A book’s ending line is just as important as its opening, if not more so. We rely on those last few words to sum up our whole experience. The last line will be our lasting memory of the novel so it’s important that they’re really poignant. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic is Ending/Last Lines and it turns out I love these much more than the Opening Lines I wrote about last week, so rather than featuring 5 I’m actually going to be sharing 10 of my favourites! These are all really strong endings which not only perfectly sum up the novel, they also really speak to you.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
“But if the Professor was right it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia.”
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
“What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.
I do Augustus.
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
“And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever.”
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
“I ran. A grown man running with a swarm of screaming children. But I didn’t care. I ran with the wind blowing in my face, and a smile as wide as the Valley of Panjsher on my lips.
Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
“I’ll tell them how I survived it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.
But there are much worse games to play.”
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
“And that’s the end of the story about Bruno and his family. Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again.
Not in this day and age.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
“So, if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough.
And I will believe the same about you.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
“The scar had not pained Harry for 19 years. All was well.”
And that concludes my favourite 10 ending lines! I absolutely adored this Top 5 Tuesday so thanks so much Bionic Book Worm for a wonderful topic. I hope you loved these last lines as much as I did. Whether they perfectly summed up the novel or served a purpose, these were all big endings, and I even nearly cried just reading them now!