THE PACKING HOUSE is a Contemporary YA novel.
Logline: The Packing House is about a teen seeking normalcy in his chaotic life, who must also choose between protecting his dignity and exposing the person responsible for his debilitating nightmares.
Sixteen-year-old Joel Scrivener's nightmares are back and worse than ever. When he's not running from his mother's latest boyfriend, or his brother's pet project, or the root cause of his nightmares, he's holed up in the library, his sanctuary away from home. There he reads to escape, and writes stories and poems to purge all he can from a lousy, solitary homelife. That is, except when it's in the form of a letter from Amber Walker, the girl he's known most of his life, the one who may just give him the push he needs to stop running and face his problems so he can win her heart before it's too late.
When Joel accidentally falls asleep at school during study hall, he doesn't realize where he is. When Joel has a nightmare in front of his entire class, and someone pulls out their phone to record it, Joel awakens to a living nightmare where everyone knows the secret he's been running from his whole life. Bullied by this and a string of incidents at school, and an ill timed mid-year move from his loser of a mother, Joel is faced with a decision to stay where he's at, or leave and find his own path to an unlikely future of his making.
As Joel's life twists through a runaway course before him, Joel struggles to keep pace. Even worse? The root cause of his nightmares is only the beginning. When the cops show up, Joel must dig deep to tap into a toughness he never realized he had. He's going to need it if he hopes to steer the heart of Amber Walker away from her current boyfriend, or risk losing her forever.
THE PACKING HOUSE is a gritty YA contemporary stand-alone with duology potential, complete at 78,000 words that is SCARS meets BOY TOY. In addition to being a proud member of YAlitchat.org, I have spent the last decade working at a boarding school for underprivileged teens, and am currently working as a Therapeutic Support Staff with clients of varying mental health needs. I am also a state certified English teacher.
I have currently completed revisions and am writing book 2, UNPACKING. The final word count for book 1 is ~78,000.