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Stepping Up to the Plate (Stepping Up to the Plate)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Stacy Evans dropped out of high school in the hopes of moving on with his life. Four years later when he enrolls in a program to earn his GED, he meets Darian, a woodshop teacher who is everything Stacy's friends are not ... and who seems to take a personal interest in helping Stacy turn his life around.
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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This sometimes raw, sometimes dreary, often heartbreaking story is, by the end, anything but. There's a lot wrong in Stacy's life ~ worst of all, in his opinion, is his name. He's also white in an area where white people are in the minority... and he's gay. All these elements are at the root of his problems in school... he's definitely on the outside looking in and those on the inside... they're just happy to make him miserable. Being 16 is bad enough, but being different is death in school. The...more
Elisa Ramblings
Stepping Up to the Plate is not an easy romance, since probably it’s not even a romance, or at least it’s not only a romance. When the story starts Stacy, the main character, is only 16 years old, but don’t think that this is making the novel a cute coming of age story: Stacy’s life is far from being cute or pretty or easy. He is a troubled kid, a working mum who loves her son but has not enough money, or courage, to pretend a better life for him; a step-dad who probably doesn’t like Stacy and w...more
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Adrienne -kocham czytać-
This is a complex book. I loved it, was emotionally engaged throughout, but the ending felt a bit unfulfilling.

For over half of the book I was so sad and nervous for Stacy and his life. It had been full of hatred and bullies since he was young, he's living with an abusive friend with benefits, he's stagnant in life and angry at everything, and he's not doing anything to change it. I didn't know what was going to happen, especially with Darien, and I real loved the slow build of the relationship...more
A truly amazing read. The unlikeliness of Stacy's and Darian's relationship was interesting to read about. While the characters themselves were a perfect match and really complimented each other, the idea that a highschool-drop out turn GED-go-getter and a carpenter-turn-Woodshop teacher getting together was a nice change of pace from the regular plot lines such as best friends to life partners; which is where I first thought this story would go. (view spoiler)...more
This was a fairly difficult book for me to read - mostly I think because I couldn't relate to the main characters as much as I'd hoped. While I had empathy for him, I just didn't get how Stacy would keep making such bad decisions and getting in bad situations over and over again. But the truth is, that is my problem - not something wrong with the character or the writing. My initial reaction was that he should have been able to make better decisions and stop sabotaging himself. But when a teenag...more
To start off with the positive, I read this book in one day (one sitting, if you don't count cooking lunch and dinner). It was an easy read that flowed well and kept up a nice pace to keep the reader's interest. There were enough characters so the romantic pair didn't seem isolated, but not too many to make the story drag out more than it needed.

Aside from editorial problems (which may have been due to the copy I have), I have few complaints about the story. The secondary male isn't given alot...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing style was nice and easy and I liked the characters and their interactions. I think the length was good and that the main character, Stacy Evans, was very well developed. The characters of Lamar, Ange, and Colin were good additions and helped me to understand why Stacy was a little F-d up when it came to having real relationships with other people. He is certainly ensconced in his little circle of friends and limited to only the interest that they b...more
A.B. Gayle
Recently I rated two of JM's books 2 stars mainly because they were written in the present tense, and I found them really difficult to read.
Thankfully this story isn't.
Again, if you're looking for a synopsis, look elsewhere, LOL.
One of the best things I liked about "Stepping up to the Plate" was the description of the setting. Not being from the US, I have no idea if Petersburg is a real place. The town Snyder wrote about is a believable, however, with its black lower class ghetto, complete with...more
I'm between 3.5 and 4 in this one, Stacey was kind of annoying and acting like a child at first, when he started changing I started to like him.
A good book about a young guy who gets a second chance... maybe some high schoolers need to read this, it's not that easy after dropping out of school.
Jun 24, 2009 J.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my book so I'm not going to write a review.
Kari Gregg
Emotionally gripping.
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An author of gay erotic/romantic fiction, J.M. Snyder began in self-publishing and worked with Amber Allure, Aspen Mountain, eXcessica, and Torquere Presses.

Snyder's highly erotic short gay fiction has been published online at Amazon Shorts, Eros Monthly, Ruthie's Club, and Tit-Elation, as well as in anthologies by Alyson Books, Aspen Mountain, Cleis Press, eXcessica Publishing, Lethe Press, and R...more
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