First sentences are important, a divisive way of catching a reader’s attention. Of course, I am not the best at writing first sentences – no matter how hard I try they come out generic and boring.
However, I have come across books where the first sentences has caught my attention –
No. 1 – The Grownup
By far my favourite first sentence
I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it.
This is crude and completely an unexpected opening line for a short story, and it starts raising questions as to what kind of book you are reading.
It definitely woke me up, I’m surprise that I had to shut the book and check if any teachers were standing behind me as I read it 😂.
No. 2 – The Shock of The Fall
I should say that I am not a nice person.
A first sentence that I can completely identify with. No one is really a nice person, and I like how that this book started with our main character and narrator admitting that he isn’t a nice person.
No. 3 – All the Bright Places
Is today a good day to die?
This caught my attention instantly. It’s such a dark first sentence, it cuts right to the Chase and it made me think, and I actually made a mental list of why it’s a good day to die and why it isn’t.
Ultimately, it is a first sentence that makes you question something we never really think of. It’s a good first sentence and a memorable one, because it catches your attention and it does make you wonder about the question itself.
There are three first sentences that i thought we’re great or a good starting point of the books.