By: Melanie | November 15, 2014 | (27) Comments


How well DO you know your YA novels?

Do you know them so well that you can remember all the books’ first sentences off the top of your head? Below, we have 15 first sentences of some relatively well-known YA books. Let’s see how many of them you can recognize and name the title and author of! Anyone who guesses all 15 of them gets a cookie. Promise. *prepares virtual jar of cookies* AND, if you can’t guess some of the books because you haven’t read the book, I feel sorry for you. In other words, GO READ ALL THESE BOOKS IF YOU WANT TO CALL YOURSELF A YA FAN. To make it harder, I’ve sometimes included the prologue, and sometimes I’ve used the first line of the first chapter instead. MWAHAHA, I AM EVIL, YES?

The answers are hidden in spoiler tags, NO CHEATING!


1. I’ll be lost for words if you cannot think of which book this one came from. I EVEN GAVE Y’ALL A CLUE SO NO EXCUSES FOR THIS ONE, OKAY?

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2. I suppose the entire world knows this book.

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3. CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE A WORLD WITH NO MIRRORS? I’d wake up with a drawn mustache on my face, go on public transport on my way to school without knowing it. LER GASP.

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4. Hello, book who obviously everyone will get right.

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5. I swear, the name gives it away.

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6. Only one of the best series ever.

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7. Ooh la la…

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8. Are we getting a little harder? Hm…perhaps. But you’ve seen nothing yet.

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9. Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book, I JUST REALLY LIKE THE QUOTE, OKAY?

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10. I’d give you a hint but then it would make it WAY too obvious.

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11. Le gasp! Another boy.

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12. ALL THE COLOUR. Actually, it’s very deceiving because the book itself is awfully bleak for most of it.

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13. Dis person got lotsa attitude and a messed up life

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14. There’s a clue in that picture, NOW USE YOUR BRAIN AND THINK THINK THINK

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How many did you answer correctly without peeking at the spoiler tags? Tell me in the comments! More importantly, which of these books have you read? What are your thoughts on them?

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27 Responses to Which Book Was This First Sentence From?

  1. I THOUGHT THE THIRD ON SAID “There is one minion in my house.” AND I WAS LIKE, WHUT??!!!,/I> I HAVE NEVER READ OR HEARD OF A BOOK WITH A SENTENCE LIKE THAT. I MUST KNOW WHAT BOOK THIS IS. And then I reread the sentence again, brain a mush, and realized it was “mirrir” not minion. And of course I saw it was Divergent because I am an amazeball know all person like that 😀 STOP LAUGHING AT ME, MEL BELS.

    And I guessed 10!!!! Which I’m pleased about. Especially number 8 and 14. 😉 I AM’S A RATHER FRABJOUS GENIUS I KNOW.
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  2. Is it odd that I haven’t guessed even those that I HAVE read? Even if I’ve read them several times. I guessed maybe four and had to peek for the rest. My memory sucks, I suppose.
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  3. Gah, only got 6 LOL! 😛 Oh well, pretty good I guess. I didn’t get The Hunger Games which was amazing. >< But Harry Potter, Divergent, Ari and Dante, TFIOS and The Darkest Minds were clear giveaways for me. Can I get half a cookie?
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  4. Celine says:

    I only got nine. *cries* But really, I haven’t read half of these. I should get on that, really.

    *looks at pile of ARCs*
    You know, sometime. When I have time. *cough*

  5. Stephanie B says:

    I didn’t keep count but I think I got about half give or take a few. Better than I thought.
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  6. THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Can you believe that I couldn’t even remember The Hunger Games one. In fact, I don’t think I remember anything from that series anymore o_o
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  7. I didn’t know 6, 7, 9, 12 and 15. 😛 Because I didn’t read those books yet. x)
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  8. Valerie says:

    1. Harry Potter duh
    2. Oh god this one is not coming to me. I mean I haven’t read all the YA books in the world
    3. I don’t remember any book about mirrors….hmmm
    4. TFIOS duhhh
    5. DoS&B yep yep the name gives it away. Or else I wouldn’t have remembered
    6. I’m sorry I don’t think I’ve read the best series ever 🙁
    7. hmmmm. nope
    9. No idea
    10. This just reminds me of Grease but no that’s not a book.
    11. LOL boys
    12. 13. 14. 15. I GOT NOTHING

    Lemme check my answers now…..haha Hunger Games, I don’t remember much from that book. And I never read Divergent. Nope never read anything by Rick Riordan, but I had my hunches. HAHAHAH I GOT ALL OUR YESTERDAYS RIGHT HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW?

