Dear Agent, (I would of course put their name there!!)
Rose can’t help it. Having the All-American family that deliberately chooses to pretend she doesn't exist despite being over 400 pounds at the age of sixteen, she can’t help but eat.
Juliet is wasting away. Even though she wants to live a normal life, she just can’t quiet the monster inside that tells her being 100 pounds means she’s fat. It also doesn't help that her former pageant mother is too busy with her newest boyfriend “Dave” to see that she’s slowly dwindling away to nothing.
When Rose and Juliet are partnered up for an English assignment to exchange e-mails over the summer, they aren't quite sure why the teacher thought they could “learn something from each other.” Rose claims she’s working all summer and Juliet writes about her vacation to Hawaii. In reality, Rose was forcefully sent to Hidden Hollow Fat Camp and Juliet is stuck in Shining Oasis Rehab Center for Eating Disorders. When a life shattering event happens, they turn to each other for help and the truth of their summer vacation whereabouts comes out.
Summer Letters, 55,000 words, is a coming-of-age story that explores the difficulties teenagers face while exploring unlikely friendships. There are YA novels out there about eating disorders, my favorite being Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, but what sets mine apart from the others is that you get to see both sides of the spectrum. Told from the point of views of Rose and Juliet, you really get to understand the struggles they both face with body image.
After attending the DFWCON conference in 2012 and again in 2014, I joined a local writer’s group and feel that I've come into my own unique voice. Being a middle school English teacher, I pull from my experiences, and love for the students, to help portray teenage angst in the most real way possible. I would love to send you more of Rose and Juliet’s story and look forward to hearing back from you soon.
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