Ever wonder what it would be like to be 15 years old forever? Ever wonder how it would feel to find out your best friend is not what he seems? Graham Granger is intrigued by the new boy in school. Graham's heart aches for a friend, and maybe a boyfriend, but is Josiah the answer to his dreams? Why is Bry Hartnett, the school hunk, taking an interest in Graham?
When strange happenings begin to occur at Griswold Jr./Sr. High, Graham's once boring life becomes more exciting than he can handle. Mystery, intrigue, and danger await Graham as he sets out on an adventure he never dreamed possible.
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"Very good book."
This particular book is not a typical book for this author. It follows the path of a very young ostracized boy Who is generally i'm excepted by everyone. Then he meets this mysterious stranger at school and everything changes completely. Things are not as they appear… Quite the opposite actually.
A very good read that that is completely unrelated to any of his other books. It does not follow any particular series that Mark has written.
It's an excellent book to introduce someone to his work for the first time reader. I follow all his books regularly and have read many of his books regularly. He is an excellent writer for this particular kind of genre.
I am in my late 30s and his books are usually easy reading but they intended for a younger audience… but that does not take away from what he had written and make any of his books less enjoyable. I have enjoyed every book, some more than others that he has written.
I so enjoy his books as they typically are a coming-of-age stories. So most of his books are easy reading. I believe that Mark is not only providing entertainment but he is providing information to the young gay audience who grow up in a stereotypical ideology heterosexual world and are taught that there is something terribly wrong with them which is specious.
These books provide information that are contrary to this and indicate it's OK to be gay.
i liked the suspense and the friendship. I also liked the narrator. but I think the characters should have been older so that they would at least be a legal age to do everything they expect to do without problems. graham can't even get a job he's only 13! other then that i liked th book
"Reads very "young""
This is a Young Adult story that reads very young. Graham is thirteen, just figuring out he's gay, has no friends, is super small and "puny", and exceedingly lonely. After deciding to take his life one day he's stopped when he sees a wolf in the forest where he hangs out by his lonesome.
After he goes home and realizes what a huge mistake he almost just made, Graham decides to turn things around and try harder to make a friend and maybe get a boyfriend.
When he goes back to school there's a new student, Josiah, who immediately captures his interest and attention. Graham begins a subtle campaign to win over the taciturn boy, and after many weeks, finally succeeds.
Their friendship isn't the only new one Graham makes, he also gets a job as a kind of helper to an old man running errands and doing yard work, etc. He loves his job, and the old man, Mr. Basil Diggory. Turns out Basil is the son of his new 15 year old friend, Josiah. And his new friend is actually a hundreds of years old vampire.
Though the narration was very good, the story itself lags in places. Then it inexplicably sped up, practically galloping, toward a very rushed ending, which, while fine and has a HEA, wasn't very satisfying.
Like I said before - this is a Young Adult story that reads very young. While I would have no problem with my thirteen year old (or my eight year old for that matter) nephew reading this, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for the over eighteen crowd.
I suppose I can chalk that up to liking my YA to be a little more "adult". Plus it sort of creeped me out when (spoiler removed).
Bottom Line: Good narration and a not terrible, but definitely young, story.
"Unintelligent characters drive plot"
The story for this book is driven by the idiotic actions of its main characters. At no time did I feel that the characters actions were natural or consistent with the situations they were placed into. Characters are introduced and then nothing comes of them. There is only one main plot and no secondary storylines. Most of this book is an experience in frustration.
Great story Amazing narrator
The main character were just fabulous ... I will love to read or hear more on this guys.
The narration of the abandon fair site was great.
Ok this was an amazing narration, his audible is outstanding .The write let the ball dropped at the end of the story, we do have our HEA, but she was juggling too many ideas and it just wast not a smooth pre finale as I wish it could have been . And it dragged a lillte bit after the running away scene.....But I did adored the narration and most of 90% of the story.
""The Room" of books"
So, if you are a fan of terrible cinema then you may be familiar with a movie called "The Room." It's got three basic scenes that are repeated over and over again. Why do I bring this up? Cause that is this book. I kept yelling at my ipod to hurry the freak up and get on with the plot. It drags for sooooo long; long after you have figured out the paper thin plot. Do you think you might know where the story is going? You're probably right...
What else could be wrong with this than a plot that could be compared to a person scraping their nails across a chalkboard? The protagonist is 13. *Spoilers* the vampire is from the 10th century. Did you think that 100 year old Edward lusting after 17 year old Bella was creepy? Try a 1000 year old lusting after a 13 year old. Ugh...
Hey, I'm sure there's an audience for this, it's just not me.
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