Brayden has a bad attitude and a temper to match. Caspian has his own rep to protect and can't decide if Brayden is friend or foe. The decision is made for him when Brayden attacks Dylan, a stereotypically gay boy who is known for being too aggressive in his pursuit of young men. Caspian steps in to save Dylan and so begins a mutual distrust between Caspian and Brayden that repeatedly threatens to come to blows. Despite being nearly bashed by Brayden, Dylan won't back off.
"Another magnificent YA from Mark A Roeder"
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.
"I cried and laughed all the way. "
So many beautiful and intelligent young women surround Brandon, he's overwhelmed, but he's truly shocked when he finds himself attracted to another guy for the first time in his life! Brandon has always been secure in his sexuality, but is he secure enough to test his boundaries with a guy? Can he learn to live side by side in a tiny dorm room with his classical-music-playing, opera-loving roommate? Can he help his closeted teammate come out into the light of day?
Elliott isn't pleased about being exiled from Chicago to the sleepy town of Verona, Indiana, but he's determined to make the best of it. He meets Marshall, who is undoubtedly the most bizarre boy in school, but who is the only one, other than his grandmother, that Elliott can trust not to be freaked out by the ghost in his bedroom and the strange dreams that might not be dreams at all.
Abandoned tells three tales of people lost and trying to find their way. The journey from here to there isn't ever as straight and obvious as it seems. "To Build a Helicopter" recounts story of a man whose girlfriend unceremoniously dumps him at a party because of his lack of ambition. He'll seek solace in two piles: one of LEGO pieces, and the other cocaine. He'll use them both to build something to prove his worth.