Lucky me, I've spent my whole life being different, and lo and behold, I have also done it with my novel. I've never been much for classifying anything down to the nitty gritty (when asked about my various works, I usually like to say "it is what it is"), but something tells me that as I search for an agent and publishing, I am going to need to know where my story sits among the various genres. With my tongue loosely wagging about my cheek, I seek to affix a label to my book, as much as I wish I didn't even have to do so. My main character is twenty years old, and the secondary characters range from sixteen to twenty-three. There are a couple of older adults here and there. So is it "YA"? The story takes place in 1986. Is it "historical"? There's just enough sex to embarrass mom, but not enough to be called erotica, so that label is out. There is some romance. Perhaps even enough to call it "romance", but the story isn't itself about the romance. It's a little adventurous, but not in the sense of an epic journey or action packed. There are some funny parts, but it's certainly not comedy. It's simply the story of a young guy with big dreams of making it in the music business, and all the hapless things that happen along the way. He and his band find themselves on the cusp of success when the rug is snatched out from under him. The guys in his band betray his friendship and cause his girlfriend to leave him too. Having lost everything important to him, he finds himself alone in a city far from home, feeling like a total failure. Battling depression, loneliness and poverty, he struggles to pick up the pieces and put his life back together again. The story is done and heading off to my editor in the next few weeks. I've begun ruminating on query letters and so forth, but I have no idea what to call it as a whole, other than "fiction". Given this tiny amount of information, any ideas?