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At 16, Stacy Evans dropped out of high school in the hopes of moving on with his life. But four years later, he's stuck in an abusive relationship with Lamar, a "friend with benefits," and works long hours at a dead-end job just to get by. Then his mother enrolls him in a program to earn his GED. There he meets Darian, a woodshop teacher who is everything Stacy's friendsAt 16, Stacy Evans dropped out of high school in the hopes of moving on with his life. But four years later, he's stuck in an abusive relationship with Lamar, a "friend with benefits," and works long hours at a dead-end job just to get by. Then his mother enrolls him in a program to earn his GED. There he meets Darian, a woodshop teacher who is everything Stacy's friends are not -- smart, successful ... and who seems to take a personal interest in helping Stacy turn his life around. The two develop a rapport that keeps Stacy after school just to spend extra time with him. In intimate moments alone, they grow closer than just student and teacher. On the right track for once, Stacy has a chance to choose between his troublesome past and a promising future with Darian. But his jealous friends won't let him go so easily....

Title : Stepping Up to the Plate
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ISBN : 9781440436048
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 260 Pages
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Stepping Up to the Plate Reviews

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-05-22 22:12

    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 would be more than glad to see him gone; a circle of friends that instead of helping him going through these difficult years is dragging him down. It’s probably only out of luck that Stacy ends only with leaving school. Four years later a 20 years old Stacy is not much different: he is living with Lamar, but Lamar is not exactly his boyfriend; he has a crush on Ange, but neither Ange is exactly his boyfriend; he is having sex with both of them, and probably with other guys, but Stacy doesn’t see where that is wrong when all of them are fine and good. Sex is nothing more than a scratching an itch and even if he thinks that maybe he in love with Ange, Stacy doesn’t really know what love is. Moreover Stacy doesn’t have much self-esteem, so if people, or Lamar, is treating him like trash, maybe he is not so wrong, maybe he deserves nothing more. But Ange, and Stacy’s mother, have not the same idea and they convince Stacy to get his GED and try to do something better in his life; if not for his immediately liking of the trade teacher, Darian, Stacy would have probably abandoned also this chance at a better life, but for once sex did something good for him. Darian is an Afro-American big guy who takes a liking for the scranny kid maybe since he wants to be for Stacy what his big brother was for him when he was that same age and needed direction. True, Darian’s feeling for Stacy are not exactly brotherly, but as I said this is not exactly a romance, so don’t expect a steamy story of sex between a student and his teacher: Darian has a better opinion of Stacy than Stacy himself. Darian uses sex as a carrot with an horses, he entices Stacy with it, but he has to do something good before being allowed to reach for it. The story is very long and it’s all about Stacy; it’s a long journey, from being a kid to an adult, and Stacy is the right example of how sometime the school system is not able to save or comprehend the kids. Stacy is not particularly bad, he is not a criminal, but he is not even a diamond star, he is an average guy, with an average brighteness. Being in the middle, not bad, not good, he was almost forgotten and instead Stacy only need a little care and someone who believes in him. Darian is that man; I like him, he is good to Stacy, but probably I liked better Ange; unfortunately he was not the right man for Stacy, but nevertheless he was a wonderful character, and probably as generous as Darian, only with less chances to help Stacy.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-26 21:21

    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 only problem is, life in the 'real' world isn't much better as Stacy discovers for himself. Watching as Stacy deals with, or not, and strives to come to terms with a life that is going nowhere fast is sometimes very difficult, certainly it's heartrending. But there are a couple of people in his life that provide him with a tenuous, but important, support: his mother and his friend, and crush, Ange. There's no magic wand, no sudden breakthrough; but there is a glimmer of hope that grows as the story progresses. Stacy's not the boy next door ~ he's been fighting against others for so long that he no longer knows how to let people in. But finding himself enrolled in a GED course is the beginning. And while we often struggle along with Stacy, being there, watching as things begin to happen... that's the beauty and magic in this story.If you're looking for a romp, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy an excellent story that will leave you feeling good at the end, then give this a try. You will definitely find it worth your while!

  • Adrienne -kocham czytać-
    2019-05-22 04:08

    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 and the Stacy's confusion and doubt that even I felt. I was so ready for Stacy to change his life, and so happy when things began to turn around. He had a lot of potential, and I adored Darien from the minute I met him for seeing that and drawing it out of Stacy, as well as giving him everything in his power to help. I love how the book progressed and changed so much, almost having different sections of the plot, but still felt very very joined and a smooth story about growing up, realism in life, and taking control.The romance part, besides anticipation and flirtation, was on the side throughout (sex with multiple partners--his group of friends--without commitment was before though), so that left a lot of time for Stacy's growth. That is why I didn't like the ending, because as much as the circumstances in Stacy's life changed, and he did change his temperament and some features of his personality, but I felt like I wanted more. I mean he was still calling Damien "friend" in the last pages, just like he had for Lamar and Ange throughout the book, and still acting somewhat immature and flippant about their relationship. So overall, it was very good, and I do recommend it, especially if you want a slower-building book with more than just romance (though when it comes, it is hot, and made my stomach flip--which is very rare for me!) then read this book.P.S. I love the cover picture, it's gorgeous and ambiguous (didn't help me figure out the plot).

