Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is your top five favorite first sentences. A couple caveats. First, some of these are more than just one sentence. I couldn’t help it, the first sentence just flows and doesn’t work without the carefully and beautifully crafted subsequent lines. Second, this was so hard. There are so many good first sentences out there. I might just do a part two post with a couple more first-sentence quotes. The ones I picked for this post, I really enjoy for all different reasons—because it resonates with me emotionally, it’s witty, or sets the perfect scene. Let me know your favorite first sentence in the comments!

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Ph: John Bramley © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

1. “Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.” —The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

2. “Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.”—Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

3. “It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy—that guy right over there—that’s him. The him.”—Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

4. “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”—The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. “Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. If you’re reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe whatever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.”—The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


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