Query Entry #32
Genre: YA Contemporary
Dear Ms. LaPolla:
As a sixteen-year-old social pariah and reform school attendee, Ben Callahan knows what it’s like to feel invisible. It doesn’t help that his older brother Crick is *that* guy— the one every girl wants to date and every guy wants to be. But when Crick decides to chase a handful of Tylenol with a bottle of vodka, it flips the world on its axis for everyone he leaves behind, including Ben.
When Ben rummages through his brother’s stuff— mostly to see if there’s anything cool he can swipe— he uncovers a note from “M” and two simple words complicate everything: I’m pregnant. It’s soon obvious that Miriam, Crick’s perfect girlfriend, is not pregnant. But Marissa, the so-called school skank, is.
As Ben digs into his brother’s past, he must reconcile the fact that the Crick everyone knew was only one version of the whole. And ultimately Ben must decide what’s more important: revealing the skeletons in his brother’s closet or getting rid of the ones in his own.
My contemporary YA novel REQUIEM is complete at 49,000 words and is told through multiple points of view. I have an MFA in creative writing and am a member of SCBWI.
I’m querying you because you’ve requested material from me in the past and I know you are a fan of coming-of-age stories, specifically The Catcher in the Rye, which in many ways inspired my manuscript.
Thank you for your time and consideration.