Mark Roeder continues his tales of some pretty interesting characters in Blackford, Indiana. My favorite, the British singer and general mischief maker Cedi (short for Cedric) goes on tour with Phantom and becomes a rock star, has an affair with Ross (no surprise there). We do discover that Ross carries a torch for Jordan (again, no surprise; someday, Mark is going to realize that Jordan carries one for Ross as well, not Ralph). Roeder also continues to develop several characters from previous stories: Toby (delightful kid) and Daniel Perralta, and finds boyfriends for each, each in a surprising person. Roeder also throws in a ghost that adds an interesting dimension. The book deals with the theme of what is the appropriate response to high school bullies. It doesn't answer the question as well in this one as Roeder does in other of his books, but it is thought provoking on the subject and DOES imply some responses that are NOT appropriate, even in dealing with bullies. Worth a read, especially for those who have read other of Roeder's books; better than some of his others, and Cedi is an outstanding character! His mischief, his sense of humor, his talent, his self-image and self-confidence all make him a good role model for gay teens. Go for it.
I loved this story... Because it showed that you can find love in the strangest places and it is not always with who you thought you would end up with. I loved the different story lines that made this book whole. Toby, Daniel and Cedi had such different lives and needed such different things in their future partners... I would liked to have folowed Daniel and Toby further along in their lives... i know that they were mentioned in following books but they were truly interesting characters who had big hearts, i can understand why they ened up with the people they did... A greta addition to any library.
I'm addicted to all of Mark Roeder's books. His writing is fantastic, and once I pick up any of his books I can't stop reading them. I'm only getting 5 hours of sleep per night because of it. I've now spent hundreds of dollars just to get the next book in his stories... I can't get enough.
Rather disappointed. While I've read a few of Roeder's novels in the past, it seems they're becoming less and less interesting and more and more like they were written by a thirteen-year old boy in-between chat sessions with his prepubescent friends online. OMG.
The ideas behind Roeder's novels are good ones; in fact, I much approve -- especially when it comes to settings and situations. Unfortunately, the execution leaves quite a bit to be desired.
(Come on... using iUniverse to publish, Roeder? That's almost a giveaway that the books are NOT going to be high-quality. I'm disappointed. I'm still a semi-fan and, in fact, have a few of your books on my Wish List... I can only hope some of them are better than this one.)
Don't waste your money unless you ARE a thirteen-year old boy incapable of reading anything with substance.
I have just literally finished The Perfect Boy, and Roeder has done it again. He has created a novel that will pull you in and keep you there up until the last page. Just like his past novels this one is definately a keeper and should be placed on your bookshelf for life. The Perfect Boy is another winner!!!!