By Chance Book Summary and Study Guide

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This story is about a boy falling in love with another boy and learning to cope with it. Eric is in college and he has very rich parents and most people at campus know that. He is a homosexual and came out to his father who disapproves to his surprise he comes in to his dorm and he has a roommate named Nick who is a football player. Though there is an immediate attraction to Nick on Eric's part he is a loner and is very rude and nasty to Nick at first. But Nick who is nice and pleasant works with him and they develop a friendship which slowly develops into a relationship. Eric has trouble because Nick does not want to come out as gay yet being that he is on a football team. Eric unable to cope with this as his mother ends up in the hospital again after she promise not to overdose he ends the relationship. Nick moves out and they start to miss each other terribly. There mutual friend Ally gets them together but Nick doesn't want to forgive Eric that easily but after Eric gets on his knees in front of him he cannot deny his love any longer and decides to time to come out. They both move back in with each other and get a new big apartment.
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Best part of story, including ending: I like this story because it has love and romance in it. I love how the focus of it is love but then again it spices it up with sex.

Opinion about the main character: I like how he fought for the one he truly loved in the end.

The review of this Book prepared by Patricia Thomas a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Same sex sex    -   Yes What kind    -   Gays!

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   student Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   a better lover Unusual characteristics?    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   student Effect of sexing    -   a better lover


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   actual description of sex    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   Him How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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