I am writing my first novel and am struggling with how to format/develop the plot. The basic premise is this: A girl has grown up witnessing abuse, drugs, and disjointed family life, but has had just enough support, love and mental strength to develop into an interesting and strong character. She has a passionate up-and-down relationship with an aspiring rock star and becomes pregnant, but is waiting for the right time to tell the father. Before she can, he dies in car accident while driving drunk. While recovering from this tragedy with the help of an unlikely friend, she miscarries. Reeling from back-to-back tragedies, she flees to a childhood fantasy location to jump off a cliff. The unlikely friend shows up unexpectedly to try to save her and they both go over the edge—but instead of falling to their deaths, they are spared by a jagged ledge, and the friend becomes a double amputee but keeps a surprisingly positive outlook on life. This inspires the young woman to move on and make a new life as an adult, using her past grievances to learn and grow. Happy ending. I am experimenting with mixing up the timeline—starting with the cliff, then jumping back in time for some character development and childhood memories, with the book ending back at the cliff and then the happy ending. Should the middle of the book read in chronological order from childhood, or should it start with the main events and mix in some important childhood memories? Is there enough interest in this plot to carry an entire novel, or do I need a larger hook? I am writing from the girl's perspective. Should I add in other perspectives, like the unlikely friend, boyfriend, brother? Feedback from fellow writers would be greatly valued, as I always have trouble seeing my work with a clean, unbiased perspective.