Can You Guess the Contemporary Novel from the First Sentence?

I recently discovered Buzzfeed had done an amazing quiz called Can You Guess The Classic Novel From Its First Sentence? and I loved it so much I just had to create a spinoff for contemporary novels. Test your knowledge of recent literature!

 

1.

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

Cover_Middlesex

Cover_Station Eleven

life after life

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2.

“New Year’s Resolutions

I Will Not

Drink more than fourteen alcoholic units a week.”

Cover_Confessions of a Shopaholic

Cover_The Devil Wears Prada

bridget

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3.

“It was all because of the Berlin Wall.”

Cover_Book Thief

husband's secret

Cover_Euphoria

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4.

“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

This cover image released by St. Martins Press shows "The Nightingale," a novel by Kristin Hannah. (AP Photo/St. Martins Press)

orphan-train

all-the-light-we-cannot-see

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5.

“I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.”

whered-you-go-bernadette

Cover_The Rosie Project

The-Vacationers

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6.

“The dying actress arrived in his village the only way one could come directly—in a boat that motored into the cove, lurched past the rock jetty, and bumped against the end of the pier.”

Circling the Sun

Cover_The Light Between Oceans

Beautiful-Ruins

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7.

“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”

fault-in-our-stars

Cover_Perks of Being A Wallflower

Cover_If I stay 2

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8.

“At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin.”

Cover_The Poisonwood Bible

Cover_The Secret Life of Bees

Cover_The Help

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9.

“Princeton, in the summer, smelled of nothing, and although Ifemelu liked the tranquil greenness of the many trees, the clean streets and stately homes, the delicately overpriced shops, and the quiet, abiding air of earned grace, it was this, the lack of a smell, that most appealed to her, perhaps because the other American cities she knew well had all smelled distinctly.”

Cover_White Teeth

Cover_The Brief And Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Cover_Americanah

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10.

“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.”

girltrain

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Cover_Gone Girl

    Natalie Hallak

    Natalie Hallak is an Editorial Assistant for Park Row Books, Harlequin’s literary fiction imprint. She loves reading whip-it smart, emotional literary fiction with commercial appeal, as well as speculative fiction, psychological suspense, and narrative nonfiction/memoir. She has a particular interest in underrepresented voices and loves books that fearlessly blend genres. When Natalie’s not reading, she’s either traveling, playing the French Horn, experimenting with photography, or watching cat videos. You can find her on Twitter: @NatalieHallak.

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