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A to Z

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He lived alone with a father who beat the hell out of him. His mom abandoned him years ago. There was a roof over his head, and food, when his dad let him eat. One day, all that changed: he ran in fear for his life with nothing but the clothes on his back. And his journal.

This story contains episodes of physical, sexual and psychological abuse of a teen. There are episodes of violence.  There is also sex between teenagers. Please don't read this if these things bother you. If you continue, be aware of them, and read with appropriate caution. 

You can discuss questions and characters in this story at its Story Discussion Forum: http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/40860-a-to-z/

Copyright © 2016 Parker Owens; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 6
  • Addictive/Pacing 13
  • Characters 15
  • Cliffhanger 5
  • Smoldering 3
  • Tearjerker 14
  • Unique 7
  • World Building 3

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Dodger

   8 of 8 members found this review helpful 8 / 8 members

One of the best stories that I have read over the past year. A real rollercoaster ride that you won't want to get off. I went around for a second time. A great ending and a clever title. Well worth reading. 

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Sweetlion

· Edited by Sweetlion

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

So much sadness and painful moments, but such a beautiful and loving journey. One of the best stories I read. It makes me ache for your next long story, hope you give us another brilliant piece soon. Thank. You. @Parker Owens :worship:

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donjr101

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Great story would love to see another saga of this story, what happens to the characters after the end? Parker you are a great writer always keeping your readers in suspense, please keep up the good work.

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WolfM

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

I brutally harsh story that is one of the best I've run across on GA.  Beautifully told and difficult to put down.  Those late nights of reading "just one more chapter before bed" were well worth it and I know I'll read this again and again.

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northie

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

This is one of the stories that made me join GA so that I could 'like', if not actually comment, on the wonderful, absorbing writing.

 

This novel is a journey of discovery for its characters and readers alike. At times, it is a difficult read but that is because the author believes in portraying the truth, and sometimes life is painful and distressing. These episodes often result in tears but they are more than offset by the joy, laughter, kindness, healing and love offered to the hero, and so, to the reader. 

 

The author's fundamental belief in the goodness that most of humanity harbours, shines through this amazing, thought-provoking, touching, and above all, gripping novel. One to be read and re-read many times.

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cognac69

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

I was glued and riveted from start to finish. I felt it all, I cried, I laughed, I felt anger and warm tingly goose bumps. What a great writer, I was totally absorbed. 

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nelle1022

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

Such a great story. A roller coaster of emotions and I loved every bit of it! A beautiful, beautiful story. 

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droughtquake

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

As you read the first section, just keep repeating to yourself, ‘It gets better,’ ‘He survives this,’ and ‘Lots of other people managed to get through this and they rave about the story!’ 😉

A classical story arc where the beginning is almost unbearably dark leading to a conclusion that’s almost unbearably bright! 😉
 

This is a story you’ll want to Comment on and Discuss! Many have joined GA specifically to do so because of this story. It’s really that good!  ;–)
 

Remember that the reactions to this story (as well as the chapters) were mostly made before there were any alternative options to a Like. This artificially attenuates the reactions tremendously. There were no Sad or Angry reactions back then either.
[edited to delete redundant line feeds introduced by a change in GA software.]

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Trees Are Awesome

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This is an excruciatingly dark, yet somehow also beautiful story. It is masterfully written with the balance in detail giving you just enough to want more, but not too much to overwhelm you, makes for a very readable piece. 

The way the story develops as a journey is very well constructed and the loneliness is emphasised by the lack of dialogue perfectly encapsulates the solitary mindset. This was a great read, and I only hope I'd be able to write as incredibly as you do one day. Amazing work!

Response from the author:

I’m so very glad you made the journey with Andy. It’s wonderful you stuck with it through the difficult stretches. Remember that there are many Andys out there, and they need our help, too. Thanks a million for reading the journal. 

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Shadow086

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

I don't know what to add to what all the other reviews have said, but this is definitely one of the best stories I've read on this site. A captivating journey full of ups and downs and characters that stayed with me long after I finished reading. I can't help but come back to this every once in a while, and I love it just as much as the first time around.

Response from the author:

It’s heartening to know these characters and this story lingers in your mind. It’s very kind of you to review A to Z; still more to do so in such a nice way. Andy and Zander still live in my head and heart, too. 

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Higster

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Absolutely amazing story which I would highly recommend. The story of Andy is an absolutely fantastic read and will have you wanting to read more. @Parker Owens should be proud he wrote this superb piece.

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weinerdog

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This review is aimed toward readers like me who only recently joined GA and spent a lot time looking for worthwhile stories to read from GA"s massive selections. Some might come across this and see that has 67 chapters and say to themselves "oh man that's too much to read I can't invest that much time to this" to that I say I could have read 67 more chapters of this it was that good.

This story might have the most evil character in all the stories in GA and I realize what I'm saying.But it is more than counteracted by many awesome characters two of which might be the most sweetest characters GA has had.Please read this story you won't regret it.

Response from the author:

I’m so glad you took the chance and read A to Z. These characters continue to inhabit my thoughts, and I hope they’ll stay with you, too. 

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