The Summer of My Discontent: A Better Place II

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"The Summer of My Discontent" is a tapestry of tales delving into life as a gay teen in a small Midwestern town.
Dane is a sixteen-year-old runaway determined to start a new life of daring, love, and sex--no matter the cost to himself, or others. His actions bring him to the brink of disaster and only those he sought to prey upon can save him. Among Dane's new found "friends" are a young male prostitute and the local grave robber who becomes ...
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Overview

"The Summer of My Discontent" is a tapestry of tales delving into life as a gay teen in a small Midwestern town.
Dane is a sixteen-year-old runaway determined to start a new life of daring, love, and sex--no matter the cost to himself, or others. His actions bring him to the brink of disaster and only those he sought to prey upon can save him. Among Dane's new found "friends" are a young male prostitute and the local grave robber who becomes his despised employer.

The boys of "A Better Place" are back--Ethan, Nathan, Brendan, and Casper are once again dealing with trouble in Verona, Indiana. Drought and circumstance threaten their existence and they struggle together to save themselves from blackmail, financial collapse, and temptation.

Brendan must cope with anonymity after being one of the most popular boys in school. Casper must face his own past--the loss of his father and the fate of his abusive brother, who is locked away in the very hospital of horrors from which Brendan escaped. Letters from his brother force Casper to question his feelings--is Jason truly a monster or can he change?

Dark, foreboding, and sexy--"The Summer of My Discontent" is the tale of gay teens seeking to find themselves, each other, and a better place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595298068
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/29/2003
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,456,080
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    All Sequels Should Be This Good

    To quote the book jacket, 'THE SUMMER OF MY DISCONTENT is the much anticipated sequel to A BETTER PLACE', which happens to be my favorite in Mark Roeder's 'Youth Chronicles' series. The time is late summer 1981, and the place is Verona Indiana. Teenage runaway, Dane lands in town, hell bent on experiencing life in a way that he¿s always been afraid of in the past. Dane is gay, desperately horny, and determined to find a boyfriend, regardless of the cost, be it blackmail or assault. He is going to get laid no matter what. Also featured here, are characters developed in previous installments of the ¿chronicles¿. Ethan and Nathan, out high school seniors, very much in love with each other, and recent arrivals in Verona, Brendan, a football hero from Kentucky, and his slight but adorable boyfriend Casper. All four are living and working on Nathan¿s, Uncle¿s farm. A devastating draught has hit the region and crop failures threaten the farm¿s solvency. In an attempt to help out financially Casper and Nathan take jobs in downtown Verona, while Ethan and Brendan continue to work side by side on the farm, re-awakening erotic feelings Ethan has had for Brendan, but has been suppressing. Dane, hanging out in a park across the street from the restaurant where Casper has found a job, develops an infatuation for Brendan¿s boyfriend, but when he is unable to entice him, sets his sights on the ultra-hunky Ethan, a star on the high school wrestling team. Dane is determined to get into Ethan¿s pants, and he doesn¿t care what he has to do to accomplish his goal. Will Dane be successful in his attempts at seduction? Will he get lucky with Austin, a young hustler he meets in the park and crashes with? To what depths will Dane sink in order to experience the gay sex for which he is so desperate? And what of Ethan, will he be able to resist his secret yearnings for Brendan, and stay true to Nathan? Will he finally be able to deal with, and move on from, the suicides of two gay friends who were lovers, but were unable to handle the homophobia surrounding them? All these questions, and more, are answered realistically if somewhat idealistically, thru the course of this very involving novel. Does THE SUMMER OF MY DISCONTENT, stand on its own as a novel or are, Roeder¿s previous books required reading in order to appreciate this one? Yes to both questions. ¿DISCONTENT¿ provides enough background information during the story to keep the reader from being confused about characters developed in earlier novels, and it has its own rich individual plot, but it is, after all, a ¿sequel¿, and should be approached as one. I encourage reading SOMEONE IS WATCHING and A BETTER PLACE (in that order), before starting THE SUMMER OF MY DISCONTENT, for maximum enjoyment.

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