Young adult books often have some of the best opening lines, probably because their audience is likely to drop it and look for something else if they aren’t interested right away. Here are some of my favorites:
The Series of Unfortunate Events – The Bad Beginning “If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.”
Winnie-The-Pooh “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.”
Junie B. Jones “My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.”
The Box Car Children “One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from.”
Uglies “The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
What’s your favorite opening line? Is it one here or some other? I’d be very interested to know.