    WAIT. That was from Aristotle and Dante. And Fangirl? AND THE BOOK THIEF NO NO NO NO NO NO YOU ARE WRONG THAT IS NOT THE FIRST LINE OF THE BOOK THIEF I RECENTLY JUST LOOKED IT UP….nevermind you’re right. I don’t know the rest of the books blah.
    blah. 😛
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  9. I GOT 6. And I can’t believe I didn’t get Ari and Dante *cries* Also I have to read All Our Yesterdays soon. I want to know what I’m missing out on!!
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  10. AHHH, I love games!! And I got almost all of them.
    1. Harry Potter
    2. The Hunger Games
    3. Divergent
    4. TFIOS
    5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
    6. I knew it was Rick Riordan, but I hadn’t read it. 🙁
    7. Nooo, DON’T KNOW.
    8. All Our Yesterdays (knew it, but haven’t read it)
    9. Nada.
    10. Anna Dressed in Blood

    Aaand, I don’t know the rest. Do I still get a virtual cookie? *blinks sorrowful with a expression*
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  11. I would not have guessed The Hunger Games for that one in a million years…Many of these I have not read, but Divergent stuck out to me so easily. Which I am surprised about, but I guess the movie came to mind when reading that quote.
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  12. Fantastic post, Mel! This was very fun. 🙂 I got them all right except for 6, 7, 8, 10, 14 and 15…I haven’t read those books, so I guess my memory is pretty good considering I got all of the ones I’ve read correct. 🙂
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  13. Okay, I got five, which is really horrible considering the fact that I’ve read ten of them. 🙁 That just goes to show that I forget almost everything about a book after a week or so since I’ve read it. ._. I can’t believe I didn’t get the Hunger Games and Anna Dressed in Blood ones!
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  14. I did okay for the books I’ve read but I’ve not read a good amount of these *hides* What a clever and fun post!
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  15. Laura says:

    I got 11 right! I just didn’t get the ones for the books I haven’t read yet (This Song Will Save Your Life, Anna Dressed In Blood, All Our Yesterdays, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe). First sentences just stick with me!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  16. Yun-a says:

    I got to The Lost Hero just fine and then failed everything else from there on out :). I guess it means I have to read more books.

  17. So… I did a lot better than I thought which is cool 😛 but there are so many books I just haven’t read yet in this list!! I really need to get on that! Love this post btw <3
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  18. I got 7 right. That was sad XD I’ve read 11 of the books. I have to step up my game next time 😉 That was fun, thanks Mel <33
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  19. Oh my gosh I just couldn’t help clicking the spoiler tags, but if I stared at the quotes a bit more I could have worked some of them out! I got Harry Potter right of course, there were a few others I recognised but just couldn’t get lol. Really wonderful post Mel!

  20. Rebecca says:

    Such a cool post/idea! I got some right, but some I had to sneak a look at the spoiler and well, spoil myself because I had no clue. I haven’t read quite a few of these. Better get reading, huh?

  21. Gaaaah I’ve read 9 of them but only guessed 4! *bangs head on table* I’m terrible at remembering quotes….guess that’s why I have a highlighting addiction o.O Love the post Mel 😀
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  22. I only got a few of those right… and I didn’t even get some of the ones where I’d actually read the book!
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  23. Can I get a cookie for trying?

    I got 5 right though I missed Hunger Games *facepalm* but I got Fault of our Stars eveen though I’ve never read it.

    This was fun! 🙂
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  24. Naban says:

    I only got 5 right, although I’ve read about 10 of those books. o_o” And The Hunger Games one, how could I not know THAT one? Like, seriously. I think I could have figured that out if I actually tried to figure it out instead of clicking the spoiler tag. (Aka in denial?) ;-;

    I tried. AND this was loads of fun. Thanks, Mel! 😀
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  25. Siobhan says:

    Looking through the comments most people didn’t didn’t get the hunger games one, obviously wasn’t memorable first sentence.

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