Freak Show

Freak Show

eBook - 2008
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Billy Bloom is gay, but it's mostly theoretical, as he hasn't had much experience. When he has to move to Florida, he can't believe his bad luck. His new school is a mix of Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes, none of which are exactly his type. Billy's efforts to fit in and stand out at the same time are both hilarious and heartrending. In this novel from adult author and media personality James St. James, readers are in for a wild ride as he tells Billy's fascinating story of bravado, pain, and unexpected love, inspired by his own experiences.
Publisher: 2008
ISBN: 9781440651557
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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"Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homeco... Read More »

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Librarianatasha Feb 25, 2014

Humor as outrageous and as gut-punching as its drag queen hero.

Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, Christianity expressed as persecution, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only way to become fabulous again is to run for Homecomi... Read More »


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Sgordano Apr 22, 2019

Billy Bloom is a fabulous drag queen of a teenager who finds himself out of luck when his mother sends him off to live with his rich father in the rural Florida swamps for his last year of high school. Surrounded by a family who doesn't accept him, students who are horrified by him or praying on his behalf, and constant physical threats, Billy decides to take it upon himself to shake up his private institution and make progress for the GLBTQ community.

I read this book very soon after it came into my collection because I immediately saw the potential for complaints from the more conservative members of the community. The bright pink cover with the cross-dressing boy doll really grabs your attention. This book is definitely meant for the older teen sector; there is a fairly graphic part describing a group attack on Billy that leaves him nearly dead, as well as a fair amount of blue language scattered throughout. Billy himself is 100% over the top (swamp queen and Carrie themed outfits, a homecoming float that is literally a 13 foot high purple platform shoe), but as someone who had a Billy of her own as a close friend through the high school years I find his voice to be very authentic of a serious teen queen. The book is able to explore the raw nature of bigotry but still be upbeat. Billy is a drag queen and the focus of the book is on how this community comes to terms with it, but the focus is not as much on gay relationships or sexuality. It's just one eccentric boy's coming of age story.

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

If any book truly deserved to be pink and covered in glitter, Freak Show by James St. James is that book. The fabulous Billy Bloom, drag queen extraordinaire, is sent to live with his father in rural Florida. Unfortunately for Billy, he ends up in a private school with rich kids who wear nothing but polos in pastel colors, khakis, and have names like "Biff" & "Muffy." Billy won't let that stop him from being the most fabulous person at school, though. The wild ride that follows – including a football player crush, a secret society of outcasts, a creepy stalker, & a highly publicized Homecoming Queen competition – will keep equally fabulous people laughing and happy through the whole book. It'll also supply some wicked awesome Halloween costume ideas.

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GlitchyKoala
Jun 28, 2014

Great book! Funny, sad, exciting. It makes you fall in love with the main character, Billy. The author does an amazing job of describing the scenery and characters wardrobe!

mamiuno Nov 20, 2012

sur ill giv diz book a lil luk c,y nt.........

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Kenaia
Jul 22, 2012

'Freak Show' is written in one of the best voices I've ever read. You feel like Billy is talking to you the whole time, gesturing wildly with his hands and by the end of the book you're best friends. An unusual choice for a main character, Billy is engaging, honest, positive even when he's down, funny, and downright memorable. Fantastic book times ten!!

Allieelly Jun 14, 2012

I REALLY loved this book! The writing style is really unique and chillaxed. For some it might be hard to get used to, but for me I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. I thought the book was HILARIOUS and there are AT LEAST 15 quotable moments in it. Dang, I could quote the whole book, it was that great. So yeah, I definitely recommend it.

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swamplatte
Jun 27, 2011

"And then, after each person in the class had expressed, for the record, their level of surprise that I was a fag, then speculated on the enormity of my fagginess, they all agreed to agree to a general consensus, saying that I WAS, in effect, the biggest fag that any of them had ever seen before, and FURTHERMORE, it was to be collectively agreed upon that I was probably the biggest faggot they WOULD LIKELY EVER see. And so it was unanimous.
And lo, this brought them great joy...

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