12 Breathtaking First Lines in Young Adult Books

12 Breathtaking First Lines in Young Adult Books
You know that feeling you get when you open a book and, from the very first line, you just know that it’s going to blow your freaking mind?
We do. Whether it was the because of some shocking early reveal, a nice dose of action, purely gorgeous writing, or something more, there are a good amount of books on our shelves that have cemented their place in the “loved from the very first line” section. We would even go so far as to say that their opening lines took our breath away. So without further ado, let’s get to some of our faves, shall we?

12 Breathtaking First Lines in YA


“The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts.”
– CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare

“On the day Emma Carstairs’s parents were killed, the weather was perfect.”
– CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare


“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.”


“Asha lured the dragon with a story.”
– THE LAST NAMSARA by Kristen Ciccarelli


“My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways.”
– THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

“I have a heart for every year I’ve been alive.”
– TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo


“You can hear a miracle a long way after dark.”
– ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS by Maggie Stiefvater


“Everyone believed Diabolics were fearless, but in my earliest years, all I knew was fear.”
– THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid


“Depending on who—sorry, whom—you ask, I may have killed my three best friends.”
– GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zentner

“This is how I kill someone.”


“I don’t wake up screaming anymore.”
– RESTORE ME by Tahereh Mafi


“Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest.”
– CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth


What’s a book that won you over from line one? Let us know in the comments!
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