View Full Version : Betas wanted: contemporary YA

trolly dei
08-14-2011, 11:21 PM
Iím looking for betas for my contemporary YA, APEIRON. Hereís a rough draft of my query:

Emily is having a mid mid-life crisis.
After a freak encounter at gunpoint leaves her unharmed and wondering how afraid she ought to feel, Emily decides itís time to re-evaluate her priorities. She wants a fresh start on life, and most of all, independence. Emily vows to get rid of nearly all her possessions by the time she graduates high school in the spring; she hates the idea of being tied down by anything.
When Bonnie, her sort-of best friend, abandons her drunk at a teacherís house, it might be time to get rid of Bonnie, too. As the contents of her room gradually end up with friends, in the lost and found, or in random trees, Emily turns to Cho Park: an intimidating and fiercely independent classmate. Emily also takes up Greek philosophy, thanks to an eager teacher and a library book she may end up keeping.
Emily is determined to figure out who she is and what she stands for, apart from all her money, magazines, and clothes. Her parents might not understand it, and Bonnie certainly doesnít like being ignored, but Emily must decide for herself what (and who) she wants to keep in her life.
Written as two thirds narrative and one third quirky, aphoristic journal entries, APEIRON is a 55 000 word contemporary YA novel with a literary bent.

Iíve been revising the novel for a few months now, and Iím fairly confident in the grammar and writing itself. What Iím looking for is an overall opinion of the book- does it flow well? Is the plot engaging? Is there enough conflict? Is the ending satisfying? I'm not afraid of brutal honesty. Previous betas have said they liked the voice, dialogue, and humor, but they said Apeiron was much more literary, and much less typical high school story, soÖ be warned. This book might be for you, if:
-you like atypical YA novels
-you donít believe every YA novel needs to revolve around romance
-you enjoy substantial amounts of irony.

You can read a sample of the journal entries here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220999). If youíre interested, leave a comment or PM me! Thank you :)

08-15-2011, 01:46 AM
She's having a mid-life crisis at the age of 17 or 18? That's usually reserved for 40-50 year olds.

08-16-2011, 03:19 AM
She's having a mid-life crisis at the age of 17 or 18? That's usually reserved for 40-50 year olds.

i think that's why she called it a mid-mid-life crisis, and i got the impression it was inspired by the near-death experience.