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    2019-06-03 22:09

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  • L-D
    2019-05-21 01:00

    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 bestow on him.When Stacy finally meets Darian Drucker (okay, seriously, the whole book I couldn't stop picturing Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish), he doesn't really know how to behave or what's expected. His awkwardness is endearing. I liked Stacy even if I didn't really understand him or easily relate to him. I could understand how he ended up living with his friend Lamar for so long, and could also understand the circumstances that trapped him into his life. Meeting Darian and having someone give him a chance and believe in him was pretty cool.The reasons why this was only a 3/3.5 star book for me was because I don't think there was quite enough time spent on Darian's development as a character. Sure, I liked him a lot - he was a great guy - but what did he see in Stacy that was so special? All he ever says is "you're something else". I could see what Stacy saw in Darian, but I had trouble visualizing why Darian went out of his way to do so much for Stacy. I really liked the relationship between Stacy and his friend Ange, and that situation broke my heart a little bit. Finally, the ending was a bit abrupt for me. There were a few unanswered questions. (view spoiler)[Did Stacy get his GED? What happened to Lamar? Why was Ange with Lamar that last night? (hide spoiler)] I think a little epilogue would have tied this up very nicely and driven up the rating to a 4 star rating easily.All in all, I did enjoy reading this book and I liked the characters.

  • Alex
    2019-06-01 21:20

    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 of backstory (we never see if he has any friends or a life outside of work) which makes him seem a little flimsy, but not enough that you notice while reading (only after, when writing the review). This could be because of our limited perspective (from the main character) but I don't think that is completely excusable, especially by the end. I'm fond of the characters, who act irritatingly human and realistic, never always nice or always mean and not always with logic (as humans tend to do). The ending, while pleasant, isn't "happy ever after," which I approve of (it's a happy ending, but not everything is resolved or tied up with a fancy little bow--it's realistic). There is also a fair amount of humor to keep lengths of inner monologue from draining from the story.I don't know if I'll pick up any more of Snyder's works. I enjoyed what I read, and if I do it'll definitely be the longer pieces, which are well constructed works with plot and development. My hesitation in picking up other stories is that my enjoyment from Snyder's works is equivalent to the enjoyment I get out of reading some amateur authors (for free) of the same general genre (although then I have to search through the bad stuff as well). If anyone has recommendations for some of Snyder's long works, I'd love to hear them.

  • A.B. Gayle
    2019-06-03 03:16

    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 dilapidated and abandoned public buildings and other areas of soulless white suburbia.As in "Power Play", her main POV character is young. In this case the story covers the years 16 to twenty. He's not a pleasant character in many ways, mainly due to the way life and the people around him have treated him. The chip on his shoulder cuts close to the bone. JM Snyder draws these rebellious, unhappy characters well. They cuss, they swear at their mothers (even though they're trying to help them) and at times they break the law.If I have one criticism of the book, it's that having drawn Stacy's character so successfully, when he finally finds someone he respects and who he feels cares about him, he suddenly becomes much more "normal". It's like a switch has been flipped. Perhaps that change can happen in real life. It would be nice to think so.Despite this small niggle, I gave the book five stars because of the courage JM shows in writing about such flawed characters. Despite their faults you still end up caring for them and hoping they have a happy life or at least that their life significantly improves.

  • Sadonna
    2019-06-08 02:02

    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 teenager has no support system, is a target because of race and sexual orientation and never believes that they will amount to anything because that is the message they receive from parents/teachers/coaches, etc., it's probably pretty damn hard to think about tomorrow since today isn't even a guarantee.What the story really shows is that just one person can make a big difference in the life of someone who is truly down on their luck, themselves, their lives, their future - it that person truly believes and follows through on that belief with actions. In this story, Darian is that person for Stacy. Without Darian's intervention, most likely Stacy would have dropped out of the GED program, stayed with Lamar, continued to live a very risky life and let his anger and temper get him into more trouble. In the end, I actually ended up liking the story after I left my unrealistic expectations of the characters at the door.

  • H.A.
    2019-06-07 02:08

    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)[Stacy's relationship with his best friends only added to the story. While it was hard to like jackass Lamar, I instantly fell in love with Ange.Normally I'm all against cheating but what went on with Stacy and Ange I couldn't bring myself to be disgusted about because honestly had Stacy not ended up with Darian, there would be no better choice than Ange for him.I loved how Darian saw more than a high school drop out right from the beginning and made Stacy feel better about himself while doing everything he could to help him.(view spoiler)[This story had a lot of twists and turns and was interesting to read.A must read for anyone who loves complicated yet simple meant-to-be romances that will keep you interested. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • Jamilla_
    2019-06-21 00:59

    Not sure what to think.3.5 stars, rounded down, lol.This book left me befuddled. Was it good? Bad? Ugly? Middlin'? I think it was probably a mixture of all of those. Stacy Evans is a lost, angry, little boy for most of the book, and in the rushed end, I'm not sure if he found himself, but he was definitely on the (right) road to doing so.Darian Drucker, was our white knight who rode in on Pegasus to save Stacy from himself. There was no fault in this one, a gentle, prefect giant. This story almost felt more woman's fiction (if you get my meaning) than a romance, I mean sure there were romantic elements (mostly consistent of Stacy having smex with 2 fwb) but this felt more like a story of finding one's self. Would I recommend it? Hmm, yes, but it's definitely not for everyone, especially those who like quick, uncomplicated romances.

  • Adriana
    2019-05-26 01:23

    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.

  • Kari Gregg
    2019-05-23 04:06

    Emotionally gripping.

  • J.M.
    2019-06-18 23:08

    This is my book so I'm not going to write a review.