Monday, March 2, 2009

Random Question...

I used to ask my 6th graders to write the best sentence in the world. Just one sentence. And they came up with some pretty amazing things.

So...what's your favorite sentence? Either one you've written or one you've read?

Here's mine. It's from The Lovely Bones--one of my favorites. It's the kind of book you have to put down for a second so you can cry. That probably doesn't appeal to a lot of you, but it is SO good. Just some background. The narrator is in heaven watching over her family.

"I watched my beautiful sister running, her lungs and legs pumping, and the skill from the pool still there--fighting to see through the rain, fighting to keep her legs lifting at the pace set by Samuel, and I knew she was not running away from me or toward me. Like someone who has survived a gut-shot, the wound had been closing, closing--braiding into a scar for eight long years."

Okay fine, that was two sentences, but you get the idea. So well-written. So if anyone's reading, respond!

2 comments:

Lisa and Laura said...

Um..too drunk to think of a sentance. Totally kidding. I have to go back and look at some of my faves to come up with one. I did just finish How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls, which was a fab beach read. Only 60 degrees and windy so we're heading to the casino. Good luck with the kids, I'll call you later. XOXOX L

sraasch said...

One of my favorite sentences from my novels is from my YA romance, "Blind": "Girls starved themselves to get looked at like that." I was watching a romance movie (don't remember which one), when I heard that line in my head, and had one of those fist-to-the-gut moments.

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