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The Monday Poll: Fascinating First Lines

Great first lines - image created by Allison Tran for The Hub under Creative Commons licenseGood morning, Hub readers!

Last week, we wanted to know which version of the afterlife you would want to experience, as depicted in YA lit. Lots of readers must like the idea of aging backwards, because the clear preference was the afterlife described in Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, with  70% of the vote. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted and commented!

This week, we’re asking you to choose the first lines of a book that make you want to keep reading. We’ve picked out some compelling choices for you, so vote in the poll below, and please comment if we’ve missed your favorite first lines.

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  1. Amy Amy

    My most favorite one, recently, was from Gina Damico’s Scorch, “Lex wondered, for a fleeting moment, what her principal’s head might look like if it were stabbed atop a giant wooden spear.”

    • Allison Tran Allison Tran

      Thank you for commenting to add that line- it would definitely make me keep reading!

  2. Jenn Jenn

    The first line of Maggie Stiefvater’s “The Scorpio Races” is: “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” I had to keep reading after that!

  3. My favorite first line is from Feed by M.T. Anderson: “We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”

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