Julian is ugly. He knows it. Everyone knows it. He is also a boy with secrets. He's gay, his family owns the local funeral home, and he's not certain which secret he more desperately desires to keep. Julian is a wallflower, but tries out for the soccer team to please his father. Beyond all hope, he makes the team - and there he meets boys who change his life forever and a coach he suspects is trying to kill him.
Julian's greatest love is music. He slips off at lunch and after school to play the grand piano in the music room. His music attracts the attention of a secret admirer and for the first time ever someone sees beauty in Julian - his music.
The tragic death of teammates forces Julian to realize that he might not have as much time as he believed and leads him to take a desperate chance. Julian is determined to stop sitting on the sidelines of life. Friendship and love is worth any risk.
©2014 Mark A. Roeder (P)2015 Mark A. Roeder
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"I cried and laughed all the way. "
Being gay myself a lot of what happens in this book has happened to me or surely I have such thoughts, especially when I was a teenager. The story is about being gay and fearing the hatred and bullying that it can attract. It is also seeing into what makes people who they are. How to measure the real beauty of each other. It is easy to be attracted to external beauty, but as we all know that is only skin deep. Knowing the kindness of others, their ability to love, is "true beauty" I feel and surely what I look for in others. This is a great story but it has eternal truths that we all need to remember and practice.
I loved this book because it had a great realistic character. Someone who has body image issues. It shows that it truly isn't what is on the outside that matters.
"Average at best"
The overall story was compelling and important.
The excessive references to how gorgeous the other guys were and how ugly he was got old fast. The audio quality was poor, whenever the narrator spoke, I could hear something like feedback / a background hum when he spoke which made listening irritating.
No, the arc was fine as is.
"Average - maybe a little better due to humor"
the story is a little different from most coming out stories due to the fact that you are kept in suspense about the love interest of the MC and you really cant figure out who it is. This makes it both better and worse than other stories in this catagory. Better because its different, worse because you really do not get to know him. But i guess this is not the point of the story. It is more a story of friendships and trials of being a gay kid with body issues in high school than anything else. If you listen to it with that in mind the story isnt bad and sometimes humorous. But do not expect a "normal" two gay boys coming out story.
"Great background story, and gay"
The background story, the boy's family is in the funeral business. Had me thinking of the HBO show - Six Feet Under while I read it. Unlike so many gay teen/romance books, this book had three main stories taking place at the same time. Which is why it isn't typical.
Julien of course
Continue to seek. He is there
First book I have listen to by Roeder. He has a mixed review (good, bad, middle) on his other books. I would agree with one listener of this book - on the level comparing it to One Man One Guy. The stories are vastly different, yet their many of written narration is the same.
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