I'm trying to figure something out. I read a book yesterday and actually enjoyed it. I know, leave it there and move on. Not to be so. As I thought about the story today, I got to thinking about it from a technical aspect. The plot was basic. Would the mc choose A or B? From page one, we knew what her choice would be. Hey, when a hot guy is choice A, how do you think the story will end? So no surprises, no twists, no gasp moments, just a very simple plot. I'm okay with that. Sometimes, I actually prefer it. These types of stories are what I consider "comfort reads". You know the kind where they don't have you on the edge of your seat. You aren't anxious for the next chapter. Instead, they leave you with an 'ahhh' feeling all the way through. For my money, I'm glad to have the option.
Anyway, I say all this to make this observation. Having been down the submission road more times than a large crit group, I started wondering. What did this author's query letter look like? Boy stumbles across misplaced girl. He takes her home and makes her decide if she will stay or leave. Hmm, I doubt it, but really, what could have been the hook that made this agent say yes? Not that I mind, but it's all too subjective for me.