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~YA Highway First Lines Contest!~

First lines are very important. (Okay, I sort of wasted that one, but I'm talking about books, not blog posts) Most are forgettable, even if they're decent. Some, however, latch on and linger the whole time you're reading -- even sticking around long after you've finished the book.

In celebration of first lines, we've decided to hold a first lines contest here on YA Highway!  Entry and prize information (ARCs! ARCs! ARCs!) is at the bottom of this post. And don't worry -- if you show us yours, we know it's only fair that we show you some of ours...

"It’s kind of hard to miss her, all covered in crows like that."
Refuge, Kate Hart's WIP

'He comes down the road in his Camaro, sliding left to right on the freshly oiled gravel and skidding to a stop in front of my house."
Will and Zoe by Kristin Halbrook

"There is one mirror in my house."
Divergent by Veronica Roth

"Daddy said it was my duty to look nice for Momma's funeral, that wearing white would be a mitzvah."
Daughter of Earth, Phoebe North's WIP

"The irony did not escape me."
My Zero-Sum Mind, Stephanie Kuehn's WIP

"The winds in Washokey make people go crazy."
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

"Soldiers are here."
Winterbound, Kaitlin Ward's WIP

"There is nothing more humiliating than being topless in the backseat of your boyfriend’s car when someone decides to throw an egg at the windshield."
Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

"The first thing I see as we pass the dusty “Welcome to Texas” sign is an armadillo plodding along the highway."
Reliance, Sarah Enni's WIP

"Trust me, this is going to be great."
Chasing Secrets, Lee Bross's WIP

"Ansel was perplexed."
The Shutter Society, Michelle Schusterman's WIP

Fill out the form at the bottom of this post by midnight PST on Saturday, August 27th. (When time comes to vote, the authors of the first lines will be anonymous; however, we'll name the winners, and if you want, you can share which line was yours in the comments of that post.) Voting will begin on Monday, August 29th.

Note: You must be a follower to enter, and you can only enter once.
US/Canada only. (sorry!)

We'll award two ARCs each to three winners. The first place winner will get first choice, and the second place winner second choice, from these fabulous books:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
(first line: "my name is not Mara Dyer but my lawyer told me I had to choose something.")

You Against Me by Jenny Downham
(first line: "Mikey couldn't believe his life.")

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
(first line: "The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the either light cast by the nebula.")

iBoy by Kevin Brooks
(first line: "The mobile phone that shattered my skull was a 32GB iPhone 3GS.")

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
(first line: "I've been locked up for 264 days.")

Nocturne by Christine Johnson
(first line: "Claire's human form offered no protection from the chill in the moonlit clearing.")

Good luck!

Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. Awesome contest, made even awesomer by the fact that you get to see a picture of a baby sloth after entering!

    (Spoiler alert-- it's adorable.)

  2. You girls have some kickass first lines!

  3. Loved your first lines! And thanks for the chance to win some fantastic arcs! Great idea.

  4. I LOVE reading first lines!! Great ones here! Thx for the fun contest!

  5. Love this contest idea, and thanks for sharing the first lines of your books/WIPs. Looking forward to seeing all of the fabulous entries!

  6. First lines seem to be a theme lately! Operation Awesome has been doing several posts featuring great first lines if anyone wants to jet over there and see which ones they picked.

    And I loved that you guys included the first lines of the giveaways, nice touch! Thanks for the contest.

  7. Great concept for a contest! My Favorite is "Trust me, this is going to be great."

    By the way for all of you querying writers out there I am doing a reader run query critique on my blog.

    You email in a query and then we post them one by one and we all chip in and give the writer of the query feedback. We're still collecting queries!

  8. Awesome contest! We did something like this in my craft & technique of fiction class, only there weren't cool prizes. :) I entered and I'm really excited to see what everyone comes up with! First lines are fun!

  9. Love the idea for this contest! If anyone wants a copy of the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I am giving the ARC on my blog:

  10. That baby sloth photo is really funny. And cute. I can't believe you did

  11. Cool idea, thanks for the oppourtunity

  12. Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway! :D Loved the adorable baby sloth at the end <3

  13. The baby sloth photo just made the whole thing that much better. But the contest is pretty awesome too!

  14. If all else fails, I will have been glad I entered, because now I know how ridiculously cute baby sloths are :)

    This is a fabulous contest with fabulous prizes. Thank you for the opportunity! And for the list of those awesome opening lines! I love this blog...

  15. First lines are interesting, aren't they? I looked at a couple of the things I've written and the first lines aren't that intriguing. Hmm, something to think about.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. What a cute baby sloth! :D I agree with Kat, it's so adorable! :D

    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway, and for sharing those awesome first lines. :D I don't write things very often myself...but even I have some WIPs floating around my laptop, they'll probably never get finished, but I like the fact that they're there if I get inspired to write. :D

  17. That baby sloth just made my freaking day.


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