It's been said that a good beginning will sell your first book and a good ending will sell the next one. So what, exactly, makes for a good beginning?
For starters (ha), the Guardian recently compiled a list of the Best Opening Lines in Children's and Young Adult Fiction.
The team at my agency, New Leaf Literary, threw out a few of their favorite first lines this week, too.
As for me? I'd also add:
- "I am a coward." - CODE NAME VERITY
- "He'd stopped trying to bring her back." - ELEANOR & PARK
- "It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed." - SIMON VS.
- "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too." - THE SECRET GARDEN
- "The servants called them 'malenchki,' little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke's house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches." - SHADOW & BONE
Has a book ever caught you from the very first sentence? If so, tell me more....