consist of traveling and buying some of that ginger ale I like before the store closes. Extremely exciting, I know)? And, most importantly, did you get anyone in your family books for Christmas (I did! My cousin is getting a copy of Winter once she gets home from London). Also, the giveaway has about twelve hours left on it, so if you want to enter, do it before midnight tonight, Pacific Standard Time.

Happy Thursday,




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