Fresh Starts – Stories that blossom with great opening lines

Children
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much”

Front Desk – Kelly Yang 
“My parents told me that America would be this amazing place where we could live in a house with a dog, do whatever we want, and eat hamburgers till we were red in the face. So far, the only part of that we’ve achieved is the hamburger part, but I was still holding out hope. And the hamburgers here are pretty good”

Look Both Ways – Jason Reynolds
“This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky.”

Circus Mirandus – Cassie Beasley
“Four small words. That was all it took to set things in motion” 
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – Percy Jackson
“Yeah, I know you guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you’re going to be like ‘Wow! That’s cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony too?’”

What About Will – Ellen Hopkins
“My big brother always had a short fuse but now it’s permanently lit”

The Season of Styx Malone – Kekla Magoon
“Styx Malone didn’t believe in miracles, but he was one”

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
“My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog” 

Chomp – Carl Hiaasen
“Mickey Cray had been out of work ever since a dead iguana fell from a palm tree and hit him on the head”

The Monsters of Rookhaven – Padraig Kenny
“Mirabelle was in the garden feeding bones to the flowers when Uncle Enoch came for her”
Teen​
Monday’s Not Coming – Tiffany D. Jackson
“This is the story of how my best friend disappeared. How nobody noticed she was gone except me. And how nobody cared until they found her… one year later”

They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
“12:22 A.M. Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime- I’m going to die today”

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
“One summer night I fell asleep hoping the world would be different when I woke”

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I never 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 Book Thief – Marcus Zusak
“First the colors. Then the humans. That’s how I see things. Or at least how I try”

Blood, Water, Paint – Joy McCullough
“Everything begins from here: the viewing point. The place where you stand, your eye level. That single point on the horizon where all other lines converge”

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost didn’t notice I’m being blackmailed”

The Voting Booth – Brandy Colbert
“I don’t like it when people make hyperbolic statements, so I really mean it when I say I’ve been waiting for this day my entire life”

The Astonishing Color of After – Emily X.R. Pan
“My mother is a bird. This isn’t like some William Faulkner stream-of-consciousness metaphorical crap. My mother. Is literally. A bird”

Elatsoe – Darcy Little Badger
“Ellie bought the life-sized plastic skull at a garage sale (the goth neighbors were moving to Salem, and they could not fit an entire Halloween warehouse into their black van)”
Adult
Under the Whispering Door – T.J. Kiune
“Patricia was crying. Wallace hated it when people cried. Little tears, big tears, full on body-wracking sobs, it didn’t matter. Tears were pointless, and she was only delaying the inevitable”

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
“History has failed us, but no matter”

Something in the Water – Catherine Steadman
“Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that”

People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry
“On vacation, you can be anyone you want. Like a good book or an incredible outfit, being on vacation transports you to another version of yourself”
Becoming – Michelle Obama
“I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving”

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
“Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down”

The Library Book – Susan Orlean
“Even in Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of remarkable hairdos, Harry Peak attracted attention” 

Anxious People – Frederik Backman
“A bank robbery. A hostage drama. A stairwell full of police officers on their way to storm an apartment. It was easy to get to this point, much easier than you might think. All it took was one single really bad idea”

The Body: A Guide for Occupants – Bill Bryson
“Long ago, when I was a junior high school student in Iowa, I remember being taught by a biology teacher that all the chemicals that make up the human body can be purchased at a hardware store for $5.00 or something like that”

Know My Name – Chanel Miller
“I am shy. In elementary school for a play about a safari, everyone else was an animal. I was grass”
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