Freak Show by James St. James

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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.


 

About James St. James

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James St. James who was once dubbed a "celebutante" by "Newsweek" magazine, now leads a quiet, sedate existence in Los Angeles, far from the madness that he writes about. This is his first book.
 
Published October 2, 2008 by Puffin. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Tease hair, not homos,” and “Gender is a choice, not a life sentence.” Only St. James, an artist not unlike Billy, could compose such an accessible, deliciously outrageous, machine-gun barrage of bitchy, button-pushing drag queen humor packed with snarky innuendos and tongue-in-cheek one-liners.

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St. James pulls no punches in describing the escalating verbal and physical abuse Billy suffers at the hands of his classmates.

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The Paris Review

The Giants win the pennant!” (My grandfather was at the game where Bobby Thomson hit his famous shot and swore he’d never attend another game—baseball couldn’t get any better.) When do you know a game is over?

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In this book, written by James St.James, a boy discovers himself and puts himself on the other side of everyone else.

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