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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525477993
  • ASIN: B001O2SDFM
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Teenage drag queen Billy Bloom explodes onto the conservative scene at Eisenhower Academy, where he finds love and a band of blond sadists. St. James tells the oldest story in the book, the one where an outcast seeks the homecoming crown, only this time a queen wants to be Queen. Billy's bold, bawdy narration makes Freak Show not only cohesive but also immensely entertaining. Readers will relish his conversational voice, naughty humor, celebrity put-downs, unabashed exuberance, and ALL CAPS expletives. Beneath the sequins, feathers, and foundation, Billy nurses an ardent desire for acceptance. Teens will quickly identify with his worries and needs, even as he dons lip gloss and a beehive wig. Billy shirks labels (he calls himself a "Gender Obscurist"), and this book also refuses to be defined by sexuality. Yes, Billy falls for another boy, and yes, they do kiss. Teens will find this romance fresh and fun, but they will also enjoy exploring complicated issues of empowerment, bigotry, self-esteem, and fear. Freak Show visits these difficult regions of adolescence with gracious candor and humor. More buoyant than weighty, this book flows as a fast-paced, snarky story of high school horrors. Mature readers will love St. James's playful rendition of a conventional American tale.—Shelley Huntington, New York Public Library
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In Billy Bloom, St. James has created an archetypal hero for outsiders and freaks. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Customer Reviews

This book was a fun, fast read.
Doron C. Ofir
His writing style is entertaining and unique.
R. Sterns
A great 2nd book for James St James.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Luna Eclipse on June 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed St. James' previous book Disco Bloodbath, so when I saw this lovely little gem in my list of recommendations, I ordered it immediately. I finished it in 2 days flat (would've been sooner, if not for work and sleep and all that jazz.) The exploits of teen drag queen Billy trying to make it in a school full of uptight, straight-laced, super conservative rich brats had me laughing hysterically, groaning audibly, getting angry, even crying...rarely has a book elicited this much of a reaction from me. This story seemed like a mix of Mean Girls, Hairspray, Bruno, and even a little bit Napoleon Dynamite, all told with wit, humor and candor. It also sends a wonderful message about acceptance, not just of other people, but also of oneself. This book should be required reading not only for GLBT kids, but for anyone who has ever felt like they didn't belong (and quite frankly, who hasn't?)

I sincerely hope this becomes a movie. If it does, you better believe I will pull up to the premiere in a giant purple stilleto, decked out in my best SuperFreak costume and proudly waving my scarlet F in the air! EVER UPWARD, O FREAK OF NATURE!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Oconnor on July 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
whether you're gay, straight, bi, transsexual, transgender, young, old, or a little bit of everything, this book will change the way you think. i loved every minute of it. james st. james really knows how to evoke all kinds of emotions in the readers. i liked it better than party monster.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Queequeg on June 4, 2007
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Imagine "Disco Bloodbath" without the sex and drugs, and guess what? It's still a blast! This novel is a witty romp through the perilous high school world of one very special 17 year-old boy named Billy Bloom. It even has a happy ending, though not quite the one you might expect. I loved it. Tears, I'm telling you, TEARS WELLED!

Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debra Garfinkle on July 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very funny novel about a drag queen in a conservative private high school in Florida. The main character is charming, his voice is unique, the pace is fast, and the writing is hilarious. After reading a lot of young adult novels, it was so refreshing to read this one. It really stands out from the pack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Maier on June 11, 2007
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I have been a fan of James St. James for years. I had previously read Disco Bloodbath and watched Party Monster (both the Movie, and the Shockumentary). James St. James is awesome with words and has a gift of interpreting them. From the very first sentence of Freak Show, I knew the book was going to be over-the-top fabulous. I made the mistake of starting to read it right before I went to bed. I could not put the book down and as a result I only got 3 hours of sleep. I read the whole thing in one sitting. It was just too good to put down! I suggest that everyone read Freak Show. As strange as it is, one can also learn from the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert Thayer on December 16, 2012
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James St. James is definitely an individual among individuals. His writing style is fun and witty and his characters are lovable and free spirited. This is a nice, easy going read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever felt like an outcast or just a little different than the norm...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pinkfuzzysweater on December 7, 2007
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Just the cover of this entertaining read will make fans of James St. James want to purchase and delve into the world of little Billy Bloom.

Billy is typically queeny and quickly dismissed and dissed amongst his peers and classmates in sunny Florida after moving to live with his father after difficulties with his mother. After his first day at school, Billy finds making new friends will prove much more difficult than ever anticipated. But with a little determination and persistance, manages to make a place for himself and rise above the hate and hostility of the teens of his school.

For all the teens that have felt out-of-place or coming to terms with their homosexuality, this is a must have is their literary collection. The end of the novel is truly inspirational, that love can find anybody, no matter how hopeless your situation at the time may seem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Tudor on August 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Im so excited someone asked me to write a review about this book.I ordered it through amazon .com in about two weeks it arrived.When i first read this book I felt a kinship with the author,then the more i read I started thinking James SAINT. James and I have alot in common. Then it was like oh my god this book is totally about me.Once again James engages and titilates the reader, well he does me anyway.Loved the book so much [...]. I bought to more copies to give to my James st. james fan club. Two othere girls i know that helped me read party monster. It was sad to me that this book such a great work of art, was on the clearance rack.But I am in a small southern town ,well what do they know?Well to rap up here ,I loved the book.I devowered the book.A must read. Mike Tudor
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