WIP Title: Stumped
Word Count (projected/actual so far): 75K
Genre: YA Contemporary
How long have you been working on it?: Since December 2012
Elevator Pitch (if you came across an agent in an elevator ride, what couple of lines would you use to summarize your book): It's American Pie meets The Sessions as a 16-year-old double amputee struggles to dump the burden of his virginity.
Brief Synopsis (250 words or less): Sixteen-year-old Ozzy has a shelf groaning with swimming trophies. He also has his brother’s car, good buddies and a super-hot girlfriend who’s ready to take their relationship to the next level. Tonight. At the lake.
But a missing condom scuttles his plans for seduction. Furious with himself, Ozzy takes his girlfriend home and drives off - into the path of an oncoming truck. He wakes up in the hospital with both legs amputated above the knees.
It’s hard enough to come to terms with everything he’s lost, but when his girlfriend finally comes to visit and runs out of his hospital room gagging after one look at him, Ozzy knows he’s a hideous freak. He becomes convinced he blew his only chance at having sex.
Determined to prove he can still be a man despite his disability, Ozzy throws himself into dumping the burden of his virginity, but finds there’s a limited number of people willing to touch legless dudes in wheelchairs. He tries his luck with a fellow amputee in his support group, but with only one leg between them, the physical challenge leads to the first of many humiliating failures. Another goes viral on the internet. With every misadventure, it becomes increasingly obvious that if Ozzy is going to do it, he’ll have to pay for the privilege.
Are you looking for a Beta Reader?: Always! Fresh eyes are SO important.