So I saw there was a thread about what makes you put a book down and I have to say, I heartily agree with just about everything everyone said about the turn-offs with books. I struggled through The Remains of the Day because it was part of a college course and let me tell you, when I was finished all that remained of 'Remains' was a pile of smouldering ash in the fireplace (I've never done this to a book before or since). I couldn't relate to the characters or find any real purpose to the story at the time, nor see what on earth the writer was trying to express. But I'm getting sidetracked. What is it about a book which makes you keep going? I'm interested because I'm rewriting my book and it's a Young Adult which means you really need to dive into the story quickly and use shorter 'punchier' sentences and events to keep their attention, or so I've been told. So what have you read which pulled you in from the first sentence/paragraph/page and why? What made it so memorable? Why do you re-read it (if you've read it more than once) and still find it enjoyable? What, if you will, 'hooks' you more than anything else when you open a book? I'd be very interested to know what you all think.