Last week I did a variation on Teaser Tuesday using the first lines of some popular YA novels. It was so much fun I thought I'd do it again this week-- starting with suggestions I got in the comments. Feel free to leave me more suggestions!
Cory said: "Don't forget Austen and Pride and Prejudice. Best. First. Line. Ever."
And now I have to hide from her, because I don't have a single Austen title on my shelf. I read it though! A long time ago! I swear! But I looked it up:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
I... I don't know what to say to that. But I might read on, if for no other reason than to argue with the author. (Full disclosure: I wasn't an Austen fan in high school and haven't tried again since. Also, if I disappear, check Cory's closet. Just saying.)
Emilia said: "My favorite first line ever: "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit." Scott Westerfield, Uglies :D"
That one I haven't read-- but now I might have to pick it up. See? First lines can work.
Okay, what else is on my desk...
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
"When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold."
This book is insanely popular, but I will admit-- it took me until the sequel to really get into it. This line almost lost me in two ways: One, because it's first person present, which I generally hate;* two, because waking up alone just isn't that interesting. But the short intro paragraph ends with the line, "This is the day of the reaping." The what now? Cha-ching. I read on.
*The difference between this book's 1st PP and others? This one is well done enough that after a page, I forgot I hate it.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
"My mother used to tell me about the ocean."
WTH doesn't she know about the ocean? Also, this cover rocks. I'm hooked.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
"So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee."
LOVE. I'm a sucker for awesome imagery. Also, this cover is bad ass.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
"It was a dark and stormy night."
Oh, Madeleine L'Engle. How your first line has been lambasted. (I may never get the chance to use that word on this blog again, so please forgive me for taking the opportunity.) It's actually the chapter title that grabs my attention: "Mrs. Whatsit." Mrs. Who? Oh no, that's chapter two. I'm in.
A few not so YA titles...
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie."
A lot of people love this line, but it's the second line that grabs me: "I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973." (Psst... want to win a copy of this book? Enter the contest here. You should have lots of first lines to choose from...)
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
"We slept in what had once been the gymnasium."
I love when first lines give a little information and make you wonder about a lot more. Why isn't it a gym anymore? Why are they sleeping there? I keep reading to find that "Aunt Sara and Aunt Elizabeth patrolled; they had electric cattle prods..." Wait, what?!? Like most families, we have our days, but my aunts sure as hell never tased me. I'm reading on.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
"When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake-- not a very big one."
I have no snake phobia to deter me from reading on, so although I don't care about the culinary habits of swine, I'll give it a chance. The second paragraph begins, "'You pigs git,' Augustus said, kicking the shoat," and I'll admit-- I think, "He talks like me. I'm in love." Okay, maybe not exactly. But without quoting the entire first page, I like the slow, easy Texas afternoon that McMurtry creates. It rings true and that bodes well for the rest of the story.
And finally, a non-fiction title: Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss
"Either this will ring bells for you, or it won't."
Okay, I'll bite. Does it? "A printed banner has apeared on the concourse of a petrol station near to where I live. 'Come inside,' it says, 'for CD's, VIDEO'S, DVD'S, and BOOK'S.'"
Aughhhh! Head explodes. Bells rung. Reading on. Prepare yourselves to hear a lot more about this book in the near future.