I have been querying for a while now but have been avoiding submitting to agents who require a synopsis because mine is in desperate need of a fix. I'd really love some help so I can query on, and will do my best to return the favor to anyone willing to share feedback! Thank you so much.
When Lea Sanchez finds her boyfriend kissing her best friend, she turns to her family for comfort. Though beloved and supported by her Mom, Grandpa and sister, heartbreak overwhelms the Filipina teen, until an opportunity to audition for the high school musical production of RENT arises.
However, Lea receives news about her Grandpa’s death in a tragic fire after trying to save a boy in the neighboring house that was burning down. She flies back to Manila, the city she grew up in, with her Mom and her sister to mourn Grandpa and gather his remains.
Back in her old hometown, she’s reacquainted with her childhood friend, Adrian, who just so happens to be the boy her Grandpa saved. Adrian Burgos, having just lost his home and his family, accepts an invitation to live with the Sanchezes in New York and be taken care of by his godmother, Lea’s mom, Lisa.
After the burial of Adrian’s family and the cremation of Lea’s grandfather, the Sanchezes head back to New York city, with Adrian in tow. Lea finds herself having a hard time connecting with her orphaned childhood friend despite their shared grief.
But soon enough, things start looking up as Lea finds a new quirky lunch group to hang out with and finds herself becoming friends with Adrian again. When the auditions for the spring musical Rent are held, Lea exerts herself to get the part of Mimi. Lea, who’s dreamt of becoming a Broadway star for the longest time, is disappointed when she is only assigned as an understudy. However, when her singing video goes viral and she gets another chance at callbacks, Lea finally wins a lead role thanks to the support of her sister, her new friends and Adrian.
Over the winter holidays, Lea and Adrian grow closer as they get honest and open up about their heartache over the deaths of their family members. As the new year begins, Adrian starts to come to life and rise from his misery, especially after Lea tours him around New York for his birthday adventure. The two soon become a couple after they share a magical kiss one snowy day.
As Lea and Adrian live out their teenage romance, everything comes to a sudden halt in the Spring after they’re caught in bed by Lisa after having fallen asleep. Despite having never been strict or conservative in her parenting style, Lisa expresses her concern about Lea and Adrian’s lightning fast relationship.
Feeling the pressure, Lea takes too much alcohol at the cast pre-party. A drunk Lea confronts her ex-boyfriend about cheating on her, only to have him kiss her in an attempt to win her back, which Adrian witnesses.
Ultimately, he breaks it off with Lea when he realizes that he is not ready for the ups and downs of a relationship with her, because he is still badly distressed over the traumatic fire that killed his family.
Yet again heartbroken, an angry, inebriated Lea lashes out, hurting the people she loves in the process. The coming week, she is absolutely alone, because she too has disappointed the two best friends she ever had: her Mom and her sister.
But the day before the spring musical, after an enlightening chat with Adrian, Lea realizes how she has messed up and how she must make it up to the people she hurt. The day of the show, she finally reconciles with her best friend, her new friends, her sister, her mother and Adrian, after they show up to support her performance.
In the summer, Lea’s family, along with Adrian, goes back to the Philippines for a vacation. There, Adrian finally accepts his family’s death and says goodbye to them. In a burst of inspiration, Lea decides to take her family on a trip to the ocean so they can scatter her Grandpa’s ashes. Having let go finally, Lea and Adrian move forward, together.