Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley (Polonius on QT) has signed with agent Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency.
We are seeking representation for THE GIRL BEFORE, a 75,000-word contemporary YA novel.
Megan Harper is a Rosaline. As in, Rosaline from Romeo and Juliet, the girl Romeo’s doting on before he meets Juliet — and promptly abandons when he does. Every one of Megan’s relationships has ended the same way — her ex replaces her with someone perfect. But instead of crying over every breakup, Megan spends her time on her two passions, pursuing her next fling and directing theater. She hates the spotlight, and she’s hoping to fulfill her dream directing college program’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.
Until Megan’s theater teacher casts her to play none other than Juliet in her school’s production of Romeo and Juliet — and she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright and fellow acting novice. In exchange for Megan’s help writing a play, Owen agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a hot hipster stagehand.
But between rehearsing for Romeo and Juliet’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival premiere and contending with her dad’s plans to move with Megan’s pregnant stepmom to New York, Megan begins to realize Owen — thoughtful, unconventional and utterly unlike her exes — might be the Romeo she never expected. Better yet, with him, she might finally be a Juliet.
Incorporating scenes from Romeo and Juliet, THE GIRL BEFORE is a story of love’s labors lost (and eventually found) and of feeling like a supporting character on everyone else’s stage.