My young adult contemporary SLEEPING AROUND is about a foster-care escapee searching to belong at college. Eighteen-year-old freshman CORA LI has never belonged—not with her unknown parents in Taiwan or at her past eleven foster homes. But Cora must belong at Borns College. She’s supposed to live in Harmony Hall, make good grades, and sit first chair violinist. She’s not supposed to show up on move-in day without a room, rejected from the music program. So when Residence Life shoves her into a temporary triple after effing up her room assignment, and one of her new roommates throws her out, she struggles to keep hold of her dream to belong. Cora begins sleeping around campus—from air mattresses to drainage tunnels—while waiting for reslife to call with an open room.
College feels like the foster care system Cora’s trying to escape, complete with incompetent adults and bitchy peers. Then her plummeting grades threaten her with academic probation. But despite her friendship fall-outs, messy romances, and lack of a room, Cora refuses to be another foster care statistic.
SLEEPING AROUND is complete at 73k words. Fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before will connect with the youthful narrator in this Girls Like Us meets Pitch Perfect story set at a quirky college. Taiwanese and foster-care sensitivity readers have also read my manuscript to ensure the authenticity of Cora’s experience.
Sleeping Around is . . .
Hazen’s Shifty meets Pitch Perfect via To All the Boys I’ve Love Before + present day + foster care + college + coffee shop + autumn + music + violin + unexpected friendships + first love + wrong crowd + regret + overcoming obstacles + pumpkin picking + strict professors + understanding foster parents + hope + belonging + independence + trust + identity