Until she got sexually assaulted by her uncle, nineteen-year-old Riley had it all figured out: she was lead singer of her band, dating the perfect girl, and was one of the brains behind her university’s experimental memory-erasing device. (maybe start in chronological order. First mention what she was and then introduce the rape)(maybe describe the uncle, was he Riley's favorite uncle, was he a wife beater, did he just come out of jail?)
After the(The) trauma from her rape causes her to tank her relationship, (and) Riley seek s a fresh start. She leaves college and takes up a tutoring position at a music class. There, she is assigned to eighteen-year-old Luke, a music savant plagued with composer’s block since his mom’s death.
As Riley aids Luke in reigniting his creative spark, the two form a romance. But when she discovers Luke’s involvement in a tragedy(this is vague. maybe give a small hint. jmo) that inspired her to create the device, Riley feels betrayed again. Now she has to decide whether to use it to wipe her mind clean of all painful memories, even though it could erase her entire identity.
THE SUM OF WHO WE ARE is a 64,000-word young adult novel, with light science fiction elements, told in Riley and Luke’s alternating perspectives. It will appeal to fans of Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT.
Why did she not use the memory erasing device right after she was raped? Who stopped her? I guess it was experimental and wasn't ready but still there would be a temptation to make the device ready asap.
Why does she leave college? Are the people judging her? Does she feel suffocated with the sympathy she gets?