Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Break Reading Challenge (10)

What a cool activity! Karin the Librarian, hostess of the Summer Break Reading Challenge, has asked participants to create a book cover using a few online generators. Using the sites she's provided, you need to create:

-a fake author name
-a one-word title in the form of a verb
-a cover with a photo from a flickr CC site

Here's my result and my description of what this book would be about, if I was actually going to write it:
Told from two points of view, Slurp is the harrowing story of what alcohol can do to a family.

To everyone who knew her, Vanessa seemed to have the perfect life. She was a popular girl in high school. She earned good grades. When she became pregnant with her son right after high school and married her long-time boyfriend, her family and friends were thrilled. Vanessa seemed like she was excited, too.

On the inside, Vanessa was a wreck. She had always thought of herself as a girl who could make it out of her town. She envisioned a life filled with the hustle and bustle of the city. College. Travel. Independence. After she got pregnant and her boyfriend become her husband, Vanessa felt all of her dreams slip away. To numb her pain, she turned to alcohol.

For as long as Aidan can remember, his mother has always had a drink in her hand. Sometimes, he comes home from school and she's happy. On these days, she sings in the kitchen and makes dinner for him and his father. Other days, Aidan finds his mother in locked in her bathroom and crying. Or worse--Silent.

When an unexpected tragedy forces Vanessa to become sober, she is forced to look at the result of her years of drinking. Will she be able to remain sober for son? Can she salvage any of the dreams she once held so dearly?
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So, this story sounds pretty gritty and emotional. It's interesting, because I went looking for a picture of a slurpy being slurped. (What a weird word, "slurp".) I thought that I could write a super cute little description for a teen romance or something. But, there were no such pictures. This one, a much darker image, stood out among all of the dog tongues and coffee mugs. This picture did not lend itself to a teen romance or a sunny story. It had to be depressing. But, I'm in hopes that this story would have a realistic ending, where mother and son both found a better life situation. I don't know what that would be, but I would hope to leave them in a better spot than where they started. 

What do you think happens??


  1. what a fun crazy idea. Love it :) your book sounds innnnteresting....

  2. should write this. I would definitely read it! Very creative!

  3. Uh, wow that sounds pretty good. I love the cover its perfect!

  4. This sounds like it would become an Oprah's Booklist choice for sure!

  5. I recently did my first book cover and had a lot of fun with it . This one works for well with the book Great job.

  6. Great book this is going to be!

  7. Hahaha, great idea! I totally would have read this

  8. You're right, the picture is perfect for an alcoholism novel. Loved the synopsis....I would read it!

  9. What a perfect cover and a fantastic, detailed synopsis! I hope Vanessa would get help to treat her alcoholism and find a way to pursue some of the dreams she feels like she was forced to give up - perhaps she'll enroll in a community college class and find that she still has a knack for writing beautiful poetry. Her son will read some of his mother's poetry, realize how much she cares about him, and begin to work on forgiving her and finding a way to reconnect with her as she works on her recovery.

  10. WOW! Amazing picture and really edgy synopsis.

  11. I love that you came up with something so edgy despite having a word that automatically makes me giggle on hearing it (or is that just me being dumb?? lol) Ace cover too!

  12. hmmm... I'm thinking that the mother and son have a falling out but years later she gets a hold on her addiction and he's able to forgive her and the book ends with them learning to love each other again. lol. There's your ending! Slurp would hard! You did a good job!



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