Chasing Perfection: How To Create A Monster in the American South

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DRAMA FAMILY SATIRE YOUNG ADULT

1980s & '90s

Jeremy J. Banks

Logline

This is the story of Peter Valentine and his seven year odyssey of betrayal, sexual perversion, guilt, rage, alienation, and long buried family secrets.

Genre

Drama, Family, Satire, Young Adult

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Saint Louis, Missouri

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2008

Starting Description

The story is told in first person narrative and had three acts following Peter at the ages of 12, 14, and 19.

Ending Description

Peter attempts suicide by hanging himself and cutting his wrists but his mother, Sylvia finds him and gets him to the hospital and afterward, he is placed in a sanitarium. Sylvia then takes what is left of his father's life insurance and starts a community outreach center for at risk youth.

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse, Incest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Twist

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Main Character Details

Name: Peter Oliver Valentine

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Clumsy, Educated, Manipulative, Aggressive, Insecure, Underdog, Criminal, Funny, Narcissistic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sylvia Barrie Valentine

Age: 41

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Complex, Engaging, Insecure, Manipulative, Uneducated, Beautiful, Blunt, Confident, Desperate, Naive, Outspoken, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Oliver Valentine

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Blunt, Educated, Leader, Secretive, Complex, Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Modest, Perseverance

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Logline

This is the story of Peter Valentine and his seven year odyssey of betrayal, sexual perversion, guilt, rage, alienation, and long buried family secrets.

Short Summary

The story is told in first person narrative and had three acts following Peter at the ages of 12, 14, and 19.


Peter attempts suicide by hanging himself and cutting his wrists but his mother, Sylvia finds him and gets him to the hospital and afterward, he is placed in a sanitarium. Sylvia then takes what is left of his father's life insurance and starts a community outreach center for at risk youth.

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About The Author

Core Theme

Tragedy

Characters

Main Character

Name: Peter Oliver Valentine

Age: 12

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Clumsy, Educated, Manipulative, Aggressive, Insecure, Underdog, Criminal, Funny, Narcissistic

Character 1

Name: Sylvia Barrie Valentine

Age: 41

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Complex, Engaging, Insecure, Manipulative, Uneducated, Beautiful, Blunt, Confident, Desperate, Naive, Outspoken, Unapologetic

Character 2

Name: Oliver Valentine

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Blunt, Educated, Leader, Secretive, Complex, Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Modest, Perseverance

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