By the Creek

By the Creek Soon to be high school junior David Harper hates his family s move to the country There s nothing to do and he misses his friends in the city But he doesn t have a choice His mother s job is in Mason

  • Title: By the Creek
  • Author: GeoffLaughton
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Soon to be high school junior David Harper hates his family s move to the country There s nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city But he doesn t have a choice His mother s job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it.At first, the only redeeming feature of David s new home is the swimming hole across the fieldSoon to be high school junior David Harper hates his family s move to the country There s nothing to do, and he misses his friends in the city But he doesn t have a choice His mother s job is in Mason County now, so David and his mom are too, and he has to make the best of it.At first, the only redeeming feature of David s new home is the swimming hole across the field from his house Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, and suddenly life stops being so dull.Benjamin is Amish, and cooling off in the swimming hole is one of the few liberties he and his brothers enjoy A friendship with an English boy is not but that doesn t stop him and David from getting to know each other, as long as it s on the neutral ground by the creek After David risks his life to save Benjamin s father, the boys friendship is tolerated, then accepted But before long, Benjamin s feelings for David grow beyond the platonic Benjamin s family and the rest of the community will never allow a love like that, and a secret this big can t stay secret forever.

    One thought on “By the Creek”

    1. This is a decent YA read. I wasn't thrilled or disappointed either. It's just a nice book. My main gripe is the very unrealistic dialogue. It felt very wooden and forced. Still, nice book with a few feels.

    2. I'm going to go with 3 stars.Just like Nick and Mark said, it was a nice story, but one that didn't get deep into your heart, like we love to when reading a YA romance.It was a sweet story, about two sweet boys, from two very different worlds.It could have been a great emotional journey for love and freedom, but it didn't dig deep enough for it to be just that.

    3. Lovely, beautiful read.By the Creek was a very sweet YA mm novel. It had such a lovely story, one that I have not read before in YA. It had an Amish character and an "English" character. Benjamin and David were a really strange couple in a lot of ways, but I loved them together. As far as YA stories come, this is one of the most YA I think I've ever read.There were zero sex scenes. Benjamin and David did kiss, they groped each other a bit, but mostly it was just about the love they shared. It wa [...]

    4. BY THE CREEK is well-known author Andrew Grey's first foray into young adult literature, and he took a totally creative route into it. Mr. Grey's Love Means series is one of my favorites. In his latest book of that series, Love Means No Limits, one of the continuing main characters, Geoff Laughton, writes a YA novel dedicated to his partner Eli and their son Jakey. The name of his book is BY THE CREEK, and Mr. Grey actually published the book. To differentiate between his adult and YA stories, M [...]

    5. Original book review from January 2013…When I first took this book for review I asked the author to tell me about the story. He said he wanted to write a YA novel with a gay storyline because there really aren't any available. I have to agree with him, atleast not where the entire story is based on the two young men. This isn't a sexy steamy M/M novel, this is a well written YA novel about young love, that love just happens to be between two young men. David and Benjamin happen upon each other [...]

    6. First off, I love dedication. If you don’t know already, Geoff is one of the main characters from the Love Means series by Andrew Grey. Geoff gets his chance to not just share his story with us, but he now gets to write his own books for his son, Jakey. By The Creek is a wonderful story of two young men coming to terms with their sexuality and with the world around them. For David, this is mostly an internal struggle but for Benjamin, a young Amish man/teen, this is more than simply dealing wi [...]

    7. This has been on my TBR pile for awhile. I needed a romantic, boy-meets-boy story without cops, mob bosses or too much angst--this really hit the spot! It's a gentle story about a boy who moves to the country and falls for an Amish boy he sees at a swimming hole. The author's research on the Amish felt pretty solid and I liked that the romance is of a soul-mates kind that overcomes all odds (though I would not call it insta-love). I would have liked a little more intimacy in the book because it [...]

    8. Boring! The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to find out how the Amish family would react to the big outing. The dialog felt unnatural and David (the non-Amish kid) talked like a 1950s housewife. It wasn't for me.

    9. I like it don't get me wrong, I think this would have been perfect for me when I was very young, I think I'm too old for these innocent stories, I'm too kinky for this kind ;)

    10. This was a truly unique piece of young adult writing, and I do not mean that in a negative way. Not even in the slightest. This book – amongst a sea of gay Young Adult fiction that follow the formula: Gay-nerd-meets-seemingly-straight-jock-and-nerd-doesn’t-like-himself-because-he’s-a-nerd-but-jock-loves-him-because-he’s-beautiful – provides a refreshing and different take on the genre. For my full review, go to Greedy Bug Book Reviews-greedybug/2013

    11. I was so pleased to have the opportunity to read this one when I was given the opportunity. I'm not sure I would have picked it up on my own, I'm ashamed to admit, because Young Adult Contemporary is still a little explored genre for me. However, it was placed in my hands and I trust the author so I gamely plunged in. Sooo glad I did. This was such a good for the heart coming of age story that thankfully was devoid of unnecessary angst or the love triangles that get me nervous about YA literatur [...]

