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message 1: by Josh Ryan (new)

Josh Ryan | 1 comments Hi everyone. I'm looking for a beta reader or critique partner for chapters of a novel. It's literary fiction, and I'm hoping for feedback on ~20k words (~7 chapters, 70 pages). Readers of literary or mainstream/contemporary fiction would especially be helpful - but anyone else's ideas would be graciously appreciated :) I'd be happy to return the favor.

A query letter style synopsis is below:
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Adam, nineteen, is released from the hospital after a failed suicide attempt. At home, he can’t seem to reconcile with his distraught parents or the five-year-old sister who found him bleeding on the floor. He’s forced into therapy with Dr. Richard White – a younger and more compassionate psychologist than the one Adam had pictured. Together, they aggressively explore Adam’s depression and his trauma from a deadly fire that fragmented his family long ago.

In the waiting room, though, Adam meets Cherith – a punky teenage girl. Against Richard’s advice, they begin to date and Adam feels happy for the first time in as long as he can remember. Even when Cherith tells him she has cancer, Adam promises to stay with her, always. But on Valentine’s night, Cherith faints during a roller coaster ride and everything changes. Adam’s storm of emotions manifest in vivid visions of a crow carrying a beating human heart, an amusement park made entirely of shimmering light, or the image of Cheri and him dancing under the violet skies in the swaying red grass blades of heaven.

Adam desperately wants to believe these images are showing him a path to some afterlife where Cheri and he can be together forever. But Richard might be Adam’s only hope of finding a healthy means of coping with his pain.


message 2: by J.R. (new)

J.R. Alcyone | 303 comments I have no availability to read until September 10, but if you don't find a reader &/or can wait, I'd be willing to read for you. I prefer to work with a Word document, but I can also work with a PDF. Private message me for my email address.


message 3: by Craig (new)

Craig T | 22 comments Hi Josh - sounds like the kind of thing I might enjoy. I only read literary fiction! PM for email address.
Craig


message 4: by Izzy (new)

Izzy K (izzylightwoodii) | 53 comments Hi, this sounds like something I would enjoy beta reading. DM me to sort out the details.


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