I've completed a story back in January, and have been trying to submit it to Literary Agents, with no luck. I posted my Query Letter in the other forum for help, but I think my synopsis could probably use it, as well. It's the first time I've ever written one, and I had some difficulties because I have four main characters throughout my story. Any help is appreciated, and thank you so much if you do!
With all the courage that seventeen-year-old Stephanie Andrews can muster, she asks her Mother a question, “When is the right time to have sex?” As unfortunately expected of her stubborn parent, her Mother quickly turns the situation volatile, crushing Stephanie’s hopes for understanding. Left without guidance, Stephanie confides in her best friend Ella O’Connor on when is the right time to go there with her boyfriend, but Ella is on the opposite side of things.
As a sophomore in college, Ella just wants to lose her virginity already. While it really doesn’t matter with who, she does happen to have her sights set on Kyle. Ella’s roommate thinks she’s crazy for wanting to lose it to the most sexually active frat boy on campus, but Ella doesn’t care about what’s in his past. She just wants to use him for what she needs, and leave.
Yasmeen Carters has had sex, with men, but she’s struggling with going that next step with her current girlfriend, Jessica. Yasmeen is worried that she won’t like having sex still, and that Jessica could leave her because of it. So despite her girlfriend’s wishes in doing more, she continues to stay abstinent. Jade Rivera doesn’t understand her friend’s decision, but she has her own issues to worry about when Adam at work, asks her out on a date. It’s no secret that he’s been pining after Jade for a while now, and even though Yasmeen tells her to go for it, Jade can’t. In her eyes, Adam is ‘husband material,’ and she’s too young for someone ready to settle down.
As the weeks go on, Stephanie and her Mother are at a stalemate, but regardless of what her Mother thinks, Stephanie’s going to do it. She’s going to have sex with Chris, and as suggested by her friend Emmy, she’s going to do it on Prom Night. However, Chris doesn’t seem to be as ready to make things happen as Stephanie is, so it’s taking some time to warm him up to the idea. Ella too is having issues, after coming to realize that maybe giving it away to just anybody isn’t really the best idea anymore. However, Kyle doesn’t get the hint, as he keeps pursuing Ella aggressively. Ella’s friend from class tells her that Kyle is the kind of guy where ‘no means yes,’ but Ella swears to her that he’s harmless.
In the coming weeks, Yasmeen continues to avoid the elephant in the room when she’s home with Jessica, until one night she’s hanging out with a group of her college friends. One girl tells her that Yasmeen needs to stop trying so hard to identify herself, and to stop doubting that Jessica won’t love her despite how Yasmeen feels about intercourse. Yasmeen is upset in herself after her friend’s eye-opening advice, and decides that there’s no excuse anymore on why she can’t slowly give herself over to her girlfriend.
Jade is happy for Yasmeen’s realization, even though Jade isn’t happy at the moment. She started seeing a guy named Trey, who she thought would satisfy her craving for someone more exciting to be around, but he doesn’t. And the longer she’s with Trey, the more she wishes he was Adam, but she convinces herself that she doesn’t deserve him after all that she’s done. It’s not until Jade loses her virginity with Trey, that the whole façade she had been maintaining, collapses in on itself.
The following days that pass are difficult. The internal struggles within Stephanie’s family, especially her Mother, are weighing her down. She knows that she needs to piece together some of the wreckage from past arguments, but having a healthy relationship again is a two-way street. In addition to that, when Prom finally comes around, Chris confesses that he doesn’t want to have sex with Stephanie on that night. While it’s disappointing after all that she had built up in her head for it, Stephanie understands. Chris wants their moment to be special, and sneaking into a random bedroom at a random person’s apartment during a party, just isn’t that for him.
During the same time, college for Ella is coming to a close, and the last party before the semester ends, Ella wants to spend it with her friends. Though the past few weeks had been stressful, the year is ending in the best way possible, well…until it’s not. At the party, Ella is immensely drunk and happens to run into Kyle, who she had been trying to steer clear from for a while. Once Kyle has Ella in his sights though, he grabs her, pulling her into a separate room where he mocks her by saying, “I thought this is what you wanted,” and attempts to rape her. Luckily, just before ‘attempt’ becomes ‘succeeded,’ her friend Max saves her, and punches Kyle in the face in the process.
Yasmeen and Jessica inevitably have their moment, and to Yasmeen’s ridiculously pleasant surprise, she finds that she loved every minute of it. While things are going well for the couple though, Yasmeen and Jade have had a bit of a falling out. However, when Jade skips work for a few days, Yasmeen gets worried, and after having not talked to her friend for a while, Yasmeen gives in and contacts her.
Jade had been home due to her emotional turbulence after everything with Trey. When Yasmeen asks to see her, Jade is hesitant, but agrees none-the-less. She can’t deny that she needs her friend. When they do meet up, they talk everything over, and Jade finally admits that while she’s not expecting to be with Adam, she does owe him an explanation and apology. The following day at work, when Jade does manage to talk with the aforementioned guy, he admits that he’s hurt by a lot of what she said, but also respects her for being honest about it. They decide that if things are to ever work out between them, they need to rebuild their friendship again first.
With Prom Night thankfully in the past, Stephanie focuses on her next event, which is her Graduation Party. She hopes that all her family will be there, because she’s planning to use that time together to finally address the major issues they all have. Between her absentee father, estranged brother, and careless Mother, she wants to break the ice that’s holding them all hostage to their problems. While things aren’t better, they’re starting to feel okay again for Stephanie as her Mother at least communicates with her now. On top of that, the night before her Graduation Party, Chris and Stephanie finally take the leap, and lose their virginities to each other.
The next day at the Graduation Party, Ella arrives as Stephanie’s best friend from camp, who’s progressively pulling herself back together after the incident, as well as wanting to see a therapist. Yasmeen appears with Jessica, who happens to be Stephanie’s cousin, and after them, Jade comes with Adam who’s Stephanie’s estranged brother. To the four girls surprise at already knowing one another, they all laugh over the odd coincidence. And for the first time in a long time, they’re all genuinely happy.
In the middle of the party, Stephanie leaves the group of girls, and gives a speech about how this year has been difficult, but she feels she’s honestly prepared for the next chapter in her life, as she goes away to college. She also talks about how despite everything, she also loves her family very much. When the speech is finished, and Stephanie steps away from the podium she had been talking into, her Mother, Father, and Brother pull her into a hug. Tangled in their embrace, her Mother promises to them, “We’re gonna be okay,” and for Stephanie, that’s all the reassurance she needs.