YA Contemporary: 18 yo takes on her high school and small town after they turn a blind eye to her brother's sexual assault
Hi, I’m Bidisha. I’m currently working on an edgy contemporary which has garnered interest from a particularly well-known editor, so I’m really looking to wrap this up soon. Unfortunately, I’m quite a slow writer, no thanks to a full time job as a content writer. I’m looking for a CP I can work with regularly, so we can keep pushing each other 🙂
I mostly write YA, but I’m interested in writing across genres. I want to write a screenplay/pilot someday, too! Big movie/tv show buff.
I can read anything, as long as it has women characters with agency.
Some of my favorite YA writers are Courtney Summers, Nova Ren Suma, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jaclyn Moriarty, Sabaa Tahir, Sara Farizan, Jason Reynolds, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera – the list is long! Other favorite writers are Sylvia Plath, Emily Bronte, Andre Aciman, Meena Kandasamy, Sue Townsend.
I’m a sucker for beautiful prose and angry women characters.
Open to reading anything, as long as it qualifies the Bechdel Test.
TW: sexual assault, anxiety
Eighteen year old Indian-American Brinda has two major worries post high school: how to get into the most competitive dance program in the country and what to do about the non-desi boy she’s sneaking into her room at night.
But when her younger brother, Ishan, is sexually assaulted by the well-respected, church-going, high school principal, and the entire town turns a blind eye, her world capsizes.
As Ishan ends up the target of racial and homophobic attacks that almost keep him out of school, and their family tries to grapple with hostility and isolation from a community that refuses to accept the truth of what happened one Friday afternoon, Brinda rages an all-out war against the town she calls home and the people she has grown up with. Little does she know of the ugly secrets it will unravel.
Day 1: Thursday
The boy is not sure why the school principal is using the students’ bathroom instead of the teachers’ bathroom.
He thinks of zipping up and leaving but he lost out on a bet with his best friend and had a gallon of lemonade, and if he doesn’t let it out now, he’s surely wetting his pants. He tries to pretend that he hasn’t seen Principal Holden come in and stand one urinal away from him. He concentrates on the wall instead.
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“Hello, there.” The boy curses under his breath. Principal Holden is addressing him. There’s no one else around. He should have gone into a stall, like he always does. But it’s after school hours and there was no one around and he could not wait.
“Hello, Mr. Holden.” The boy turns halfway, mumbles at the floor, not sure where to look.
“I thought the students had left by now.”
“Science project, Mr. Holden.” How long does it take to pee? He’s obviously filling an ocean but the principal should have been done by now.
A pause. “Ahh.” Pause. “I see.” There’s a shuffle. It sounds like the man is buckling up—there’s the zip and the belt—and then he’s right next to the boy.
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