Boys on the Rock / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (25) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $10.29   
  • Used (19) from $1.99   


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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Read More Show Less

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: 1,244,694
  • 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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 13 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005


    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003


    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003


    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!!!:)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002



    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002


    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001


    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 13 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)