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4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
The Soccer Field Is Empty
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on 5 September 2008
A truly GREAT READ, yes the Author keeps going on about how our 2 Heroes Mark and Taylor love each other and also about their great physique for most of the first half of the book. But it does become clear later why he did it and once you are halfway trough you will find it hard to put the book down and by the end you will have tears in your eyes and rush to order the sequels "Someone is Watching" and "A Better Place". I finished all 3 books within a week and ordered all other books in the Gay Youth Chronicals Series earlier today. Regardless if you are 15 or 35 years old, any Boy who has ever been in love or even just had a crush on another guy during their teens will Lough and Cry with Mark and Taylor until the very last page, this Book is just so much more than a simple Love story - it is an Adventure based on a love story of 2 very young Men
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on 2 July 2008
This is the first novel in the 'Gay Youth Chronicles' series by Mark Roeder and its a fair, but not excellent start.

The text is heavily repetative, plus the initial chapters are so slushy and unbelievable that I put the book down on several occasions as I couldn't stand to continue. However, reference is made to the story of Mark & Taylor in later (and better) novels in the series and so I was determined to continue, which I did, and was rewarded with a sad, harrowing ending which highlights better than other books the possible result of school bullying, descrimation and hatred.

If you intend to read other books in this series (such as the wonderful 'A Better Place') then you must read this first otherwise surprises will be spoiled and you'll never know how everything started.......
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on 22 March 2015
A story of two young guys just trying to be themselves and the rest of their world just hating them for it. The book is a good strong read, the author is good at building up the characters of the tale. In the central chapters the story does tend to flag and get a little flabby but the pace of the last section of chapters pick up the tale and get it up to a crushing end, the tale may have many readers in tears. If you are a young gay person I hope this tale is seen as what it is and does not leave you depressed. If there are any schools, establishments who still act as the school in this tale then you should be ashamed. Unfortunately there are still some so called humans who think gays should not be tolerated but slowly attitudes are changing.
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VINE VOICEon 19 September 2013
A "forbidden" love story that ends in such an incredibly tragic way a la Romeo and Romeo that it further convinces me that homophobic bullying must be eradicated in this "new" century.. Education, as ever, is the seat of bullying; a permission is given in our society if not shunned by the system.

A moving story that left me saddened and abgry
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on 24 February 2014
This is an exceptional story giving insight into the minds and hearts of two teenage boys and their love for each other and the challenges that brings, it is extremely well written and very emotional book, well worth reading, but make sure you have some tissues handy!
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on 15 September 2013
Very interesting and believable characters ans story.Found it to be deeply engrossing. Would like to read more by this author.
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on 14 August 2014
just as good as it looks
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