Name: Jeanmarie Anaya
Title: OPERATION BREAKUP
Genre: Contemporary YA
Word count: 78,000 words
Tagline: Crushing on the hottest senior in school who already has the perfect girlfriend is a lose-lose situation for sixteen-year-old artist Abby Wheeler, until a shady frenemy proposes a foolproof plan for attaining the unattainable.
First 250 words:
Ian Koch had no business telling me where to sit. Talk about pissing me off royally.
He lifted one hand, looking like it pained him to wave me over. Great. Front row. As if Global History wasn’t excruciatingly bad enough. I dragged my feet to the chair next to him, then slammed my ass down so hard I was almost paralyzed.
I’ve never liked sitting up front. Aside from looking like a bonafide dork, Mr. Rausch has this charming habit of spitting whenever he’s passionate about war (which, in Global History, is just about every day). And since spit-shields aren’t sold in the school supplies section at Staples, I steer clear of the front row. Hiding somewhere in the middle suits me fine, anyway. It’s a way of life.
“Should we sit at Mr. Rausch’s desk instead?” I tapped my pen on the side of the teacher’s desk. “Maybe do the lesson for him, too, while we’re at it? Just saying.”
Ian smirked. “I didn’t make Dean’s List by hiding in the back of the classroom.”
“I don’t hide.”
“Please. You’re a perpetual hider, have been since kindergarten.”
I scowled. “I have awards, too, you know.”
“Art awards don’t count, sweetheart.”
No less than five minutes into Global Studies and the first stab of a migraine had already pierced my left eyeball. It started at the exact moment I’d shoved my hand into that paper bag and pulled out a slip of paper with Ian Koch’s name scrawled on it.