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.
Your WIP sounds amazing. I love the elevator pitch, and the synopsis is great. Best of luck with it!ReplyDelete
Well I would be sold on that pitch. It's intriguing, different, and the synopsis makes it sound like fun. Good luck!ReplyDelete
I do like the premise of this book. It sounds like you have tragedy with moments of humor through his misadventures. Thanks for participating and I wish you the best with this! (:ReplyDelete
I like the premise. It sounds dark and funny, which is right up my alley.ReplyDelete
Yikes. Sounds awkward, and fun, and deeply troubling at the same time. Great pitch!ReplyDelete
This has the makings of something really special. Good luck with it and thanks for taking part today! :)ReplyDelete
It kinda sounds more NA than YA to me (I guess it would depend on how "into" the content you get). Interesting concept though :)ReplyDelete
"Double amputee" somehow rings wrong to me, but other than that, everything looks great. This sounds like it's a funny read.ReplyDelete
Interesting! Can imagine this being sad, funny, and a whole lot of other emotions - lots of luck getting it written :)ReplyDelete
Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
Cool premise! So is it a comedy? By the synop it sounds a bit like one, but maybe I got the wrong impression. Either way I think it could work great! Best of luck!ReplyDelete
I love this and really want to read it. I don't read YA because it seems a little to sweet sometimes, but this is such a raw and honest premise for a teenage boy. If you want some fresh eyes, I am available.ReplyDelete
Sounds like it'll have a mixture of tragedy and humor. Gonna feel a lot of emotions reading this. ;)ReplyDelete
This sounds amazing! Something I would definitely read!ReplyDelete
Sounds really cool!ReplyDelete
The Other Side
Aww, I feel sorry for Ozzy! I'd definitely read this.ReplyDelete
Great pitch and synopsis.... What I love about it is that it's a unique premise... I need to get my butt into gear and start reading it:)ReplyDelete
Thanks for all the fantastic feedback! I was worried no one would be interested in Ozzy and his bizarre journey. It's so reassuring to hear that so many of you would be....ReplyDelete
Holy cow -- I can honestly say I've never read anything like this. Unique and intriguing!ReplyDelete
That's intriguing! You've got a great YA going here.ReplyDelete
This sounds tricky. There's nothing humorous about a teenage boy -- or anyone -- losing his legs, but it sounds as if you plan on infusing Ozzy's story with a lot of humor. Tricky and risky and daring, which is often the combination for a real winner!ReplyDelete
I Love the way this seems to be headed! What a unique setting!ReplyDelete
Would love to read it whenever you need a beta! Great pitch!
The title Stumped fits the book to a T. The story definitely has stirred my curiosity.
I'm not sure this is something I'm normally pick up, but it does sound like it takes a great view on the reality for many people!ReplyDelete
I bet this one has tons of opportunity for humor... but it also seems really sad.ReplyDelete
Great title. Oh the struggles of youth. Poor guy. I imagine this one is a humorous, yet deep read.ReplyDelete
Aww, poor Ozzy. I'd love to know what happens next!ReplyDelete