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Best Opening Lines in Young Adult Books, Round 2

I got such a great response to the first Best Opening Lines in YA post that I knew a round 2 was needed.

These are some of my recent favorite lines. Some stories just grab you right away!

Best Opening Lines in Young Adult Books, Round 2

best opening lines in young adult books


“I never set out to pose nude. I didn’t, honestly. But when the opportunity arose, I took it.” – A Mad, Wicked Folly

  • “In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.” – Graceling

    “The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightning, or win a Nobel Prize, or become the dictator of a small nation in the Pacific Islands, or contract terminal ear cancer or spontaneously combust. But if you consider all the unlikely things together, at least one of them will probably happen to each of us.” – Paper Towns

    “My mother thinks I’m dead. Obviously I’m not dead, but it’s safer for her to think so.” – Legend

    “Everyone thinks it was because of the snow. And in a way, I suppose that’s true.” – If I Stay

    “He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.” – The Maze Runner

    “He stopped trying to bring her back. She only came back when she felt like it, in dreams and lies and broken-down deja vu.” – Eleanor and Park

    “They called the world beyond the walls of the pod “the Death Shop.” A million ways to die out there. Aria never thought she’d get so close.” – Under the Never Sky

    “First the colors.
    Then the humans.
    That’s usually how I see things.
    Or at least, how I try.
    – – – Here is a small fact – – –
    You are going to die.” – The Book Thief

    “I was born with water on the brain. Okay so that’s not exactly true. I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull. But cerebral spine fluid is just the doctors’ fancy way of saying brain grease.” – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    “When it finally appeared in the distance, Finnikin wondered if it was some phantom half-imagined in this soulless kingdom at the end of the world.” – Finnikin of the Rock

    “I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves. They were licking me, biting me, worrying my body, pressing in.” – Shiver

    “I felt her fear before I heard her screams. Her nightmare pulsed into me, shaking me out of my own dream, which had had something to do with a beach and some hot guy rubbing suntan oil on me.” – Vampire Academy

    “She shouldn’t have been tempted. This is what Kestrel thought as she swept the sailors’ silver off the impromptu gaming table set up in the corner of the market.” – The Winner’s Curse

    Which of these opening lines are your favorites? Which ones did I miss?

  • About Lisa Parkin

    I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.