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Memorable first lines from the AJC's top summer books for 2015

There are so many great books to choose from this summer, from hot Southern reads to young adult novels to beach books. Check out the first lines from the AJC's picks for the summer and see which ones pique your interest.

What books are on your reading list this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Southern novels

"The Idea of Love" by Patti Callahan Henry

"In his mind, he was already writing her -- the woman who stood at the patio table with her eyes closed and her face lifted to the sky." -- "The Idea of Love" by Patti Callahan Henry

"Minnow watched Varn's scarred lips move as he finished his tale. Minnow had known his friend since before memory, but still winced at the puckered scars on his lips and cheeks." -- "Minnow" by James E. McTeer II

"Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78." -- "The Library at Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins

"Ordinary Light" by Tracy K. Smith

"She left us at night. It had felt like night for a long time, the days at once short and ceaselessly long. November-dark." -- "Ordinary Light" by Tracy K. Smith

"I'm kneeling in one of my own bedroom closets -- peering E.T.-like through the white door slats -- when the following epiphany hits me harder than a lawn dart to the eye: I am a disgraceful woman." -- "Love May Fail" by Matthew Quick

Young Adult

"Drive Me Crazy" by Atlanta's Terra Elan McVoy

"Wonderful is the only word I can use to describe it. We haven't even been in the car for an hour yet, and already we're singing at the top of our lungs, enjoying the sunshine streaming down through the sunroof, and letting the warm wind whip around us through the open windows." -- "Drive Me Crazy" by Terra Elan McVoy

"It was the first day of fifth grade, and I had a promise to keep. Ever since spring break I'd woken up with an ache inside me, like I'd been swallowing rocks all night." -- "Extraordinary" by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

"I Will Always Write Back," by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

"I'd never heard of Zimbabwe. But something about the way the name looked up on the blackboard intrigued me." -- "I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" by Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka

"Let me tell you about the first time I knew for sure I was in love with Matt Gooby." -- "Anything Could Happen" by Will Walton

Beach Reads

"Beach Town" by Mary Kay Andrews

"Greer Hennessy needed palm trees. She needed Technicolor green fronds swaying in wind machine-enhanced breezes, with some Dolby-sound crashing waves." -- "Beach Town" by Mary Kay Andrews

"An unholy tremor rippling through the sticky night air alerted Edith Heyward that something wasn't right." -- "The Sound of Glass" by Karen White


Complete AJC Summer Book Guide

10 Southern books that put the sizzle in summer reading

Provocative summer books for young readers

Southern beach reads keep it breezy

Quiz: What should you read this summer?

Photos: What are notable Atlantans reading this summer?

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