The Soccer Field is Empty

The Soccer Field is Empty

by Mark A Roeder


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The Soccer Field is Empty by Mark A Roeder

The Soccer Field Is Empty is the story of teen love, steamy romance, friendship, loyalty, understanding, and ancient prejudice. Here is a tale that breaks the stereotypes of the ignorant and peers into the soul of two boys who want what we all want; to love and be loved. The story of Mark and Taylor, two sixteen-year-old high school athletes, is a tale of love and happiness torn asunder by a world that understands too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470130183
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/23/2012
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 653,033
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark A. Roeder is the author of the Gay Youth Chronicles. He has published over two dozen novels as well as scores of columns and articles. He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Soccer Field Is Empty 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Silverwing More than 1 year ago
I loved it and started crying when I knew what was going to happen. You'll fall in love with the characters(most of them) and forever will remember them.
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I loved this book. I read it twice in one day. Usually I read 2 books per year. It is so good it made me cry. No other book can do that. It is very sad but I loved it. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to add anything new to the reviews already listed. The Gay Youth Chronicles series has taken on a life of it's own. As of this writing there are eight volumnes in the series and Mr. Roeder continues to expand on the subject and the characters that were first introduced in Soccer Field amd adds others along the way. The Soccer Field is Empty strikes a deep cord with young and old. The situations presented are fictional, but real enough to have happened somewhere. That's part of what makes this a good read. All readers of this genre can relate on some level with Mark and Taylor and the struggle that they went through. Mr. Roeder deals with the subject of teen suicide in a very responsible manner with back-up suggestions and outreach sources. It does happen and Soccor Field deals with it on a level that all teens can understand. It does not happen just to Gay teens. Depression and hopelessness can happen to anyone when their support base is removed and those who are supposed to love them no longer can. His suceeding novels, in the series, show what can happen and how those left behind are affected by such a tragic loss of life. Especially young ones. It's a final action that effects many. Buy it for yourself. Buy it for your local library. But it for the local school library, but buy it! You'll visit it again, often. It is a two box (tissues) read. You won't want to put it down and may be unable not to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never read a gay youth fiction novel before. This is the one book that I truly reccomend to anyone that is a gay, lesbian, bi, or straight. The way Roeder put the words together express such deep and truthful feelings that you can't ignore. These events do happen and there's nothing you can do about them. He makes very accurate portrayals that not all gays are the stereotype and are just as much sex-obssesed perverts as the next person. I never cry when reading a book - even if it is a really sad part. I have to be attached to the character in a way that I can truly understand. I've cried about characters and their events in other stories, but that was a 12-book series. This story caused a tear to trickle down my face in the very first Act. The truth behind the words are so impactful that they can't be ignored. I reccomend this book to anyone at all. Within the first act and scene alone, there are so many topics discussed that take place in our time now and I think at least everyone should read the few parts about that and understand the message behind it; An absolutely wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very very pleased with Mark A. Roeder's 'The Soccer Field Is Empty.' This book was excellent from beginning to end. I literally had trouble putting it down because I wanted and needed more. I felt as if I was a part of the story, like someone looking in on the story of Mark and Taylor. I definitly recommend this book to everyone, you'll LOVE it!! I'm looking foward to reading the next book 'Somone Is Watching.' Thank you, Mr. Roeder for such an excellent book and experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(A note from me: sorry about the huge text block, but doesn't allow formatting.) You¿ll think I¿m nuts, but tears are welling up in my eyes and I¿m trembling even as I write this review, thinking of the emotion and feelings that The Soccer Field Is Empty filled me with. It is without reservation the most powerful book of gay fiction I¿ve ever read and its story has changed me forever. The novel opens with a flashback and the first lines from Shakespeare¿s Romeo and Juliet: ¿In fair Verona where we lay our scene¿¿ This sets the entire tone for what turns out to be a modern-day interpretation of that tragedy¿ but for two boys in Midwestern Verona, Indiana and not the ancient Italian town. It sets that specter of tragic inevitability in the reader¿s mind. The story is incredibly moving and incredibly complex. We view the lives of these two boys¿Mark and Taylor¿through their own eyes in the form of a sort of ping-pong, back and forth between their journal entries. From their shy beginnings, through their happiness, their sorrow, their desperation and finally, their end. Roeder has weaved it all together into a constantly moving, roller-coaster ride of a story. I continue to marvel at how my emotions were torn back and forth, back and forth until I was almost left a wreck. I¿ve never before read ANYTHING that at one point had me sobbing uncontrollably, inconsolably for over 20 minutes. That may sound alarming¿ and believe me, it was at the time¿but I wouldn¿t trade the experience or this story for ANYTHING. The very fact that Mark Roeder could DO this to me is nothing less than miraculous and a testament to his prowess and God-given talent as a storyteller. I¿m almost PLEADING with you to read this book. In the end, the story serves as an incredible cautionary tale of what might happen when those ¿ancient prejudices¿ lead to tragedy. This book would be of so much value to anyone who can read it with an open heart and spirit; who would then take a chance at thinking about what LOVE really and truly is. One could only hope and pray that homophobes, gay bashers and even simply the ignorant or mis-informed could see the truth of what love can mean and what evil could come from their own thoughts and actions¿and at the very least, just leave gay boys alone. God, if only that could happen and if only the story of this novel would never have to be mirrored in real life¿ The Soccer Field is Empty is the kick-off of Roeder¿s Gay Youth Chronicles saga (it¿s actually an expanded and reworked edition of his earlier novel, Ancient Prejudice, Break to New Mutiny which only tells the story from one side). If you read this book first, you¿re on the right track. I think part of my emotional turmoil in reading this novel was the fact that I¿d actually read Roeder¿s third novel, A Better Place, first¿and it contained several ¿spoilers¿ which made Soccer Field very tough indeed. Please, PLEASE continue reading his books¿they are amazing, and each has a different but important or even simply entertaining story to tell. I promise you that you¿ll not be disappointed. (See my review of A Better Place and others as I post them.) The complete Gay Youth Chronicles series of six volumes (The Soccer Field is Empty, Someone is Watching, A Better Place, Someone is Killing the Gay Boys of Verona, Keeper of Secrets, and Do You Know That I Love You?) has provided the most enjoyable fictional world for me of anything I¿ve ever read¿the eternal saga of Verona, Indiana. I would wholeheartedly suggest you purchase and read ALL of them, and in the above order. To the Author: Thank you for the lives of Mark and Tay. May their story be one that lives in my heart and the heart of your readers forever. May it be a story that changes the world¿
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