“I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.” (I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith). I wanted to try something a little different and highlight the books currently nominated for the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults so I decided to compile a list of all the first lines from all the nominees – as of August 3, 2011 – and ask you to pick your favorite.
It was harder than I’d originally thought because many of the books are still in galley form and not due out until the fall and, as many books as I have, I still didn’t have more than 1/4 of them! Thank God for Amazon and it’s “search inside the book” feature. I was able to find many first lines there for books I don’t have.
Out of the entire list, I was only unable to get the first lines from 3 titles: Philip Reeve’s Web of Air, Leila Sales’s Past Perfect and Beth Bernobich’s Fox & Phoenix. I hope someone has them and can let me know what they are!
http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cXjTeh3yx – First one
http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cXjOcF3A5 – Second one
(Just click on the link to see the screencast with the list and hear the audio; if you hit control & click on the link, you’ll only get the audio)
I’ve revealed my favorite line from one of the books at the end of the 2nd screencast.
What’s your favorite line from these books? I’d love to know and I hope that this will make you want to read the rest of the book!
Sharon Rawlins, currently reading Bump by Megan McCafferty
(My favorite line is from Chime by Franny Billingsley, “I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged.”)
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