The Good School

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YOUNG ADULT DRAMA

1980s & '90s

Amie Ryan

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Submision Type

book

Logline

At Lake Washington High School the kids seem to have everything including an alarmingly high rate of teenage suicides. As the administration tries stop this epidemic, students look at themselves and their friends and wonder who will be next.

Genre

Young Adult,Drama

Short Summary

A well liked Student Body President plunges to his death at Snoqualmie Falls and at his high school, several other students take their own lives.

Setting

an affluent suburban high school in Seattle

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: (not named) Student Body President

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate,Leader,Honorable,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: (not named) grief counselors

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Desperate,Engaging,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: (not named) fearful students

Age: 16

Gender: Other

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Desperate,Modest,Clumsy,Insecure,Faithful,Empathetic,Obedient

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

About The Author

Amie Ryan is an American author of four essay collections. Her true memoir essays feature memorable people and events from her own life growing up in 1980s Seattle.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: No

Publisher: Amie Ryan

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

Information not completed

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

A rich school district showers their high school with resources which in turn produces more wealth for the school through grants. The students seem to have it all but there is an eerie achievement they also seem to excel in. The students at the good school also have the highest suicide rate despite seemingly “having it all.” No one can figure out what is causing this statistic.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

The mystery behind what is causing so many students to kill themselves despite being told they don’t have any foreseeable hardships is intriguing.

Possible Drawbacks

There isn’t really any resolution to the conflict as it is introduced about the student suicide rate and that everyone wants to know what is causing it but the cause is never revealed just the trauma behind the stigma and statistics.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that something is wrong with the high school or town that is causing so many students to kill themselves either a supernatural explanation or an undisclosed societal problem.

Fanbase Potential

Depending on the adaptation format and future resolution of the conflict deciding the genre of the piece this could have a small to medium sized fanbase and the suicide premise of children is triggering to many but also a draw to others curious of a strange phenomenon.

Awards Potential

Again, this depends on the genre and format that this story employs in resolving the conflict as a sci-fi or fantasy element is unlikely to gain nominations, but there is some potential in a television format with a dramatic societal problem angle that could receive eventual nominations depending on the character development.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

13 REASONS WHY, RIVERDALE, THE SOCIETY, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, THE STEPFORD WIVES, SKINS

What’s New About the Story

What is original about the story is that the rich school has a suicide problem without knowing why. The unknown reason behind such a high statistic is the unique element of the premise so showing the resolution of the conflict either in finding out the reason or preventing the reason would make the story complete and original.

Lead Characters

There are not specific characters as the narrator is just a narrator rather than a protagonist of the plot. The narrator uses the “we” to include themselves in the story but they do not change the plot just explain the premise. They are omnipresent.

Uniqueness of Story

This short story has an interesting premise but the conflict is not fully developed and the characters are not distinct. There is little emotional investment in the school as a building or organization having a problem without caring about specifically developed students who attend with their own inner conflict cause the high suicide rate.

Possible Formats

TV Series: Cable, Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

The conflict establishing the external problem but it is underdeveloped without a second act climax or third act resolution. The reason behind the suicide rate remains unclear. There is also little to no character development to create emotional investment and show transformation of inner conflicts.

Tips for Improvement

Further developing the second and third act to having rising tension and an answer about what causes the suicide rates would help make the conflict feel complete and resolved. Creating characters with inner conflict regarding the main conflict about why come students wish to kill themselves will help retain emotional investment in solving the statistic’s cause in order to prevent the characters’ deaths.