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A Time Before Me (A Time Before Me #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In this poignant coming-of-age novel, a gay teen struggles to find his identity in the contrasting worlds of rural Mississippi and the big city of New Orleans. Growing up in a small Mississippi town in the early 1990s, shy and inexperienced Mason spends much of his time with his best friend and secret childhood crush, the charming and daring Billy. When a six-pack of beer ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by iUniverse Star (first published 2004)
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Usually I read romance. This was a coming of age story with a romantic element. I really like this.

Mason's mother and father both seem like deeper people than they are portrayed here. Mason's father had a crush on a girl in middle school and ended up marrying here. Mason's mother loves and cares for her sister, but is so uptight. Is she uptight because her husband is uptight? Is there something inside herself which closes her up with Aunt Savannah is so accepting?
A Time Before Me is a coming-of-age/coming-out story. Of the few books of this genre that I've read A Time Before Me is one of the best. The writing is wonderfully rich and picturesque and it deftly pulls you into Mason's world. The characters are nicely developed and fit well together which adds to the beauty of the story. In general, I really liked this book, enough so that I bought the two other books in the series.

I give A Time Before Me four stars.

Stella ╰☆╮RANT MOMENT╰☆╮
More like 3.5 stars but since I couldn't put it down I gave it a 4 stars. it's a good story, all the characters are really enjoyable (except for Billy, of course), even if I often wanted to slap Mason but after all he's just a baby boy. The end forces you to read the next one and honestly I'm curious about it.
I really like this book. It is so well written. I was born and raised in New Orleans and now live in Mississippi. The way this story is written is so on the mark of how life is in both places. I could not put the book down. I could see all the places the was mentioned in the book and made me miss (N.O.) home. My parent still live there so I think it is time for a visit. I can't wait to read the next book!
I enjoyed this story, and while it's a standard coming of age story, it's still sweet. And everyone has their own coming of age story. I really like Mason; didn't like Billy much (he was such an ass, even if he was young), and I loved Joey.

Makes me wish I had an Aunt Savannah.
bittersweet, the reader develops a love/hate relationship with the main character but the rest of them are just funny and endearing.
Marsha Spence
I enjoyed it very much. I wasn't ready to for the end. Really wanted to know if they work things out.
This was a very innocent, interesting read. I enjoyed the main protagonist and story.

Everything is very average and/or stereotyped: the plot, the characters...
This was a nice story although the ending felt abrupt.
Kind of sweet...there are some editing issues.
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Michael Holloway Perronne is the author of five novels: "A Time Before Me",
"Starstruck: A Hollywood Saga", "Falling Into Me", "A Time Before Us" and
"Embrace the Rain." His debut novel, "A Time Before Me" won the Bronze
Award, Foreword Magazine's 2006 Book of the Year Award in the Gay/Lesbian
fiction category. In addition, Michael recently released his first travel guide,
"The Quickie Gay Guide to Cap
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