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.
©2012 Mark A. Roeder (P)2013 Mark A. Roeder
I was sold on the title. I kind of knew what was going to happen and I just wanted to see how Mark Roeder was going to do it.
Jack London's performance didn't provide identifying voice changes for the characters, so it was difficult to know who was talking in a conversation. When the point of view changed, there wasn't a sufficient pause to register the transition. One almost had to be reading along with the book to properly follow the story.
Another thing that threw me off was Jack London's Canadian accent. It didn't sound like a person from Indiana.
Finally, it sounded like the characters were in fourth grade rather than eleventh grade (or junior year in high school, if you'd rather).
I would assume that this was Jack London's first narrating session and I apologize for being so critical of his performance. Hopefully he will do better on his next reading.
There was also a problem with the recording itself. The recording started six pages into the story in the middle of a scene. I reported it to Audible (Selena B) and it should be corrected eventually.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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