Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines I Love From Books By Latinx Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.).” I actually did a Top Ten Tuesday post with my favorite opening lines, which you can read here, not too long ago. So for this week’s post I’m listing favorite opening lines from books by Latinx authors minus the ones I already mentioned in my previous post. I hope these are intriguing enough that they have you reaching for these books if you haven’t already. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar

“There is a locket in my heart
that holds all of the questions
that do cartwheels in my mind
and gurgle up to the top of my brain
like root beer fizz.”

2. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

“This is a love story.

At least, it was, before my sister sent me to hell.”

3. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

“Ben West spent summer vacation growing a handlebar mustache.


Hovering over his upper lip–possibly glued there–was a bushy monstrosity that shouted, ‘Look out, senior class, I’m gonna tie some chicks to the train tracks and then go on safari with my good friend Teddy Roosevelt. Bully!‘”

4. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

“We believe in luck. The good kind and the cruel. The kind that graces and the kind that cripples. The kind that doesn’t care what you deserve.”

5. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

“The Santos women never go to the sea.

Once upon a time a lifetime ago a pregnant woman escaped Cuba with her husband by climbing into a boat he had built in secret with nothing but scrap and desperate hope. They left their entire life in the dead of night. They were still too late. The storm was sudden and violent, and the baby could not wait. As he fought the raging sea, she screamed into the angry winds and pulled her wailing daughter from her body.”

6. Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez

“Mexican woman (illegal) and Mexican man (illegal)
have a Mexican (illegal)-American (citizen).
is the baby in the arms of the mother (illegal).
if the mother holds the baby (citizen)
too long, does the baby become illegal?”

7. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

“The problem with your best friend dying is that there’s no one to sit with you at funerals.”

8. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“Some people are born under a lucky star, while others have their misfortune telegraphed by the position of the planets. Casiopea Tun, named after a constellation, was born under the most rotten star imaginable in the firmament”

9. Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

“Everyone has their own way of telling our story.

Some say it began generations ago, with a girl lured by the white birds in the woods. The moment she reached out a small hand toward their wind-fluttered feathers, a swan bit her, poisoning her blood.”

10. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

“If only I could break the glass separating me and Manman with my thoughts alone. On one side of the glass doors are the long lines of people with their photos and papers that prove that they belong here in America, that they are allowed to taste a bit of this free air. On the other side is me, pressing my forehead against the thick see-through wall. My shoulder hurts from the weight of the carry-on bag I refuse to put down for fear that they will take it away, too.”

Any of these opening lines you are intrigued by? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines I Love From Books By Latinx Authors

  1. Man, you just made me remember how much I loved Undead Girl Gang. And that line from Bruja Born really makes me want to start the series.

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  2. I love how you changed it up to feature Latinx authors / books! And omg that Bruja Born one is so terrifying but also intriguing 😭 I’ve been wanting to read Don’t Date Rosa Santos for over a year now so I’m glad you liked it. Also, I’ve been meaning to read Blanca y Roja for so long!


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