Band Fags! and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Band Fags! Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0758222657 ISBN-10: 0758222653

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$1.99 $1.56
Paperback
"Please retry"
$3.00 $0.01

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student



Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Big Spring Books
Editors' Picks in Spring Releases
Ready for some fresh reads? Browse our picks for Big Spring Books to please all kinds of readers.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758222653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758222657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Polito captures perfectly the acne and the angst of teen boys...with the agonies of raging hormones, lunchroom cliques...cute boys who keep their distance, and the heartbreak of adoring a female TV soap star too much." --Book Marks, Richard Labonte

"Band Fags!" is one of those rare books you may want to read not once but, like, totally a bijillion times. --H/X Magazine

Band Fags! explores the difficulties of growing up gay in the 1980s, all told with a sense of humor and affection for its characters. As you would expect from a playwright, Band Fags! shines with its clever dialogue and witty comments. --AfterElton

"If the words Dallas, Dynasty and the Go-Go's resonate with you, get this book." --IN Los Angeles

"The book jacket alone is enough to make anyone who loves a man in a white uniform with red trim quiver with glee..." --The Advocate

From the Author

If you enjoyed Band Fags! be sure to check out the official sequel "A Christmas to Remember" as featured in the collection Remembering Christmas.

More About the Author

Frank Anthony Polito is an award-winning author and playwright. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. Published novels include BAND FAGS! (2008 "Best Fiction" - InsightOut Book Club), DRAMA QUEERS! (2009 Lambda Literary Award), REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS (featuring the sequel to BAND FAGS!), LOST IN THE '90s, and THE SPIRIT OF DETROIT.

His plays ANOTHER DAY ON WILLOW ST and BAND FAGS! (based on his novel) have been produced in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus, Omaha, Annapolis, and New York City, where he resided for 18 years. His other writing has been featured in Instinct magazine and online at The Advocate.com and AfterElton.com. He is also a regular contributor to the popular New York City lifestyle blog Kenneth in the 212.

Frank grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park and currently resides in Pleasant Ridge with his partner, Craig Bentley. Readers can visit him on the web at www.frankanthonypolito.com

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
5
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 20 customer reviews
If you were in high school in the late 80's, you will probably enjoy this book even more.
PWDecker
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a good, interesting book that drags you in and keeps you there.
Ryan Ludman
Well written and interesting and you fall in love with the characters as you wish them well.
De Omnibus Dubitandum.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on July 4, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For those of us Gen Xer's, the 80's, a much maligned area, played a significant role in our development ... Reagan, AIDS, Madonna, Dallas, and the premiere of MTV. It's a wonder any of us survived this decade, much less thrived in it. But somehow we did, such as the characters did in Frank Polito's new book, the appropriately titled "Band Fags".

Polito takes us on a journey in what appears to be a semi-autobiographical journey through his adolescence in the Detroit suburbs. He writes about Jack, a top-notch student, lead trumpet player, and questioning homosexual, and a bevy of friends that accompany Jack through his school years. His first and foremost friend is Brad, whom he meets almost casually, but then develops a quickly close relationship that somehow only teens seem to be able to pull off. Brad, discovering his sexuality and accepting it quickly , poses an unspoken threat to Jack, who seems to exhibit signs of "gayness" but is ultimately unsure of his path. The duo form an interesting pair, and it's their story that really drives you through the book.

True to high school, Polito throws in a bevy of friends, characters that sometimes get confused, despite his attempt to clarify them through Jack reminding you of who was who. Soon, however, the important ones bubble to the surface, as Jack goes through different events that shape his social standing with the groups. As Jack reunites with a former best friend Joey, and develops a crush on him, the "am I" or "am I not?" question rears its ugly head in an all too familiar and painful way. Ditto with another guy he develops a crush on, Tom. How many of us developing homosexuals fell in love with our best friends who were straight? The pain was intense, and captured well by Polito.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
That's the question that thirteen year old Bradley Dayton poses to his new friend Jack Paterno. Jack had never met anyone quite like Brad before, and sensed a connection he knew was more than the friendship he felt for other boys and girls in his junior high. Having little in common, except for the fact that they both played in the school band (and thus had to accept being referred to as "Band Fags!" by a certain element in the school) and were caught up in the current popular trends and tastes of the mid 1980's, they nevertheless became best friends, and would be there for each other - with a few detours due to arguments and incompatible "crowds" they'd go with temporarily - throughout their high school days.

The outgoing, "tell it like it is" Brad was an interesting influence on the more conservative and quiet Jack, daring him to put into actions and words some ideas that he would have otherwise kept to himself. Brad had no problem telling Jack everything, including his progress in the self-realization that he was gay. Brad was pretty sure that Jack was too, and tried to draw him "out" at his own pace, usually to be met with Jack's innate self-denial based on the fact that - in this pre-Internet era - young gay boys often had no role models or other gay peers with which they could talk out their feelings. As Brad became more and more open (at least to Jack) about his sexuality, Jack held steadfast to the conviction that, although he admits felt "funny" when he saw a good-looking guy in school or on television, he also felt an attraction to a female character on his favorite soap opera, and enjoyed the company of many of the girls at school, so he therefore must be straight. Even being dragged along by Bradley to a gay bar didn't change that.

"Band Fags!
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jake Coughlin on August 27, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I agree that the book is overly long and doesn't really seem to have a cohesive theme. However, "Jack Paterno" graduated from high school one year after I did, and it brought back a lot of memories of high school, some painful, some tremedously happy. If you went to school in the 80's, there are so many wonderful references to popular culture from the banal to the famous. So I give this book a mixed review: more than "it's ok", perhaps a hair on either side of "i like it".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Merritt on May 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hilarious and angst-ridden, "Band Fags" is a wonderful trip down memory lane for those of us who came of age in the eighties, sort of a gay version of that fantastic television show Freaks and Geeks - The Complete Series. Especially if you came out and enjoyed / endured high school band - and the stigma that goes along with it, you'll love this. Am I, or am I not? All the intense soul-searching - Frank captures it in a funny way, with wit and charm. He's also a superb writer and I whipped through the pages in mere hours, wanting "Jack" to hurry up and make the right choice! Whether you were a teen in the eighties, the sixties or the two thousands, you'll relate to these emotions, as they're universal. Read and be entertained.
Rich Merritt, author of Code of Conduct and Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan H. Berke on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really thought that this book was outstanding. Not only does it fully emerse you in the 80's and suburban Detroit, but what is most incredible about this book is how real the characters are. At times, you want to reach into the book and strangle Jack, the main character. In fact, with about a fifth of the book left I started yelling at the book, for real, shaking and yelling. Anyway, the relationships and characters jump out of the book, and the feelings that motivate them are completely authentic. The only problem is that because of the fact that some of the characters are gay, people who would absolutely love this book won't ever read it. It's really a great read and completely true to the emotions of anyone who ever felt like a "band fag" "drama queer" or just a plain old outsider.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search
ARRAY(0x9ffe62e8)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?