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Sometimes all it takes is a stellar opening line (or paragraph!) to get us hooked on a book; and so we’re bringing you twenty of our favorites.

 

1.) “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

 

2.) “Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

 

3.) “The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.” Paper Towns by John Green

 

4.) “Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.” Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

5.) “I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body–opening my eyes and discovering whether the ksin on my arm is light or dark, whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp.” Every Day by David Levithan

 

6.) “One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone.” Gone by Michael Grant

 

7.) “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

8.) “The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World. I’m sixteen now, so you can imagine that’s left me with quite a few days of major suckage.” Going Bovine by Libba Bray

 

9.) “The rain poured down on London so hard that it seemed that it was dancing spray, every raindrop contending with its fellows for supremacy in the air and waiting to splash down. It was a deluge.” Dodger by Terry Pratchett

 

10.) “It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.”It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

 

11.) “They called the world beyond the walls of the Pod ‘The Death Shop’. A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she’d get so close.”Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

 

12.) “All I did was ask a stupid question.” Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

 

13.) “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.” Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

 

14.) “The best time to cry is at night, when the lights are out and someone is being beaten up and screaming for help. That way even if you sniffle a little they won’t hear you. If anybody knows that you are crying, they’ll start talking about it and soon it’ll be your turn to get beat up when the lights go out.” Monster by Walter Dean Myers

 

15.) “The afternoon my parents died, I was out shoplifting with Irene Klauson.” –The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

 

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

 

17.) “There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair.” Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

18.) “Newborn #485GA18M died on June 30, 2076, at 6:07 in the morning. She was three days old. The average lifespan of a human child, in the time since the break, was fifty-six hours.” Partials by Dan Wells

 

19.) “The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

 

20.) “There once was a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.” Stardust by Neil Gaiman

 

 

What other first lines would you add to this list?