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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758231644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758231642
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing from his own high school experiences, out author Frank Anthony Polito takes us back to school for Drama Queers!, the entertaining, hilarious and touching sequel to Band Fags!, --Instinct Magazine, June 2009

"Drama Queers!" is the 1980s version of "High School Musical" -- only with characters who are a bit more overtly gay. --Philadelphia Gay News

Written with biting humor and girlish enthusiasm, Polito's "Drama Queers!" gives readers a thoroughly detailed and equally enjoyable account of growing up gay in Detroit's own "Hazeltucky" circa the '80s. --Metro Times

"Frank Anthony Polito has an amazing facility for capturing the flavor of young queer youth." --Out in Jersey

About the Author

Frank Anthony Polito is a New York City-based writer. 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!) and LOST IN THE '90s. 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 holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. He grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park. Readers can visit him on the web at frankanthonypolito.com

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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

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While it's not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one, I highly recommend both.
CL
The down-to-earth and understandable vernacular is endearing and believable, as are the characters who are so skillfully and dynamically fleshed-out.
Jeffrey Erno
I read every line carefully, aware that my emotion had changed from excited-with-a-little-boredom-too to oh-my-goodness.
Jonathan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CL on June 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Travel back to the crazy 1980s with Frank Anthony Polito's new book, Drama Queers! If you read the author's first book, Band Fags!, you already know the narrator to this story, Mr. Bradley Dayton, Drama Queer extraordinaire. Not exactly a sequel to the first book, this one serves as a kind of companion, filling us in on exactly what Brad was up to during the time he and his best friend were estranged during their senior year of high school. While it's not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one, I highly recommend both.

The main reason Jack and Brad, best friends since seventh grade, are estranged is because Brad is able to admit he's gay while Jack is not; however, after diving into the acting world, Brad hears from various sources that one cannot be openly gay and a successful actor, so, in a sense, he heads back into the closet. While he still hangs out at gay bars, his new decision to put his future career over his personal life causes lots of heartache and turmoil.

Brad, successful actor in high school, decides to audition for the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. His trip to the Big Apple is one of the funniest chapters in the book as we get to see the small, mid-western gay boy traipse across the big city for the first time. Throughout the book, Brad's mix of innocence and maturity makes for a very interesting, charming character.

While this book could be called a lot of things - a light, hilarious romp through the 1980s, or a coming of age tale for one gay boy in the suburbs of Michigan, I found the story to have a lot of heart that had me rooting for Brad throughout the story. If you were alive in the 80s, you'll especially appreciate the countless references to pop culture of the time. So yes, you should immediately pick up this book and join Brad as he navigates through his last year of high school and finds that being true to himself is harder than he ever expected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Snyder on November 10, 2009
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I picked this book up as soon as I saw it listed here on Amazon. Polito's first book, Band Fags!, was wonderful so getting this one was a no-brainer. As with the first, the narrator's voice read like a 17yo boy. Brad is 4 years younger than me and I was born in a different suburb around Detroit, so getting the slang and attitudes right is a major plus - I was quite pleased.

At first I was leery that it was not a sequel but ran concurrently with the first story. I was afraid that it would just be a rehash. While the major events were the same, Brad and Jack were not hanging out together throughout most of this book, so the details were much different and very enjoyable. In the first book, Brad Dayton was written as a very confident, open young gay man. He almost seemed too open for his age and that time. In this novel it was obvious that he was just as unsure about being openly gay and full of the doubts and fears we all had back then - and still have when coming out.

In all, I liked the first book slightly better, but this one is very well written and very entertaining. I wanted to shake some sense into these kids at certain times and I wanted to hug them and protect them at others. All in all this is definitely worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on June 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bradley Dayton is your typical outgoing, sarcastic 17 year old high school senior, circa 1987. He's also gay, a fact that he doesn't share with his friends for fear they won't understand, even though he is estranged from his former best friend (and first lover), Jack, simply because the other boy could not accept his own homosexuality. He keeps busy through his involvement with the school band, and especially with his involvement in the school drama program, with dreams of attending Julliard School in New York City to study acting.

We originally met Brad and Jack in Polito's "Band Fags!" ... although that novel centered on Jack's senior year, while Brad disappeared from its pages after they broke up. This second novel is not so much a sequel as it is an overlapping supplement to that first story, filling us in on what Bradley was doing during those last nine months of senior year. For both boys, it was a time of discovery and disappointment, making friends and losing others, experiences crushes that sometimes turned into relationships, and holding one's breath to see if their dreams for the rest of their lives prove to be attainable. While reading "Band Fags!" first would add to the enjoyment of this novel, it is not a must, as the author skillfully provides the background necessary to enjoy this story on its own.

Although a book about teens, it can be enjoyed equally by anyone who can relate to a feeling of feeling isolated in a crowded high school. It will especially resonate with those who came of age in the late 1980's, since each chapter is based on a phrase from a popular song from that era. "Drama Queers!" is a charming and witty light read, recommended to all. I give it five "pearl-clutching drama queen" stars out of five!
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So even after devouring my autographed copy of "Drama Queers!" I can easily say that I'm hungry for more. Frank, did we grow up together as Best Friends or something? You write about the 1980s like a boy after my own heart and captured everything from the music and the movies to the awkward fumblings and adolescent angst. Specifically, I died over your 4-page opus on "Grease 2," the fact that Sean has the same birthday as I do (Aug. 29), the "Ice Castles" fixation, and the funeral song by Michael W. Smith, just to mention a few awesome points. You simply nailed it.
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