Hey all! I'm working on a query for a mentorship application (they hook you up with an author or editor who helps polish for publication and whatnot), and would love to get some thoughts on what I've got. A friend of mine who won one of those query contests (and got an agent) said the hook and closer were fine but the plot details in the middle were a bit muddled. Mica is a dangerously bored fifteen-year-old girl who thinks she’s got the world figured out. But pursuing an ill-fated fling with her best friend’s older brother teaches her she’s not as grown and worldly as she’d originally believed. Mica’s a smart girl underperforming in school in favor of having fun. She deals with slut shaming boys and concerned adults by insisting none of it is a big deal to her. What is important to her is trying to convince college sophomore Jonah, her best friend’s older brother, they belong together. Mica is elated when she succeeds at this, and even more despondent when he ultimately breaks things off. Cracks in her “I-don’t-care” façade spread as she navigates a crazy summer reunion with her troublemaking ex-boyfriend Liam, who encourages her heightened interest in only having fun. She loses the trust of her best friend when the truth about her relationship with Jonah is revealed, and her future is jeopardized when her worried parents don’t believe she’s mature enough to go away to her dream creative arts boarding school. When she finally wakes up and realizes the party life isn’t as grand as she thought it’d be, and just how much growing up she has left to do, it may be too late to fix things. Nice Girls is a contemporary YA novel at 65,000 words. My writing has appeared in various literary publications including Quaint Magazine and The Butter, and my YA short fiction piece “You’re Too Wonderful to Die” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I have also published a chapbook, Manic Depressive Dream Girl, (Maudlin House, October 2015) focused on the early relationship of Mica’s parents.