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PW2019 YA #05: NO, I LOVE YOU, & OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO SAY (Contemporary)
Mentee:
Thais Vitorelli
Mentored by:
Sonia Hartl and Annette Christie
Book Title:
NO, I LOVE YOU, & OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO SAY
Category:
Young Adult
Genre:
Contemporary
Word Count:
62,000

Pitch:

Sixteen-year-old Carrie was ditched by her mom for Italy, her father’s harboring a secret, and her crush body-slammed her heart. Escaping to the beach, Carrie turns to cooking and her BFF's lips for comfort, but if she dives head first into the unexpected, she risks her friendship with the only person who’s never taken her for granted.

 

Excerpt:

My last week in junior year looks like the evolution of MTV: everything good about it changed and the boring stuff stayed the same.

This morning, my mom got an email from the Women Traveling Together agency. There’s an opening on the Art History Tour in Florence, for divorced women, that she’s been waitlisted on for months. Since I am not an artist, nor divorced, and—as good ol’ Britney Spears would say—not yet a woman, it can only mean she’s abandoning me, her only child, for twenty days right when summer kicks off, the only season that matters, the season of the year which all the other seasons prepare you for (and everyone who prefers other seasons are simply wrong), and I’ll have to stay in Philadelphia with a living being I haven’t properly talked to in a month. Dad.

As for being Chemistry lab partners with Jamie Adams and still having no chemistry with him whatsoever, well, that didn’t change. I’ve loved every Wednesday, the day I’ve had the pleasure of sitting next to him. Today, however, is the last Wednesday of the school year.

So now I have two choices: either I pray to Chris Evans and all the other gods there are to let me be Jamie’s lab partner next year, miraculously be asked to be his girlfriend, and we fall in love (which is so not happening). Or I make a move in the next eleven minutes.

7 responses to “PW2019 YA #05: NO, I LOVE YOU, & OTHER THINGS THAT ARE HARD TO SAY (Contemporary)”

  1. Tara Gilbert says:

    You have a great voice for contemporary YA and I love this premise. Please use the link below to submit the full along with a synopsis and query letter.

    Thank you for considering me! If more than one Corvisiero agent shows interest, please choose one of us submit to and let them know who else liked the pitch, so that we can share it with each other.

    QueryMe.online/TaraGilbert/Requested

  2. Tara Gonzalez says:

    Hi Thais,

    I would absolutely love to read this – will you send me your query and first 20 pages to tara@emliterary.com at your convenience, and mention Pitch Wars in the subject? There’s no timeline on my end, just whenever you feel ready!

    Thanks so much!

    Tara Gonzalez
    Associate Agent
    Erin Murphy Literary Agency
    http://emliterary.com/

  3. Dana Murphy says:

    OMG that MTV joke killed me – I’d love to read more. Please send the first 50pgs and a query letter to submissions@thebookgroup.com, with my name in the subject line and #PitchWars somewhere in the body of the email. Thank you and best of luck!

  4. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to keep reading. May I please see the full manuscript + synopsis? It would also be great if you could include ‘Pitch Wars Request’ in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you! 

    Lauren Spieller, TriadaUS Literary Agency
    lauren@triadaus.com

  5. Kari Sutherland says:

    Ooh! I’m definitely in the mood for something funny and charming and Carrie’s voice certainly delivers an edgy humor I adore. Please query me with “Pitch Wars” in the title here: https://querymanager.com/query/Kari_Sutherland_Query_Form
    Looking forward to reading more!

  6. Christa Heschke says:

    Your voice is amazing and you had me laughing after line 1! I’d love to see this. Please send the full manuscript and query to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com. Please put “Pitch Wars request” and the title in the subject line. Can’t wait to read!
    –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  7. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Thais,

    I would love to see this! Can you send your query and first fifty pages to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com, with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,
    Penelope