Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books
1. “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (It’s actually the opening and closing line of the book.)
2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (It so perfectly embodies the entire book.)
3. “The Garrets were forbidden from the start.” My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
4. “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
5. The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith – Ok I JUST read this one but WOW. That opening chapter was brutal.
6. “Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.” Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
7. “So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting! So…get on your way!” Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
The following are beginnings/endings to recent or popular books, so we don’t want to spoil the ending, but just know that they were fantastic.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green — I don’t know what to say about this book, just that I didn’t know what to expect from the ending and I think it was perfect.
9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell — A controversial ending, to be sure, but I like that it was pretty much open ended.