Posted 28 October 2010 - 08:46 PM
I've gotten 2 requests for fulls off this one:
Dear Firstname Lastname:
By May of her junior year, Leslie Weekly's life has pretty much decomposed into a hopeless mess.
First of all, Leslie's medical condition - a severe and crippling case of synesthesia, which makes Leslie able to see sounds and hear colors - is driving her practically insane because her medication has gone AWOL. She can't concentrate to save her life, so she's failing every class she's taking. No matter how many letters she writes to the scientists over at the lab in Minneapolis, they can't give her a free re-issue of those experimental meds until August - and her foster parents sure as hell can't afford to pay for more after the layoffs.
Secondly, her foster brother, Zeke, is in the hospital, after having overdosed in the middle of the night - on what, Leslie doesn't know.
Thirdly, the one boy she's ever loved - and who's ever loved her back - is hiding out in the woods to escape completely untrue drug-dealing allegations. Leslie is sneaking out every night to visit him, throwing her sleep all to hell.
What's worst, though, is Leslie's discovery that one person is the sole reason for all three of these things - the person she thought for years was her best friend. And when the final bomb drops, Leslie finds herself alone and battling a torrential rush of sensations she'd never meant to experience.
CROSSOVER is a story about the impossible burdens that one teenage girl attempts to shoulder, a story about the pain of unalterable outcomes, a story about the things that change Leslie into who she is. It is told in a scrambled series of first-person vignettes from throughout Leslie's junior year that enable the reader to see the transformation that she is forced to undergo.
CROSSOVER, a Young Adult fiction novel, is complete at 47,000 words. [This following part was in one of the two that got a response.] It is my first novel, and, given that I am a junior in high school, I believe that I can adequately portray the voice and common pressures of a high school student. I saw that you said in a Live Panel chat room this past Monday that your hope generally decreases for a story when an author mentions that he or she is a teenager, so I hope my ripe age of sixteen hasn't deterred you. However, I also saw your interview with the Guide to Literary Agents Editor's Blog, and I believe that Crossover has the flavor of universal appeal that you stated your agency was seeking. The issues it addresses - helplessness, loss, loneliness, sexuality, denial - are far broader than typical high school woes.
Thank you so much for your time and your consideration.
So, yup. It's a bit of an odd letter. XD I didn't know how to go about writing it, really, because the story doesn't actually reach the point the query describes until 3/4 of the way through the book - and, to convolute things even more, the novel is comprised of scenes that jump around in no particular order. It goes from July to October to April to August, I believe, in the first ten pages... But if I'd started the mini-synopsis at the chronological beginning of the novel, it would've sounded unbelievably uninteresting.
It was a task to write. But something worked, I guess... I'm 2 for 8, woohoo!
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