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The Monday Poll: Fascinating First Lines

2013 November 18
by Allison Tran
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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.

Which book's first lines make you want to keep reading?

  • “I said a silent prayer. Actually, silent is probably the only type of prayer a guy should attempt when his head’s in a toilet.” (Winger by Andrew Smith) (20%, 38 Votes)
  • “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’s been told she would kill her true love.” (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater) (16%, 32 Votes)
  • “I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged. Now, if you please. I don’t mean to be difficult, but I can’t bear to tell my story.” (Chime by Frannie Billingsley) (15%, 30 Votes)
  • “I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.” (Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein) (12%, 23 Votes)
  • “I cracked my first lock when I was three. I know that sounds like I’m bragging, but really, it wasn’t that hard.” (Also Known As by Robin Benway) (10%, 20 Votes)
  • “I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am.” (Every Day by David Levithan) (10%, 19 Votes)
  • “I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs) (7%, 14 Votes)
  • “In which I enter an alternative universe where burly men read Cosmo and giant house cats roam sacred corridors.” (The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael Beil) (5%, 10 Votes)
  • “There’s a beautiful girl to my left, another to my right.” (Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick) (3%, 5 Votes)
  • “Every town in England has a story. One day I am going to find out Sorry-in-the-Vale’s.” (Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan) (2%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 194

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4 Responses
  1. November 18, 2013

    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 permalink*
      November 18, 2013

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

  2. Jenn permalink
    November 18, 2013

    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. November 18, 2013

    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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