Stephanie Macneil Pens Powerful new Story of a gay Youth’s High School Experience

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The poignant story of one boy’s struggle for acceptance

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“Parker” is the poignant story of one boy’s struggle for acceptance as he reaches for the stars of hope, love, forgiveness and Liam.

The secret came out a few years ago: Parker Knight is gay. Now Parker is 16, and everyone has either embraced it, does not care, or has forgotten – everyone except Dylan Baker, who is determined to make Parker’s life miserable. It is this emotional tale that 22 year old author Stephanie Macneil pens in her new book, “Parker” (published by iUniverse).

Parker really thought killing himself would make everything better. If he was dead, he would not have to get kicked around by Dylan and his friends anymore. He would be free. Now, after a failed suicide attempt, Parker just wants to get through the last few months of 10th grade and stay as far away from Dylan as possible.

Unfortunately, Parker is secretly in love with his best friend, Liam Eriksson, and, worse yet, Liam does not know it. Parker does not want to risk losing the friendship by telling him his true feelings. But as a tragedy overshadows his already complicated life, Parker soon discovers that the truth has a habit of surfacing in unexpected ways.

“Parker” is the poignant story of one boy’s struggle for acceptance as he reaches for the stars of hope, love, forgiveness and Liam.

“I had no idea where this character was coming from, but later, and still now, learned that I needed to write Parker to figure out my own life and my own struggle with being a part of the LGBTQ community,” Macneil explains.

By Stephanie Macneil
Hardcover | 5.5x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781475960396 |
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781475960389 |
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 9781475960402 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Stephanie Macneil was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Her goal is to become a screenwriter. “Parker” is her first book.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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