Someone Is Watching. Someone Knows. It was a nightmare come true for seventeen year old Ethan. It's hard hiding a secret. It's even harder keeping that secret when someone else knows. Who is the mysterious note-writer, the secret tormentor? Who is the enemy that hides among Ethan's friends and teammates? Who holds Ethan's secret over his head, threatening to destroy his entire world?
Someone Is Watching is the story of a young high school wrestler who must come to terms with being gay. He struggles first with himself, then with an unknown classmate that hounds his every step. While struggling to discover the identity of his tormentor, Ethan must discover his own identity and learn to live his life as his true self. He must choose whether to give up what he wants the most, or face his greatest fear of all.
Thoughts about Someone Is Watching:
Someone Is Watching is actually four stories in one. It is the story of Ethan and his love for his best friend Jon, the story of Ethan learning to live his life as a gay boy, the story of the developing relationship between Ethan and Nathan, and the story of Ethan being tormented and blackmailed by a straight boy.
On the surface, the main tale seems to be how Ethan deals with is secret tormentor, but the story is really more about Ethan learning to live as his true self. Every gay boy fights this battle at one point or another in his life, and it is a difficult one. Someone Is Watching is meant to give gay youth an idea of what the process is for someone else. The book also has something to say about how our society uses the sexual orientation of gays against us. Ethan is blackmailed because he has a secret he feels he must keep. He feels the need to keep this secret however because of the way he knows he will be treated if it is revealed. Our society is more responsible for the blackmail and oppression than the blackmailer himself, because it is our society that creates the problem.
Here are some photos of things that inspired places in Someone is Watching
Interested in reading the first draft of Someone is Watching? Read it here. Back then it had a different name "The Middle of Nowhere."
ęCopyright 2000 Mark A. Roeder