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The Monday Poll: Best Last Lines

the_endGood morning, Hub readers!

Last week, in honor of Presidents’ Day, we asked you to choose the YA lit character you’d vote into the White House. The results just go to show that smart girls rule: 28% of you would vote E. Lockhart’s Frankie Landau-Banks for president, and 26% chose Suzanne Collin’s Katniss Everdeen as their ideal presidential candidate. Good looks and charisma also count for something, as Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clare’s books came in third with 14% of your vote. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

This week, we’re revisiting a topic we polled you about a long, long time ago in the bygone days of 2011: the best last lines in YA fiction. Since this is an update of a previous poll, we’re sticking with books published after that poll was issued. Vote below, or leave your suggestions in the comments!

What's the best last line?

  • “Just three words long.” (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell) (35%, 60 Votes)
  • “I do, Augustus. I do.” (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green) (21%, 35 Votes)
  • “Honestly, I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.” (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews) (15%, 26 Votes)
  • “And I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.” (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins) (12%, 20 Votes)
  • “In my own voice, I sing! Of my self, I sing! Yawp!” (Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos) (6%, 11 Votes)
  • “It is always good to have a little more light when heading into such dark seas.” (The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova) (6%, 10 Votes)
  • “That was not a question I was prepared to answer.” (The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson) (5%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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Allison Tran

Past Member Manager for YALSA's The Hub. Passionate about information literacy, social media, and connecting readers with books they'll love.

One Comment

  1. Cassidy Cassidy

    I dunno, the last line of Laura Wiess’ “Such A Pretty Girl” leaves me breathless every time.

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