10 Great First Lines in YA Books


When I sat down to choose a book that fit our September theme, New Voyages, I starting thinking about how the start of every book is like the start of a new journey. I love how a really great first line or opening scene can set the tone for a book, and pull you in as soon as you read it. Instead of a book review, I decided to share ten of my favorite first lines from YA books:

  1. “Not every thirteen-year-old girl was accused of murder, put on trial, and proven guilty. But I was just such a girl.” THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE by Avi
  2. "I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree and at the exact moment I’m about to hear the answer that I’ve been waiting for, the flashlights yank me out of what could have been one of those perfect moments of clarity people talk about for the rest of their lives." ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
  3. "There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it." THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER by C.S. Lewis
  4. "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
  5. “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.” UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld
  6. "Those who can, do. Those who can't, deejay." REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly
  7. "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
  8. "I am dead, but it's not so bad." WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion
  9. “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.” DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
  10. “It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.” IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini
Do you have a favorite first line or opening scene? I'd love to hear it!