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Disastrous Dates & Dream Boys (Gay Youth Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Mark A. Roeder
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Disastrous Dates & Dream Boys is the story of teenage boys who want what we all want, to love and be loved. Shawn yearns for a boyfriend, but fears his father’s wrath if he discovers the truth. Dane seeks a soul mate and tries to leave his checkered past behind. Brendan has created a new life for himself and his boyfriend, Casper, but the past haunts him. Nathan also has issues from his past to resolve. Disastrous Dates & Dream Boys is a tale of fathers & sons, lovers & friends, and love & understanding.

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About the Author

This is the latest novel published by Mark A. Roeder. To date he has written and published Ancient Prejudice Break To New Mutiny, The Soccer Field Is Empty, Someone Is Watching, A Better Place, The Summer of My Discontent, Someone Is Killing The Gay Boys of Verona, Keeper of Secrets, Do You Know That I Love You, This Time Around, Masked Destiny, Outfield Menace, Altered Realities, Second Star To The Right, Disastrous Dates & Dream Boys, and The Vampire?s Heart.Information on Mark?s upcoming books can be found at and he can be reached directly at Those wishing to keep in touch with others who enjoy Mark?s novels can join his fan club at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4400 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503272079
  • Publisher: Mark A. Roeder; Kindle Edition edition (10 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001S2RLWE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book but... 1 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
while I like the stories that are continuing in this series of books, I am finding that they are not as good as the books, the soccer field is empty, someone is watching me, and a better place. it is still a good read, but the emotion in it is not the same as those mentioned, however it is nice to follow the characters mentioned in previous books, but I think the author loses something by jumping from several characters' perspective all in the same book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feels Like Coming Home 9 April 2007
By Jamilla L. Geter - Published on
I always enjoy visiting old friends and that's how i feel when I read one of Mark's books. This one is no exception. Disasterous Dates and Dream Boys was an excellent follow up to A Better Place, though I do agree with one reviewer who wished there had been more of Nathan's story. I too wish more focus had been given to Nathan, I think his story is important and I was looking forward to seeing something from his POV this time around.

That bit aside, the book was great. I am glad Brendan got the closure he needed so that he and Casper can continue on their path to "A Better Place". The expansion of Shawn's character was very welcome, as were the stories of Tim and Dane. I must say i also enjoyed the introduction of Tristan and I know in the future he will be a character I love.

It is always nice visiting Verona and I hope we get to visit with Ethan, Nathan, Brendan, Casper, Shawn, Tim and the rest of the gang again really soon
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Best 4 April 2007
By Gary D. Johnson - Published on
I would have to say this is one of Mark's best books (they are all good). The nice thing about this book is all of his charcaters are from previous books so you already know their stories. The people in the book really do seem real and with Marks writing you can feel their pain and their joy and you can smell what they are eating for Thanksgiving dinner. I think the most changed in this book is Dane in his search for a boyfriend. I would recommend this book for all of Mark Roeder readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good closure for Brendan but.... 31 Mar. 2007
By R.Parklane - Published on
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I love "A Better place" and this sort of 3rd book on Brendan and Casper is a great closure for them. But the writer's treatment of Nathan's story left me wanting. Just a brief summary on his encounter with his parents is disappointing and irresponsible of the writer. Nathan left a mark in "Someone is Watching" and his voice adds a lot of life to "A better place" too. This gentle character deserves his own story and certainly a much better follow-up. Roeder should have concentrated on Nathan and not Dane.
Dane's strong personality is up there with Brendan's and Shawn's. Nathan's gentler character would have been a better contrast against Brendan's and Shawn's.
Shawn's story is a good one and his closure with his father is a satisfying read.
Another problem with this book is I find it too preachy and wordy. Better editing is required as there is a lot of repetition and going around in circles on the same themes. Well I guess sequel is never easy especially when the prequel (A Better Place) is just so impressive!
2.0 out of 5 stars Less Is More 5 Oct. 2013
By kwriter07 - Published on
[Beware, ironically with the title, this review is a little long. I wanted to get out everything I felt about the book]

"Disastrous Dates & Dream Boys" is the second book from Mark Roeder that I've read, and while reading, I noticed a lot of similarities to his other story, "The Nudo Twins." Unfortunately, one characteristic rings true for both stories and proved more than a little distracting while reading the novel. The characters' preoccupation for sex and wanting a boyfriend make perfect sense, especially when you consider the time in which these boys are living in, and how coming out can be dangerous. However, when characters constantly go back and forth about how they badly they want sex, and what nice bodies their classmates have, to how they really want more than just sex and want a boyfriend to be with, it becomes a little tiring. The exact same thoughts are echoed in various chapters, which leaves the characters a little lacking in depth.

Roeder also has the habit of having characters re-tell their personal history various times. I've found this particularly true in Brendan and Shawn's stories. I'm not quite sure what the desired effect is of having these boys constantly relate to the narrator about their traumatic lives that unfolded before the start of this novel (and I believe are included in other books in Roeder's "The Gay Youth Chronicles"), but it sort of creates a barrier between me and these characters. In addition, the dialogue feels stilted at times. I get the ideas Roeder is going for and they make sense internally, but to have someone say "yum" when describing a hot guy feels like a bit much. It sounds like ideas are being spoken, rather than characters sometimes. For example, many characters speak of the value of not stereotyping gay guys as being effeminate and good in certain things (like picking out clothes), but there does seem to be the stereotyping of guys as lustful and sex-driven...

Dane: The gay boy who falls in love with his best friend, he must navigate the consequences of acting on his feelings or keeping them in. This was probably my favorite story in terms of plot, and Dane felt the most fleshed out as a character.

Shawn: The gay boy who pretends to be straight in order to protect himself at school and from his dangerous father, he must deal with putting on a mask while trying to find happiness. I liked how his brother, Tim, also played into the storyline, though his part does seem to play out a little weird in terms of pacing (which appears to be a running problem in Roeder's stories, characters falling for each other so quickly).

Brendan: The boy with a boyfriend who is trying to put his past family issues behind him. This was my least favorite section just because of how much history is repeated through dialogue. It felt like ideas were being expressed, and this is where the book was at its most preachy (and not that I disagree with a lot of what Roeder is trying to say. It's just the delivery doesn't quite come off right.).

Despite my review of this book falling more on the negatives than the positives, I admire Mark Roeder for what I believe he is trying to do. I believe he is trying to show the emotional struggles of what it's like to be a gay teenager in a time/place when people aren't very accepting. One thing I can say is that the characters in Roeder's stories go through a lot of struggles common for gay teenagers: falling for straight guys, getting kicked out by disapproving parents, being forced into "straight camps," etc. By showing their struggles, I think Roeder is trying to provide a sense of hope for his readers, and show that gay guys really aren't alone in the world. He's highlighting the importance of community. I have to admit I somewhat agree with another reviewer of his work that the messages get a little preachy at time, but the fact that he's showing such dedication to giving gay teens hope and showing the various difficulties of getting through high schools years and feeling isolated, makes me admire him and want him to succeed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving On 21 May 2007
By Marina Kushner - Published on
This follow-up to A Better Place brings welcome closure to one of the characters and introduces a new character you'll love.
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