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Freak Show Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 17, 2007
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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!
Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland
And yet, how could I not love him?
Billy is rich and oblivious. And extremely nelly. And a drag queen. At seventeen. Having been suddenly shipped to southern Florida by his crazy mother to stay with his grouchy, disapproving father in the family’s ancestral mansion, Billy suddenly finds himself in a snooty private school full of blond conformists and jocks.
Not the least of whom is Flip Kelly. Football star. Blond, blue-eyed. The whole nine yards.
But this arch, funny, harrowing and ultimately moving novel is really not about a gay teenager into extreme drag; it’s about agency. James St. James (irritating, assuredly fake name, but OK, I’ll just take a deep breath) has taken a standard LGBT/YA story about a sissy boy falling for a big gentle jock and turned it inside out.
Billy is clueless, but he’s also fierce.He is narcissistic but also kind. He is so oblivious he refers to the one girl in school who’s nice to him as Blah Blah Blah, until he finally learns her name: This is simply one step in Billy’s gradual apotheosis into self-awareness.
“The choice is yours.”
There is violence and teenage meanness of the worst sort in this book. But, as in other YA books, there is redemption and the genuine love of a few good people who literally save Billy’s life. But, in the end, it is Billy who takes charge of his own destiny.
“These moments are going to keep coming, and it’s how you react to them that defines you.”
“But God,” I asked, trembling, “how do I bring reason to the anger and chaos, when its reasons are hidden from me?” And God said: “You forgive.”
Inside the chaotic silliness that is Billy Bloom’s world, there is a powerful soul. It is about survival, not just to survive, but to make the world better with your own insane courage.
Really pretty remarkable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Frankly, I fail to see why this book got so many 5 star reviews. Giving it 3 stars already feels charitable. The writing style just didn't do it for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A customer
This book is very catchy! I love the details the writer adds when describing certain situations, as well as his ability to create a clear picture of what is happening in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Megan P
I literally wish I could give this book 0 stars. I did not finish the entire book because being a gay teenager myself, all of the hate and homophobia directed towards Billy was... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maddie
Probably the funniest, most adorable book ever (Even the horrific parts).
If your child has trouble being "different", read this book.
I didn't expect to like it. Although I'm a gay guy, the protagonist in this story didn't speak to me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Vince in Chicago
I fell in LOVE with this book the first time I read it, at first mostly because I was so surprised to find it in the public school version of good old Dewight D. Eisenhower. Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by Kaitlyn