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Overview

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.

A sixteen-year-old from the Bronx, popular at school and "sort of" going steady, falls in love for the first time with another boy one exuberant summer.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is some of the brightest, funniest, most touching writing about adolescence I've read in a long time. And if ever a book will give straight readers an exact sense of what it's like to grow up gay, surely The Boys on the Rock will." —Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story

"John Fox is a talented writer with a singular voice. The Boys on the Rock is a unique coming-of-age novel. It is filled with wit...and fleshed out with characters rarely encountered in contemporary fiction." —Richard Price, author of Clockers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312104337
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 728,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

John Fox, a novelist and short-story writer, was a Bronx-native.  He died of AIDS at the age of 38.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005

    A GREAT COMING OUT STORY

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Suprisingly Eye Opening

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    What?

    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?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Great story

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Fantastic!!

    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!!!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    A Gay Boy Becomes a Proud Gay Boy

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Brilliant!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    I laughed, I cried, I remembered my first love!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Great Book...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    AN ABSORBING READ

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    I'm straight and I loved this book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    One of the Best Gay Novels Ever

    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.

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