Scotty Jackson is a gay boy in trouble. His fanatically religious parents cannot accept his attraction to other boys. Scotty tries to fool them at first, but they grow suspicious and clamp down on him until his life isn't worth living. Fearful that Scotty's parents will send him away to be 'cured,' Scotty's friends spirit him away while desperately seeking a way to make his life better.
While Scotty is in hiding, Dorian comes up with a brilliant idea to improve Scotty's life - he'll kill Scotty! Sometimes, only death can make parents see the error of their ways.
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Boring and Long Winded
I was shocked at how long winded Roeder became in this book. The redundancy of the "internal struggles" was more than just a little annoying. The snail pace that the shallow plot moved was also annoying. There were just way too many "bunny trails" in this book. None of them paid off. They added nothing to the story and were difficult to deal with. At one point, Roeder got away from the plot for over 100 grueling minutes, and this was right when the plot finally began to unfold! He discussed living on farms, food, tea, flatware, horses and even gave a long and boring section on Robert Frost's poetry...
If he used about 50% less words, it might have been OK. Why does he need to keep repeating things like he does??? This is common in all of his books, but it becomes almost unbearable in this book.
I didn't really have one, but if I have to pick one, let's just say it's the "catch the flag" scene.
It was just boring and drawn out. Roeder is usually much better than this. I think he may have been trying for something here and missed.
- Greg D
Book fell short of Marks other books
I am not sure if it was the narrator or just the book. I had listened to 2 others of Mr. Roeder books and enjoyed them but not this one