Alex Dean Is Asking For It synopsis
A young woman in 1990’s New York City finds her dream job as a music writer at Blast. Thrilled to be able to introduce the mostly male staff to her new expository interview technique, she soon discovers the only thing they want her to expose is her underwear. As she tries to recover from a series of humiliations, she discovers the cassette of a new band, Flux, whose sound is unlike anything she—or the world—has ever heard before.
After her boss grudgingly gives her a green light to write the story, the straightforward assignment becomes anything but. Alex chases the band to Dublin where her heart is broken by the drummer and her career’s put in jeopardy when the singer disappears and she finds herself stranded overseas having missed her flight home and too broke to buy a new ticket.
Instead, turning her attention to tracking down the singer, then returning home with the story of the century, Alex becomes desperate and dives into all manner of rabbit holes. Ignoring her friends’ concern that she’s losing her mind, she ends up in ever-more crazy and dangerous situations. Exhausted and defeated, she wanders into an old veteran’s lodge the night before she’s meant to fly back to the States. There, alone at a back table, she finds the singer. Over shots of whisky, he tells her everything: his hopes, dreams and reasons for wanting to escape the spotlight. He also tells her she can't write about their conversation, but promises he'll give her a proper interview in the near future. A week later, he’s found dead, leaving Alex to struggle with their agreement. Looking for a way into her story, Alex comes to understand that as his voice has gone silent, she must find a way to raise hers above the noise.
Best-selling author Nicola Kraus, The Nanny Diaries:
Lauren Spencer perfectly captures coming of age in the 90s, the thrill of finding a new world and a new sound wholly our own. The added bonus is seeing it all through the eyes of Alex, Spencer’s thoroughly relatable and hilarious, heroine. If you ever carried a mosh-pit bruise as a badge of honor you will love Alex Dean Is Asking For It.
Currently out to agents. Please contact me if you are one of those and would like to discuss.