Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Freak Show by James St. James


When Billy Bloom's mother just can't handle him anymore, he's abruptly transplanted to live with his father in Florida. The students at his new backwater school don't have a clue what to make of this over-the-top drag queen diva. Despite the brutality of his classmates, Billy takes a stand and finds himself in this alternately heartbreaking and hilarious glamathon.

6 Comments:

At March 13, 2008 at 9:00 AM , Blogger Patty said...

"Loved It!" (in the voice of Wheezie from Dragon Tales...)
I had a coworker bring it to my attention the other day, and talk about the teen that was murdered for being "outwardly" gay. She was amazed that there's books available that address this topic, and we both agree we hope it makes people more tolerant.

 
At March 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Katie said...

This book was delightful and heart-breaking and hopeful. I have read bits out loud to so many different people. Loved it, too! (and loved your Wheezie reference, Patty!)

 
At April 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Deb Motley said...

Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious. Parts of it made me really uncomfortable which, I suppose, is the sign of a really good book.

 
At April 13, 2008 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Iris said...

This book is just fabulous. I credit the book with making certain teens trust my taste in books, and allow be to direct them towards a whole new world of reading.

 
At May 11, 2008 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Janice Heilman said...

I thought this was a great book but not in my top picks of the top 20.

 
At May 21, 2008 at 2:16 PM , Blogger Mary R said...

Sorry, but this was just too over-the-top for me. Although, I have at least one teen vote for it.

 

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