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Publisher's Summary

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
©2000,2012 Mark A. Roeder (P)2013 Mark A. Roeder
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3 out of 5 stars
By Donald on 07-07-13

Hang on for the ride...

Now I do not think this is a bad book and I would recommend to others, especially if you get it on sale. Roeder's writing style is in need of a serious editor. He was all over the place and at times it was hard to follow or muster up the energy to follow. I know that sounds harsh and I do not mean for it to be. The tale of Casper and Brendan is a sweet coming of age story but the intense drama experienced by both characters was a bit unrealistic and a bit contrived. The story could have used some editing. I am not doubting that some of the horrific things that occurred in the story occur, but all at the same time. Towards the end of the book we are introduced to two more principle characters, Nathan and Ethan, with their baggage and lo and behold it was hard for this reader to relate to any of them...perhaps the tornado. Just kidding...though I am not giving this tale a rave review, I do see where and what Roeder was trying to do...but I think there was way too much. The book could have been broken into a series which would have allowed for more insight into the real life drama's presented. Of course, this is just my take...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Greg D on 08-23-13

Worth your time

Would you listen to A Better Place again? Why?

No. It was a good story, but once you know what's happening, it's kind of pointless to go through it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Casper. The author did a good job describing him and I felt like I understood his character best.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr. D Corry-Bass on 11-28-13

Some hard hitting and blood boiling parts

Would you try another book written by Mark A. Roeder or narrated by Andy Babinski?

I would after listening to this book, the narrater was ok but sounded to simular and could have differentiated more between characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Better Place?

There are a few parts in the book that tackle some very hard hitting subjects and these (spoilers) I clearly remember but may be a bit much for some younger readers.

Was A Better Place worth the listening time?

I enjoyed taking the journey with the characters but did feel that later Lin the book some characters where very similar I had to rewind to check who's point of view we were listening to.

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