Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Five of the best opening scenes in YA fiction

At the BN Teen blog Kayla Whaley tagged five of the best opening scenes in YA lit, including:
Best Not-Actually-a-Scene

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

In a letter addressed to the Headmaster and Board of Directors of her elite prep school, Frankie Landau-Banks confesses to masterminding a string of, as she calls them, mal-doings committed by the Loyal Order of the Bassett Hounds, a storied secret society at Alabaster Prep. What follows is the delightful tale of how exactly Frankie came to admit in a written missive to “behavior [that] disrupted the smooth running of your patriarchal establishment.” The story would technically work without the opening letter, but why would you want it to?
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is among Sona Charaipotra's five top YA books to read when you're burnt out on love and Sabrina Rojas Weiss's ten favorite boarding school novels.

--Marshal Zeringue