Thursday, April 9, 2015

Name That Genre #13

TITLE: YA
GENRE: Secret

There should be some sort of school program—like the ones for super-smart students—that addresses the needs of the recently dumped. That way, the one who’s been dumped could ease back into single life without having everyone offering a running commentary or making up ridiculous reasons why the dumpage occurred in the first place. Plus, you'd get coaching on what to say when friends ask you why he broke things off when all he said was “it isn’t working between us”.

And no, this isn’t only about me. There must be others out there dealing with the same situation. It’s just that no one’s stepped forward to share the spotlight of humiliation yet.

Chester High’s cafeteria is the last place I want to be, but Dana and Sherry insist this small act of bravery will prevent the stories of my junior-year breakup from reaching new levels of ultimate embarrassment.

28 comments:

  1. YA romance.

    Nice informality to the voice. And there's a sense of motion, that this is going somewhere, in the first 150 words, rather than infodump. Good start.

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  2. Contemporary romance

    Nice. That is how kids think.

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  3. Contemporary/romance

    Starting off with being dumped makes it seem like this story will be about getting another guy.

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  4. Contemporary romance
    The language and setting feel present day and the focus on her broken relationship feels like the set-up for a new romance.

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  5. Contemporary.

    Teen girl dealing with a break up, sounds Contemporary to me.

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  6. Romance
    Talking about her love life.

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    1. modern high school setting, tone, and broken heart

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  9. ROMANCE.

    It starts with a break up, so yeah, romance

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  10. contemporary romance

    Girl dealing with a break-up, in what sounds like a modern high school.

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  11. Contemporary romance! You had me at "dumped."

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  12. YA contemporary

    I'm not sure this is a romance yet. It might be about the MC finding her own way without another guy but it feels contemporary.

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  13. Romance. Love the voice. I do think though that the first few sentences could use some tightening - they read a little stilted.

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  14. Romance

    dumpage...that's a great word. The jilted young lover = romance.

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  15. Contemporary

    Normal modern teen. The genre could be romance, but I have a sense it's going to take a different turn.

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  16. YA Romance
    Contemporary. Typical. Yes, "dumpage" is a fun word.

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  17. Contemporary.

    The normal school setting.

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  18. Contemporary Realism/Romance.

    Clue that it's a here-and-now story: word choice "dumpage."

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  19. Contemporary. Probably romance since it starts out with a break-up.

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  20. Contemporary. Probably Romance

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  21. Contemporary romance. Begins with heartbreak.

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  22. Romance.

    MC dealing with recent, apparently unprovoked, breakup with her boyfriend. Feels like she won't consider herself acceptable (her being embarrassed about it) to her peers until she's with somebody (her ex or someone new).

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  23. Contemporary. Maybe romance, but I'm leaning toward general drama/coming-of-age

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  24. Contemporary

    HIgh school cafeteria setting

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  25. This is my entry. It's YA Contemporary Romance.

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  26. Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

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