A good first line should set the tone for the entire book. That's what makes a good first line so magical; it accomplishes something very tricky. When writing in elementary and middle school, my least favorite part about a writing assignment was writing the first sentence, which was always called 'the hook' by teachers. It was always so hard to write a line that was relevant and interesting but not cheesy or cliche (and yes I thought about these things in elementary school.) I thought I would highlight a few excellent first lines, and I hope that you will share your own favorite first lines or discover a new read when you get hooked by one of these first lines.
"It was a pleasure to burn."-Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."- 1984, George Orwell
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."- The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
"All of this happened, more or less."- Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut
"I read somewhere that humans beings are genetically predisposed to record history." - Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith
"The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World." - Going Bovine, Libba Bray
"The Sun does not go down." - Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgwick
"I am a coward." - Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
What's your favorite first line?