Defective

Book Cover

DRAMA ROMANCE FAMILY FAMILY ROMANCE

Contemporary

Susan Sofayov

Logline

Law student Maggie Hovis battles an enemy she cannot escape—her own brain. When her fiancé moves out, she knows there is only one way to get him back—control her moods.

Genre

Drama, Romance, Family,,Family,Romance

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Pittsburgh

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Year Published: 2014

Starting Description

After suffering through her mood swings, Maggie's fiancé,Sam moves out when she throws a shoe at him. The only way to get him back—control her moods. She defies her family & enters therapy. Her diagnosis kicks of a journey into family secrets & mentally ill relatives, convincing her she is defective

Ending Description

Maggie learns bipolar 2 disorder is not curable but manageable. It doesn't define her or make her unlovable. She learns Sam couldn't see beyond the disorder, but Nick loves all of her. She forgives her family, knowing they didn't abandon Ella in a mental hospital.Ella was just a victim of her time.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

1626945489

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Philosophical Questions, Happy Ending,,Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: Maggie Hovis

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Modest, Faithful, Educated, Crazy, Desperate, Beautiful, Complex, Insecure, Sexy, Honorable,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Sexy,Complex,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Insecure,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Charming, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Confident, Educated, Masculine, Badass, Heartthrob, Honorable, Sexy, Skillful, Blunt, Unapologetic, Romantic, Sophisticated, Seductive, Decisive, Empathetic, Funny, Perseverance,Masculine,Modest,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Romantic,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Stephanie Hovis

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Outspoken, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Confident, Educated, Faithful, Funny, Unapologetic, Blunt, Decisive, Sexy, Romantic,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Empathetic,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Amy Hovis

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Gracious, Honorable, Leader, Perseverance, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Faithful, Blunt,Adventurous,Aspiring,Modest,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Unapologetic

Logline

Law student Maggie Hovis battles an enemy she cannot escape—her own brain. When her fiancé moves out, she knows there is only one way to get him back—control her moods.

Short Summary

After suffering through her mood swings, Maggie's fiancé,Sam moves out when she throws a shoe at him. The only way to get him back—control her moods. She defies her family & enters therapy. Her diagnosis kicks of a journey into family secrets & mentally ill relatives, convincing her she is defective


Maggie learns bipolar 2 disorder is not curable but manageable. It doesn't define her or make her unlovable. She learns Sam couldn't see beyond the disorder, but Nick loves all of her. She forgives her family, knowing they didn't abandon Ella in a mental hospital.Ella was just a victim of her time.

Development Pitch

Fans of Silver Linings Playbook will like this story. Bipolar 2 Disorder is the little know step sister of Bipolar Disorder. More and more people are coming forward acknowledging their struggle with this mental health disorder. This book is about a smart woman who must come to terms with her diagnosis and learn that she is more than a diagnosis. Many films about mental illness portray the dramatic symptoms of the illness and grave scenes of mental hospitals. This story was written to show that people with mental illness can be successful and have fulfilling lives. If this story is made into a film, it would present mental illness in a different light. One that offers hope and ultimately helps end the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

About The Author

Susan Sofayov is the author of three novels, published by Black Opal Books. She holds a BA in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Teaching from Chatham University. She spent two years in Tel Aviv bonding with her husband’s outrageously large family. Today, she lives in the occasionally sunny Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her novel Jerusalem Stone won first place in the I Heart Indie Contest and her novel, Defective, is featured on the International Bipolar Foundation’s website.

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Maggie Hovis

Age: 24

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Secretive, Modest, Faithful, Educated, Crazy, Desperate, Beautiful, Complex, Insecure, Sexy, Honorable,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Sexy,Complex,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Insecure,Underdog

Character 1

Name: Nick DeCarlo

Age: 26

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Charming, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Confident, Educated, Masculine, Badass, Heartthrob, Honorable, Sexy, Skillful, Blunt, Unapologetic, Romantic, Sophisticated, Seductive, Decisive, Empathetic, Funny, Perseverance,Masculine,Modest,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Romantic,Heartthrob,Educated,Honorable,Unapologetic

Character 2

Name: Stephanie Hovis

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Outspoken, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Confident, Educated, Faithful, Funny, Unapologetic, Blunt, Decisive, Sexy, Romantic,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Empathetic,Educated

Character 3

Name: Amy Hovis

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Gracious, Honorable, Leader, Perseverance, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Faithful, Blunt,Adventurous,Aspiring,Modest,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader,Unapologetic

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