Boys on the Rock / Edition 1
  • Boys on the Rock / Edition 1
  • Boys on the Rock / Edition 1

Boys on the Rock / Edition 1

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by John Fox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312104332

ISBN-13: 9780312104337

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Written with uncanny precision and wild humor, this is the story of Billy Connors, high school student in the Bronx, member of the swim team, and all-around regular guy, who in his sixteenth year has to face the fact that he's a little different from everyone else, a little "weird."

Though he's sort of going steady with a girl and popular at school, he's always

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Written with uncanny precision and wild humor, this is the story of Billy Connors, high school student in the Bronx, member of the swim team, and all-around regular guy, who in his sixteenth year has to face the fact that he's a little different from everyone else, a little "weird."

Though he's sort of going steady with a girl and popular at school, he's always worried that the secret fantasies he has about men would set him apart and make him "different" if anyone knew about them. How Billy faces up to himself-and his friends-as he discovers the complexities of life, the exuberance of sex, and what it means to be an adult in our imperfect world, makes for a touching, wise, and very moving novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312104337
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
680,942
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)

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Boys on the Rock 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book alot.It tells the story of two boys who fall in love with each other.I recommend it to all high school kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewers that the writing style was diffrent. But I enjoyed it, for once here is a book where you truely feel like you know the main charector (billy) just because the writing reflects a young gay minds work. If the book was supposed to be from like a older man maybe a diffrent style would be better. But not in this case. The ending slightly got to me, and it doesn't resolve the obvious conflicts, but it does resolve the underlying one, Billy's coming to terms with himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The boys on the rock is a great story background, and has a lot of depth to it. it took about three chapters to actually get into the book. it was hard for me to get past the author's writing style. once you get past that, you get used to his choice of wording and actually begin to enjoy the book. definate read
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only word to discribe this book is Oustanding, it draws you in from start to finish.It gives u an understanding of what it is like to grow up gay and then sum. I loved it!!!:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I STARTED READING THIS BOOK AND I COULD SO RELATE. HE WAS A YOUNG HANDSOME MAN COMING OUT. I THINK THAT THE NOVEL WAS SHORT. IN THE END IT DOESN'T SAY WHAT HIS PARENTS THOUGHT AND ALSO THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF EVAN. PART TWO RECCOMENDED BY ME. 4 STARS THOUGH DEFINITELY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story that will keep you reading from dtart to finish. It's powerful and gut-wrenching at times. If you like a story that reads true to life- read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sensational! So much of what the main character went through reminds me of my first true love. All I can say is, grab a blanket and snuggle down on the couch and settle in for an amazing tell of love and letting go. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves a great story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be one of the very best I've read in a long time. The only problem I have with it was that it was too short! I only wished that it was longer. I could certainly relate on certain issues with Billy Conners. This book will certainly be going on my favorite list. I found it to be hurmurous, honest, and real. I highly recommend this book to readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like others, I read this novel when it was first published and I was younger. I have come back to it many times to read favorite chapters. I shall always remember the main character's aunt and her sly way of simply accepting him as he he was. I have never found another book quite like this. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only just begun to delve into the world of homosexual fiction. I had several gay friends in high school and I wondered about what their experience of coming out of the closet might have been like. John Fox does an amazing job with this topic in The Boys on the Rock. I think what I liked most about it was how it was a coming of age story as well as a coming out story. Billy learns that homosexual relationships are, at their core, very similar to heterosexual ones, whether he likes it or not. Love is a complex emotion and it exists in all romantic relationships-- heterosexual or homosexual. I read this book in 3 hours. It was gripping, funny, sad and. . .well, amazing. You really feel for Billy throughout the book. I did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorites. I've given away copies in each edition. Short yet profoundly sexy and moving. John Fox unfortunately died of AIDs, so his legacy is slim yet graceful. Buy this book now! One of the classics in the growing gay/lesbian sports ficion genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know how other people rated this book so highly! I mean, I see positive things about the book but, it still wasn't well written at all. The author is illiterate. There is no plot. It exists without an ending. How did this get published?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd really like to give this book three and an half stars instead of four, but I can't split a star. Yes, the writing is excellent, the plotting keeps the reader's interest, and the characters are well-drawn. On top of that, you have a boy who starts the novel self-conscious and somewhat afraid of being gay, but after he tastes love he matures into a more self-confidant, proud, even defiant young man. My problem with Fox's novel is the sappy ending. I have the strong impression Fox got tired of writing this story and just decided to quit after Chapter 20. Nothing in Chapter 21 grows out of the story. It's merely an unsatisfactory conclusion in which Billy dumps Al (a boy he supposedly loves) just when Al needs him the most, Evan dies from a "deus ex machina" stabbing, and Billy thinks he might go to Manhattan to live! We never learn how Billy's parents deal with their son coming out, and Billy's beautiful aunt -- a character with so much potential for the novel -- drifts through the latter half of the novel without becoming a real influence on Al and Billy's psychological development. Yeah, three and a half stars at most.