Senior: First lines to get you hooked

Updated: Jul 18

Whether it's the main character's voice, the writing style, or the promise of the premise, a book's well-crafted first line can be enough to draw you in for the long haul. Check out the first lines of these new releases and recent additions to the library's collection!


Year 7 – 9


Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer


The hardest part of this job isn’t the stealing. It’s the escaping.


The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk


When can I dance? My voice came out quiet in the small sterile recovery room.


Can’t Say it Went to Plan by Gabrielle Tozer


Zoe is still haunted by the final exam. Sweaty palms. Ticking clock.


Girls in Boys' Cars by Felicity Castagna


Sometimes the past is a long arm that reaches out and slaps you in the face.


Switch by A.S. King


We have arrived at a fold in time and space.






Year 10 – 12

Take Me with You When You Go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven


Subject: You. Missing.


Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues by H.S. Valley


You’d think a place like Fox Glacier High School for the Magically Adept – which has taught magic for decades – might’ve found a way to heat its super-secret underground compound, or at least the sick bay.


Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim


The bottom of the lake tasted like mud, salt, and regret.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth


The afternoon my parents died, I was out shoplifting with Irene Klauson.


Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson


I float, I float, I float.



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