    12. I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading this amazing book, and can only blame my humongous TBR (To Be Read) mountain of books. The only person I deprived of a wonderful story is me, and I really should have known better. It is no secret that I love Andrew Grey’s books, and since Geoff Laughton is his pen name for YA novels, I was bound to like this book.And what a story this is! Two teenage boys from very different backgrounds meet and begin to explore what it means to g [...]

    13. When David Harper and his mother move to a rural area outside Ludington Michigan, David is bored and resentful and knows no one in the area. Added to that, he's feeling a bit marooned in that he has no car when his mother is at work. What David does have is a stream and a swimming hole nearby. Then David meets Benjamin Killinger, an Amish boy his age who just might share some of David's interestsThis novel has an interesting plot-line and touches on just how difficult it is for someone who's bee [...]

    14. Geoff Laughton is new to the world of Young Adult m/m fiction and I must say, I am thrilled he has arrived! By the Creek, is a coming out story, a coming of age story, a love story and one of brokenness and healing. It is, simply put, exquisite. Having grown up in an area so very similar to the landscape that the author paints, I found myself enjoying the rich tapestry that Mr. Laughton paints with his descriptive passages and deft handling of the Amish culture. There is sincerity to this author [...]

    15. This review is written for MM Good Book Reviewsmmgoodbookreviews.wordpress/Well, the moment I started reading this story I knew what I was facing. This is a very sweet, romantic and sad story. I’ll not go into details about the story itself as the blurb says more than enough, but I’ll stay a bit at the fact that there should be more books like this one. This is a teen romance and of course the drama of the teenagers is there full front. I loved though that it wasn’t tiresome on that aspect [...]

    16. Amish and "english" (non-Amish) kids fall for each other and end up with a predictable conclusion. Still the characters were fleshed out and the writing was good so this was a YA story I really liked. You gotta love those Amish boys :) Writing is better than the feeble plot.

    17. One more amazing book!I keep imagining how lovely it will be when Jakey gets to read this book and see his daddy and papa in the characters of David and Benjamin. Love love love this!!

    18. By the Creek by Geoff Laughton (aka Andrew Grey) In this coming of age novel about two young men trying to cross boundaries and find their own sexuality and the meaning of the love, it is a wonderful journey that new author Geoff Laughton takes us on with these two young men. David Harper is just starting the summer break between tenth and eleventh, it should be a joyous time, except his mother and he are moving. Over an hour away from his new friends, into the country miles from town and since [...]

    19. It’s said that true love conquers all. Cultural divides, opposing religions, family expectations…all these can be overcome when two people are meant for each other. This is certainly the case for the heroes in this achingly sweet debut novel by Geoff Laughton. It doesn’t matter that David and Benjamin are young, barely seventeen, or that they occupy different worlds. From their first encounter one summer’s afternoon, they forge a connection that transcends social barriers.When his mother [...]

    20. 4.5 starsThe book tells the story of David and Benjamin meeting and falling in love over the span of a couple of years and is told from David's perspective.I'm on the fence with this one. On one hand I thought it was great, but on the other I wanted more. Mainly I wanted some of Benjamin's POV. His thoughts, fears, what he was going through, and I wanted to hear it form him and not just David's impressions. imo that would have given more depth to their story and for me bumped the rating into the [...]

    21. This was my first read from Harmony Ink Press and I couldn't have made a better pick. As someone who doesn't read YA and has a very superficial knowledge of the Amish culture, I thoroughly enjoyed this heartfelt story of family and friendship, self-identity and the intensity of first love. Highly recommended!

    22. cute storywell written but there isn't a lot of substance is short on plot and actione two main characters are believable but typicale mother of David and father of Benjamin are the two most interesting characters in this short novelMr. Laughton's writing flows smoothly for an easy readI would try another work by this author

    23. This was a fantastic story!! I kept expecting to run into one of Eli's familyLOLI hope these characters get visited again sometime in the future. I hope things work out for them as well as it has for You and your Eli (wink) I cannot wait to read more.I am glad I waited to read this one until I read No Limits :-)

    24. A story with great potential but below average execution. The dialogue seemed disconnected, the jumps were too big, and the character descriptions were too superficial. You never really got the feeling of knowing any of the characters, and that makes it hard to relate to them.

    25. I thought this was really different without being unbelievable and it wasn't boring. It's just kinda sweet. Benny and David are pretty great in my mind. I never thought an Amish boy would make for an interesting character but it is all just right.

    26. A very sweet story about YA love.David, a high school student is moving to a small town with his Mom.There, at a water hole, one day he meet a really sweet and cute boy about his own age.Benjamin, though, is Amish, and not alllowed to interfear with David, or other "English" people.Even though, the two boys start meeting by the creek, and their sweet innocent love start to bloom; with some rather big problems ahead due to the big diffrence between the boys lives.It is a sweet story and I enjoyed [...]

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