Still Balancing at the Edge of My Mind

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CRIME YOUNG ADULT MYSTERY RELIGIOUS MELODRAMA ADVENTURE CHILDREN'S DRAMA FAMILY MEMOIR BIOGRAPHICAL ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA FAMILY RELIGIOUS YOUNG ADULT MYSTERY

1960s & '70s

Jonell Restivo

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Logline

Trapped IN A WORLD I NEVER MADE, HOW I SURVIVED DECADES OF BETRAYAL, ABANDONMENT ABUSE AND LOSS....

Genre

Crime, Young Adult, Mystery, Religious, Melodrama, Adventure, Children's, Drama, Family, Memoir, Biographical,,Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Family,Religious,Young Adult,Mystery

Short Summary

Mother a hard core Beatnik, painted on the sidewalks in Greenwich Village. My father would pack the car taking me to my dream world of creatives. Mother became pregnant, abortion was seriously considered. In the delivery room the head nurse was paid to forge a certificate making me 1 year older.


Parents joins a religious cult, disowning me for leaving. I spent my entire life alone grieving.

Setting

Born on Staten Island, lived in Manhattan NYC, moved to the Bronx NY

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Joan, Jonell Restivo, creative brilliant and telepathic.

Age: 5

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Secretive, Honorable, Leader, Blunt, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Adventurous, Empathetic, Visionary, Flexible, Crazy, Perseverance, Skillful, Outspoken, Aspiring, Beautiful, Charming, Desperate, Gracious,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Desperate,Engaging,Gracious,Insecure,Underdog,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Secretive,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Sophisticated,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Mother, Jean

Age: 30s

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex, Crazy, Desperate, Manipulative, Religious, Secretive, Unapologetic, Villainous,Crazy,Greedy,Religious,Power Hungry,Secretive,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Desperate,Villainous,Outspoken,Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Father, John

Age: 30s

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Insecure,Obedient,Religious,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Sister, Jean

Age: 8

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Obedient

Development Pitch

I see this book as a period piece film. Set in the Bronx around a huge Roman Catholic Sicilian speaking Italian family. Its the early 1950s, abortion was not morally acceptable, illegal and dangerous. Out of time, options and desperate, a deliberate selfish scheme was concocted without ever taking the child's interest and its ramifications into consideration. With a stolen and permanently altered future, while she took her first fighting breath, like a thief in the night robbing her, violating her, at every level for decades.

About The Author

The day I was born, my life path without permission was permanently altered by a selfish, self-absorbed mother's decision. Being telepathic as a baby was troubling, processing information I was unable to understand. Feeling unsafe and always misunderstood is a burden as my life has become a living nightmare.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self published.

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9781791819927

Supplemental Materials

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