As we try to get back into the swing of things here at the QQQE, it always helps to have queries to read and critique. It's what we're best at, so please keep them coming. I've only got one person waiting in line after Lori, so if you know anyone who needs help with their query, please send them over. All they have to do is email me.
Now, today we've got Lori's query. I'm waiting on confirmation from her, but I think this is her blog/website. If not, I'll correct the link. UPDATE: I heard back from Lori. That is her blog, but she also has a book review blog, which you can find here.
Now, her letter:
Dear Mr. or Ms. Agent,
Seventeen-year-old Molly Hatfield's childhood friend Preston is the boy next door, the kid whose shorts end up around his ankles every time he dives into the pool. Now she wonders who this fifteen-year-old bundle of sex-on-a-stick is in front of her and what he did with Preston.
When Molly's mom suddenly dies, the idea of spending this summer -- like every summer before -- at Breaker Beach is impossible to imagine. Before she leaves, a margarita induced lapse in judgment causes her to lock lips with Preston; even though she's made it clear he's too young for her. Her best friend Abi cautions that if she doesn’t call dibs on him soon, somebody else will. Then her summer crush Noah admits he loves her... like a friend, and he's gay. Finally, just as she starts to acknowledge her feelings for Preston she begins to suspect he's hooking up with Abi.
When someone enters her in a vocal contest at the end of summer she decides to swallow her fears and compete in memory of her mom. What she doesn't count on is Abi and Preston flying in together to surprise her before the show along with her dad and his new girlfriend.
Complete at 62,000 words, BREAKER is a contemporary romance for young adults that I believe will appeal to fans of Jenny Han, Sarah Ockler and Ann Brashares.
I've included the first five pages below. Thank you for your consideration.
Please save your feedback for tomorrow, and thank Lori for sharing her query with us!