A Better Place

A Better Place

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by Mark Roeder
     
 

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A Better Place is the story of two boys from two completely different worlds struggling to find themselves amongst a whirlwind of confusion. Will the strength they find in each other be enough to overcome the hatred and abuse of others? The unlikely pair struggle through friendship and heartbreaks, betrayal and hardships, to find the deepest desire of their…  See more details below

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A Better Place is the story of two boys from two completely different worlds struggling to find themselves amongst a whirlwind of confusion. Will the strength they find in each other be enough to overcome the hatred and abuse of others? The unlikely pair struggle through friendship and heartbreaks, betrayal and hardships, to find the deepest desire of their hearts.

Casper, the poorest boy in school, goes through life as the "invisible boy," and Brendan, the captain of the high school varsity football team, has it all; muscles, money, fame, and popularity. So, when Brendan takes an interest in Casper, their friendship goes in a direction that no one would have ever guessed. The two boys share nothing on the surface, but underlying each boy's reputation lies a yearning to be free, a yearning to find a better place.

Mark A. Roeder has written and published some two dozen novels in his Gay Youth Chronicles, a continuing series not only for gay youth, but readers of all ages and sexual orientations. Since the age of fifteen, Roeder has been turning out articles, columns, and novels, but for the last several years has dedicated his life to writing heart-warming stories about gay youth. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana. Information on his current and upcoming books can be found at markroeder.com.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456573904
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/31/2011
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Roeder has written and published some two dozen novels in his Gay Youth Chronicles, a continuing series not only for gay youth, but readers of all ages and sexual orientations. Since the age of fifteen, Roeder has been turning out articles, columns, and novels, but for the last several years has dedicated his life to writing heart-warming stories about gay youth. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana. Information on his current and upcoming books can be found at markroeder.com.

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Better Place 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, written exactly as a teenager would have written it. I think those who don't give it great reviews don't get that. I loved it!
brokendreamboi More than 1 year ago
I've had this book on my wish list for months and was finally able to buy it a few days ago. I finished the book in like three days. It was simply amazing. I could NOT put it down. The way Mark wrote about emotions and feelings made it seem like I was in the book myself. Reading some of the other reviews about how he is too mushy and repetitive and unrealistic, but I didn't think the book was anything but perfect. I definitely recommend this book for everyone that wants a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SITTI' IN A TREE. EFF YOU CEE KAI EYE EN GEE!!! FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MARRIAGE, THEN COMES TOYS IN THE ANAL CARRIAGE! THATS NOT ALL, THATS NOT ALL! I SAW BRENDEN LICKING CASPER'S WALLS! hehe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wowww.. I have no words to describe how enjoy reading this book.. It was excellent the Author Mark A. Roeder made an awesome job because he put all his attention to every detail in the book making his audience wanting to read more and more.. The protagonists in this book sometimes made me almost cry, other times laught and some others just gave me hope to believe it is possible to find and to be faithful to the one you love.. I don't want to tell about the story because this is something you need to find out when you read it by yourself.. I have purchased 3 books from the same author and all of them have been fantastic.. Excuse my writing English is my second language... But these books are also helping me to improve the language... Please read this books you won't be dissapointed, I promise!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though i never wrote a review i got this book! I loved it so much! Its my number one favorite book in the world!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
while I am sure that the writer put a lot of time into his work, it's too mushy in some spots and somewhat un-realistic. I much more prefer a story where the situations are realistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was fairly disappointed when I read Mark Roeder's A Better Place, of course this is my own opinion. So far I have read this and Outfield Menace and this compared to Outfield Menace, I'd prefer to read Outfield Menace. I enjoy reading and I love exploring deeper into the characters, however I was not able to find that pleasure in this story because the characters were just so... So 'Gary-Sue' and hopefully several will know what it means since it's very similar to 'Mary-Sue'. There were several exciting moments (especially when Branden went to the mental hospital place) but after that it just slammed head first into 'mushy-mushy-lovey-dovey ness' and unbelievable (and unrealistic) situations. I was annoyed about how the entire story was fluffy and yes I know there are moments in life that are like that. I know things like this happen in real life but still, it's to the point of where it is not worth believing because of the situations. I admit it took me about 2 months to finish the book because I was disappointed when I began reading it and only finished reading it because the power went out at my house, but yes, I'm finished with my rant and I simply say being the type of person I am, I was disappointed on how things went through out the story and how unbelievable and unrealistic it was. Again this is my opinion and I have different views then several other people who commented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book drew me in right from the start. I fell in love with both of the main characters, and all the twists, turns, and troubles that these characters go through made this book a very fast and very good read. Part I of the book is simply amazing and I loved it. Part II however was just OK for me. The story seemed to drag a bit, but the story ties in with Roeder's other books which is very cool. But none-the-less everyone should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best love stories I've ever read. I fell in love with Casper and Brendan. I wanted to feel the warmth of their embraces. I forgive them for not knowing me. After all, I am just the reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. I actually finished readin it in 2 days (thats like a new record for me). The story is definitely engrossing, and not entirely cheesy/predictable. Although the ending seemed unfinished to me. but its really minor. (i was a bit disappointed). The switchin view of narrative seemed nice in the beginning, but it wouldve been better if the author used this technique describing the same event, instead of using it to advance the story line. but overall, great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...it was amazing!!! The emotion you could actually feel for the characters was indescribable. I think that this book would make an outstanding movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You better believe this is a great read! Order it now! The characters are fast and compelling...the prose is wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a very big reader of gay fiction, i did find this story pretty good. Like another reviewer said, I was expecting a Cinderella story. One does connect to the characters on a certain level, but I think that the story is hindered by first-person narrative, as are most--if not all-of Mark's books (so I only read books of his that I have been given as gifts). If he switched to third-person I think I could have connected more thoroughly with the characters. It's not the story, which is very good, but I feel disconnected with first-person narrative. I wouldn't read the book a second time because of the first-person thing (that's just how I am). But if this had been written in the third-person format this book would have been another 'Laudanum' (by Cray Donnelly) or on par with Christopher Rice. Of Mark's novels that I have read, I liked this one the best, but he needs to get out of the first-person rut to become a 5-star worthy writer in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read a few tittles wich I enjoed, but nevr had i read a book with so much emotion. the author realy depicted the troubles of two boys, it deals with being in love and not being loved back, Coming out, Acceptance, Homophobia, parents, and it ends in a good term. Defenetly worth buying. I would recomd this to anybody looking for a good bock or to learn what some of us (gay) have to go through.