How Important is the Last Line of a Book?

I was surprised last week when I came across a post about the last lines of books. I hadn’t really thought of it, and y’all should know by now that I’ve thought of everything about books to write on here. I have ideas on my phone from months ago that I just haven’t decided to post. Anyway, I’d link back to the original post about the final lines of books, but I never remember blog names or post titles if I don’t already follow them. Sorry stranger, but I think you got a Like from me.

Have you ever thought about the last lines of books? I mean, I can’t tell you the last line of any book. Oh wait! Yes I can!

Thinking.

No. I can’t. Harry Bosch spoiler is about to follow this sentence so turn your eyes if you don’t want to know! At the very end of City of Bones Harry Bosch retires. There’s a code for it that he uses in one of the very last lines of the book. But I can’t think of it. That’s about as close as it gets for me. No other last lines even come to mind. Not even from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which I just finished earlier today.

I played this game a long time ago when I wrote about the first lines of books, so let’s play it again this time. I’m going to try to guess what the last line of my book is, without cheating. Okay, let’s see.

Guess

“Jerk!” And with that Sydney was back to her old self already.

Actual

“Jerk!”she said as she punched me hard in the chest. Sydney was back to her old self already.

I was pretty close, right? I’d say that it’s okay. I don’t think it’s remarkable, but I also don’t think it’s the worst thing in the history of writing.

You can feel free to critique my last line, but that’s not really the point here. I’d like to know whether or not you believe a book’s last line to be particularly important.

PS: 1984 was voted as my next read by you all. It just narrowly defeated Gone Girl and Catch-22. So that will be my next read and there’ll be a forthcoming post once I finish it.

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