I’m a sucker for first lines.
There’s something so exciting about reading a first line that instantaneously transports you out of the real world and into one you’re going to be joining for a few hundred pages.
Someone asked me the other day if I had a favourite book (I answered him the way most book lovers would: “how can I choose just one?”).
But his question got me thinking about favourite things. And I quickly concluded that one of my favourite aspects of starting a new book is reading the first line. (Is that weird? Please tell me I’m not the only one that loves them?)
In celebration of this realisation, and first lines in general, here are 10 of my many, many favourites (in no particular order).
“My mother wore the sun like a hat.” – Jeff Zentner, The Serpent King
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told she would kill her true love.” – Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys.
“I was seventeen years old when I saw my first dead body.” – Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not
“There was a boy in her room.” – Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
“Gram is worried about me.” – Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere.
“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.” – John Green, Paper Towns
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
“What if Shakespeare had it wrong?” – Gayle Forman, Just One Day
“The early summer sky was the colour of cat vomit.” – Scott Westerfeld, Uglies
“The letter that would change everything, arrived on a Tuesday.” – Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry