This is sooo fun. A blogfest contest? The challenge is to set up a pitch for your book in two sentences (35 words or less) and then add the first 150 words (or to the end of that sentence) for awesome agent Ammi-Joan Paquette. The blogfest part is this weekend--officially starting Sunday, the 15th. Critique my pitch, my opening lines, whatever, and I'll bebop over to check yours out too! Then on the 17th we post our refined pitches/entries onto Brenda Drake's blog. Ammi will pick some winners and request pages! And go to Brenda's blog if you want to join in the fun, I'm sure it's not too late!
Here we go!!
Title: Where Are Boys From, Uranus?
Genre: YA Romantic Comedy
Word Count: 80,000
Pitch: A snarky, idealistic teenager blames her terrible dates on the blunderheaded boys, but after dating her used-to-be-fake boyfriend behind her friend's back, she realizes maybe boys aren't the bad guys after all. Maybe she is.
Maybe he’s just really shy. That’s why he won’t look at me.
“I like lots of different bands,” I say in response to my date’s fifty-billionth question. But I feel like I’m trying to get to know the steak knife instead of Tyson. All I’ve seen of him since we got to The Mango Grill is the top of his blonde, healthy hair.
He nods. Is it to let me know he’s listening? Or to make me think he’s listening?
Why did I say anything? If I keep quiet maybe he’ll actually look up at me. Maybe he spilled some sauce on his pants and the spot is shaped like a hula dancer.
I tap my fingers on my thigh. The Mango Grill is one of the few good restaurants in Cypress, so I’ve been here a million times. Decals of surfers and beaches cover the walls, and they use real cloth napkins and everything.