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An Overheard Conversation

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Fourteen year old Ethan Berenson and his family have recently moved from California to Texas. One day he happens to overhear a conversation between two of his teachers which sets off a chain of events...

A story inspired by first line Prompt 883

Copyright © 2021 Ivor Slipper; All Rights Reserved.

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vonfoto

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

A very sweet story about guys who don't fit in but find each other. They are bullied at their school -- not only by fellow students, but by faculty as well, but with supporting families they persevere.

Response from the author:

Thank you for the Review. It sums up the story very well.

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Geron Kees

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

A very straightforward tale of bullying on several levels, and the resilience that love and devotion can bring to such a circumstance. Ivor brings life to his characters, they are very likable and direct; bonding with them was easy and pleasurable. This was a comment earlier, because I didn't realize you can't review a story until it's marked complete. So if you detect an echo, that's why! :)

Another good story from a writer that knows compassion and fairness, and would like to see more of that out in the world!

 

Response from the author:

Thanks for the Review, little Sir Echo :thankyou:

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centexhairysub

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

A really well written story about what happens when we take a chance on someone.  The writing and pacing were first rate.  I really did enjoy the character development and how they were fleshed out, even the auxiliary characters.  

Story gave a view of how life was and probably still is in many high schools across Texas.  The outright abuse of authority and the institutionally ingrained racism that exist not only in overt ways but in the more insidious undercover ways as well.

Response from the author:

I would hope life is better for stdents in Texas schools these days!

Thanks for the review and glad you thought the characters had 'life'.

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chris191070

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

In this story we meet Ethan who has relocated to Texas with his family.

Whilst at school one day he overhears a conversation between his teachers, that starts off a chain of events. 

This chain of events leads to friendship with Wayne, a boy that is treated differently because of his culture.

Awesome story that comes highly recommended.

Response from the author:

Thanks for the recommendation, Chris. Much appreciated.

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Gary L

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

50 yrs on I can still remember fear. The glance to the bookcase on the left where the collection of canes lay in the deputy head’s study.  Even good students like me would shake going in, even if on a none-disciplinary visit……  

a very moving story of a love growing in the shadow of those who would destroy them.  
first rate and beautifully written. 
 

thanks, Gary

Response from the author:

Can't say I ever had that experience, but I can understand the reaction to the situation.

Glad you enjoyed the story and appreciate the review.

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