I have decided – with much angst and excitement – to enter Auntie B’s Book Club Contest. In order to do so, I must provide a 35-word pitch (logline) and the first 250 words of my manuscript. These entries will be judged by Brenda Drake’s teen book club, and the girls will pick the top three that caught their attention – the ones they’d pick up and buy in a book store. Pretty awesome opportunity to get an opinion from my target audience, don’t you think? 😀
I need to email my entry to Brenda by 11.59pm EST Wednesday 20 July (that’s 1.59pm Thursday 20 July in Bris-Vegas). So, before I do that, I’d like to get your feedback (gulp!). Below are the details of my entry. Let me know what you think!
For the first time since I was twelve, my bedroom walls were stripped bare. Only one poster was left to take down – a close up of Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo. I’d left it till last on purpose. The rest of my posters I was chucking out, but this one was coming with me. If I got in trouble from our landlord for one stinking poster, so be it.
I climbed up our wobbly aluminium ladder till I was level with the poster then reached over and peeled the blu-tack from the wall. The final corner was a little out of reach so I went up on my tiptoes, but just as I grabbed it, I lost my balance and slipped. I gasped as a jagged line ripped through Leo’s face and half of him fell to the ground, landing next to my packed suitcase.
‘No,’ I moaned, gripping the ladder so hard my hands hurt. Everything was going wrong today. First I’d broken the antique picture frame Mum gave me for my seventeenth birthday, now this.
Hot, angry tears filled my eyes as I climbed down the ladder, grabbed the poster-half, and ripped it into pieces. What the hell was I thinking, going ahead with this crazy move? There was no way it was going to work; I should’ve put an end to the idea the first time Mum mentioned it. But I didn’t, and now I was moving into a share-house with Cindy Carter and Robert Grey – two people who thought I was as worthwhile as a smear of dog crap on one of their shoes.