Freak Show

Freak Show

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Soon to be a major motion picture with Bette Midler, Laverne Cox, Abigail Breslin, and Alex Lawther starring as Billy Bloom "Freak Show has it all. It's hilarious, sad, sexy, and glamorous--just the way life should be."--Perez Hilton "Gutsy, funny, over-the-top Billy Bloom is a profile in courage."--The Washington Post

Meet Billy Bloom, new student at the ultra-white, ultra-rich, ultra-conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and drag queen extraordinaire. Actually, ?drag queen? does not begin to describe Billy and his fabulousness. Any way you slice it, Billy is not a typical seventeen-year-old, and the Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes at the academy have never seen anyone quite like him before. But thanks to the help and support of one good friend, Billy's able to take a stand for outcasts and underdogs everywhere in his own outrageous, over-thetop, sad, funny, brilliant, and unique way.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142412317
  • 9780142412312
  • 142,786

Review quote

Readers will relish his conversational voice, naughty humor, celebrity put-downs, unabashed exuberance, and ALL CAPS expletives.
-School Library Journal, starred review

In Billy Bloom, St. James has created an archetypal hero for outsiders and freaks.
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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About James St James

James St. James lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Rating details

3,542 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 34% (1,219)
4 30% (1,070)
3 23% (812)
2 8% (285)
1 4% (156)

Our customer reviews

LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. James St. James has a way of making even the bleakest of situations fabulous. I was very touched by the title characters story. Although I myself have never been confronted by any of these issues the book was well written and i found it easy to put myself in Billy's shoes. Perhaps one of the most confronting parts of the book is where St. James lists about 2 pages of just insults being hurled at the boy, things and terms for being 'gay' or a 'freak' that I had never even heard. Socially confronting as well as wildly entertainly I rate this book highly and would advise anyone to read it!show more
by Rachael Wilkinson
Billy Bloom has been forced to move to Florida for his senior year of High School. His mom, a little on the bi-polar side, couldn't take his flamboyant attitude toward life anymore. Billy is a self-proclaimed "Gender Obscurist," a fabulously creative drag queen and a character that is resilient, lovable, and stronger than anyone ever would have imagined, including himself. After enduring unspeakable torture and bullying from his shell-shocked classmates, Billy ends up in the hospital and has a month-long recuperation period. During this time, Billy develops a deep friendship with Flip Kelly, the star and golden boy of the high school. Flip, the one who saved Billy from the angry mob of students and whisked him to the hospital. Flip, who is feeling the pressure to be the best from his family and the entire school. Flip, the guy Billy falls head-over-heels in love with. Billy relates his experiences at Eisenhower Academy with brutal honesty and laugh-out-loud humor. His decision to run for Homecoming Queen proves to be a true test of his character, strength, and resolve. Billy's message of tolerance and acceptance is important for everyone to hear. After all, "Gender is a choice, not a life sentence." No matter your gender persuasion, FREAK SHOW by James St. James is a delightful story of bravery, trust, love, and friendship. So put on your tiara and platform shoes and settle in for a FABULOUS ride. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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