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Great First Lines to Start the New Year

Did you ever crack open a book for the first time, and read a first line that was so amazing you just HAD to devour the entire book immediately? It happens to us all the time, which is why we’ve teamed up with Barnes & Noble to showcase a selection of YA books with some of our favorite first lines – and you can check them out now at B&N stores nationwide!

Head to Barnes & Noble, look for the “Great First Lines” promotion (or ask a bookseller so you can B-line straight there) and start browsing! So many intriguing openings! So many mysterious sentences! So much promise of an entire book of greatness – held in one tiny line!

As a sneak peek of what’s in store for you at Barnes and Noble (get it!?!), check out just a few of the featured first lines below.

“On very still nights sometimes we can hear them chanting, calling for us to die.” –– Replica by Lauren Oliver

Great First Lines in YA to Start the New Year - Replica by Lauren Oliver

 

“All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song.” –– Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Great First Lines in YA to Start the New Year - Dumplin by Julie Murphy

 

“I was raised to marry a monster.” –– Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Great First Lines in YA to Start the New Year - Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 

“The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?” –– Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Great First Lines in YA to Start the New Year - Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

 

“Stealing a spaceship shouldn’t be this easy.” –– Avalon by Mindy Arnett

We can’t decide which one is our favorite. Go check them all out at a Barnes and Noble near you now through February 13, and let us know what you think!


What are some of your favorite first lines? Tell us in the comments below! 

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