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By the Creek

por Geoff Laughton

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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. 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.… (más)

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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 grapple with being different, deal with potential rejection by their families, and making the first decisions about who they want to be when they grow up. Their two worlds collide, and since being Amish and being “English” (i.e., not Amish) is mutually exclusive, it can only be one or the other. This is a book about growing up, dealing with being gay, and finding your way in a world that is not very forgiving toward those who are different – no matter whether you’re Amish or American.

David moves to a new town with his mother, and he hates everything about it before he even gets there. He is going to be a high school junior at his new school, so moving away from his friends and everything he knows is a huge blow. He feels disoriented and sort of drifts along without much direction. To make matters worse, there is no TV to speak of with only three stations, and he has nowhere to go during the few weeks before school starts. But then he discovers the swimming hole and the creek behind the house and begins to explore his surroundings. He also runs into Benjamin, an Amish boy who is not even supposed to talk to him. David is very attracted to Benjamin, and ignores any and all cautions abut staying away from him so he won’t get into trouble. David has a lot to learn about cultural sensitivity and respecting other people’s limits!

Benjamin, on the other hand, has a lot of guidance about what is right and wrong as well as many rules to follow. Hs upbringing has been strict, and his father’s word is law. Thinking for himself is a new concept for him, and he feels very uncomfortable about it. But talking to David is fun, and when he begins to discover that they share an interest in boys rather than girls, the real conflict begins for Benjamin. If he wants to be who he is, if he wants to be honest about himself, he has to leave the Amish community. Blindly following his father’s rules is no longer an option for him now that he has begun to think for himself. But how can he do that when everyone he knows and loves is a member of that group?

If you’re looking for a story about growing up and choosing your own values, if you want to find out about two boys who deal with questions of conscience and issues that many adults have problems with, and if you’re looking for a read that is as sweet and gentle as it is honest and fascinating, then you should read this novel. It shook me up, pulled me in, and I loved every page.


NOTE: This book was provided by Harmony Ink Press for the purpose of a review. ( )
  SerenaYates | Oct 14, 2017 |
A very simple tale of first love, written by Andrew Grey under the name of one of his character's from the "Love Means" Series.
I really enjoyed this coming of age story about a young AMISH man who falls in love with an "english" boy who lives across the way.
Andrew is such a gifted writer, he makes you feel for his characters, all the pain, heartache and discovery of first love is so real.
Bravo Mr. Grey.
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  silversurfer | Jun 11, 2013 |
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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. 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.

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