Hi! I’m finally executing an idea that I’ve had for a while for a YA novel. I’d love some feedback on the plot/character arcs/ideas/ending. I’m very new to this so I’ll take all the help I can get with this WIP! Thanks!
Title: “Fame At First Sight”
Plot: Your modern day “meet-cute.” After flying to New York City for a class trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kaia, a straight edge photography student from Florida quite literally bumps into Hollywood’s newest heartthrob, Jonathan Banks. Even though he attempts to hide his identity with a disguise, paparazzi captures the encounter at the Met and the tabloids begin to wonder, who is Jonny’s new mystery girl? After his manager lures Kaia into his life with an offer she can’t refuse of a fake relationship publicity stunt, she fails to fall in love with him, but instead falls in love with the fame. This may be a love story, but not between two people.
Intro: Kaia is in her advanced senior photography class critique, her latest project being evaluated by her peers and professor.
Professor Ingram, who was a famous NYC Photographer when she was younger is being presented with an award for her new photography exhibit at the Met Museum. The Museum is funding her advanced class to come fly out and see the exhibit.
Kaia invites her best friend Coty to tag along on the trip, because they were planning on moving to NYC together after college. But after Coty and her boyfriend of 6 years break up, Coty backs out.
Kaia wants to stay home and be there for Coty, but she needs to learn to be selfish so Kaia has to embark on the big move after graduation on her own.
The class meet their professor at the airport, (the other 5 students and personalities are introduced here.) They explore NYC nightlife and after a dramatic night of encountering the wrong people, they end up drunkingly getting pizza and discussing each other’s struggles and passions and dreams.
After her professor’s speech and exhibit, Kaia walks around the Met alone and a young guy in dark clothing, a big hat and sunglasses praises her taste in art and the camera around her neck.
Oblivious to the whispering and stares, she’s unaware that it’s Hollywood’s hottest and upcoming actor, Jonathan Banks. He notices the paparazzi coming, grabs her hand and they run out of the museum together and end up in the tabloids.
After the realization of who she ran off with, she has no interest and goes back to her classmates, not realizing she dropped her business card when she dropped her purse on the way out.
She gets back to the hotel and receives a text from an unknown number: “Hey it’s Jon.”
After Jonathan’s manager/uncle questions him on this mystery girl, he has an idea of a proposition for this random girl.
They invite Kaia to lunch and offer to pay for her new apartment when she moves to NYC after graduation if she would be in a fake publicized relationship with Jonathan.
After stipulations and all the right answers to her questions, she agrees.
She stays in NYC after her classmates leave. Jon’s team move her into the Plaza Hotel and she starts to get used to the car service, the events, unlimited buffets and her name constantly in everyones mouth.
She tries drugs for the first time at after parties, is always drinking, and her eating disorder she overcame returns. She even kisses Jonathan’s uncle back when he puts the moves on her, until Jonathan walks in and finds them.
While she completely forgets that her dreams and passion for photography were the main reason she wanted to move to NYC and falls in love with the glamour, Jonathan falls in love with her.
(ending is unfinished, still figuring it out)
Intended Audience: teen/young adult
Genre: Young Adult, Chick-Lit
- Kaia goes from being a selfless, predictable straight edge to disregarding the consequences of her poor fame-contrived actions.
- Jonathan forgets about the movie career he’s worked so hard for and would give it all up for a girl who doesn’t feel the same way.
- Kaia lost all the most important people in her life due to the “importance” of fame.
*Switches btwn both Kaia’s and Jonathan’s POV.
*This started as a Timothee Chalamet fan-fiction.
Thank you so much for offering this service. I look forward to hearing from you!