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  • Hardcover: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Wildcat Press (30 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964109948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964109940
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,927,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mystery surrounding the death of his fat her forces 12-year-old John William into a challenging, terr ifying search for answers. Along the way, new questions aris e about sex, love, family and friendship. '


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
After the Front Runner and Harlans Race it was hard to imagine that Patricia Nell Warren could achieve a third unmissable read, but she has. A moving account of growing up and self discovery that will surely touch anyone who reads it. I can't wait for the forth and final book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is about a boy who grows up unware of the past that surrounds him. He finally finds out the truth about himself and who his father was. This is the story of him discovering himself and the whole new family that he has longed for, and accepting them. I could not put this book down.
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By Gary2 on 7 Dec. 2013
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Unbelievable third book in the 'Harlan Brown' trilogy. In the 'Front Runner' and 'Harlan's Race', Harlan was the hero - a man who we could look up to. In this book, Billy's boy is supposedly the artificially inseminated product of Harlan's lover, Billy and his lesbian friend. I found the disfunctional 'commune' of people who inhabit Harlan's new world out of place and as Harlan falls apart through the course of the story, his halo slips considerably which is disappointing after the reader is drawn to him in the first two books. It is no wonder that the boy becomes a rebel and makes a nuisance of himself. What I found strange was that at 14 years of age, his disappearances for days on end seem to be tolerated and he is somehow expected to have sex and as long as he takes all the necessary precautions it seems to be more or less OK - unlikely, I would have said, in American society. Not very creditable.
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By B. pett on 17 Aug. 2014
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New Directions 10 April 2001
By Toby Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first read "The Front Runner" years ago, I couldn't have predicted were the story would go. Rereading it after reading "Billy's Boy," I can see how far the characters, and we, have come. Billy's story couldn't have been told back then. It takes us into the thoughts, worries, and doubts of a remarkable young man and the remarkable adults who nuture him. We get to see, close up, the effects of stifling religious proscription and the terrible cost it has on those with such a narrow faith. We also get to see how fully secure, responsible people bind themselves together to stand up for their rights. What started out as a simple love story has blossomed into a clear look at created families and the superiority they have, in some cases, to their biological progenitors. I hope the story continues. But, if it doesn't, I hope that Patricia Nell Warren publishes an account of how she wrote "Billy's Boy." It would be especially interesting to find out how her work and advocacy with gay and lesbian youth helped her create the wonderful story she told.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
All for the love of Billy 21 Mar. 2000
By Joe Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THE FRONT RUNNER was perhaps the best gay oriented novel I have ever read. Who didn't come to love, admire, respect and mourn Billy Sive? By the time we turned the last page, we had found and lost our best friend. In HARLAN'S RACE we looked for closure to that first story and slowly healed as the characters themselves did. Now with BILLY'S BOY, I find myself dipping my mind into a haunting memory pool hoping to rediscover Billy Sive all over again and coming up very disappointed. The author writes as well as ever, the characters are as interesting and touching as ever, it's just that the story doesn't fill the void that was left us in THE FRONT RUNNER. Like the ghostly character that haunts these three books, the race is an unfinished one.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
BILLY'S BOY strides to new distances since THE FRONT RUNNER 1 Oct. 1998
By Mike Ward (MiklBear@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In BILLY'S BOY, the third leg of THE FRONT RUNNER saga, Patricia Nell Warren is back in full stride ahead of the literary pack. A front runner in its own right, BILLY'S BOY shatters records and societal myths while keeping pace with some of our familiar family from THE FRONT RUNNER and introducing us to a whole new generation. BILLY'S BOY strides to new distances since THE FRONT RUNNER and HARLAN'S RACE, picking up the shattered pieces of some familiar lives and racing through some harrowing new territory with today's generation of youth. Some wonderful and unpredictable plot twists and a heart bigger and more vast than the cosmos that John William --our protagonist, BILLY'S BOY-- so desperately loves to search and explore in his dreams and with his telescope.
BILLY'S BOY is a must-read for all, though especially for teens, particularly those traveling down the tempting tarnished yellow brick road of gaydom. Many will find themselves here in these pages but more importantly they will find that family is not a basic unit one is borne into but brought unto, and the ties of chosen family are far stronger and much more reliable than the bonds of blood that often blind and break us for being who we really are. Beautifully deep and deeply beautiful, BILLY'S BOY spans the yawning chasm know as the generation gap and brings us all to the realization we are never alone in our aloneness and not that different in our differences.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What A Difference a Few Years Makes! 11 July 2000
By J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The original characters I loved from The Front Runner are back --- sort of. It is no longer the 70s, but the 90s, and it seems the child Harlan tried to conceive with his lost husband, Billy, is growing up and maturing and ---coming out of the closet. The novel switches from narration by Harlan to his son, William Heden. What was wonderful was to see the man we love, Harlan, through the eyes of the boy. We have spent over 20 years with just Harlan's point of view. I simply loved this book to all ends! It reminded me of the feelings I had as a young boy when i was struggling to come out and deal with my feelings. In my opinion, it surpases the second book, Harlan's Race, because it doesn't have a forced / contrived feeling to it. These are grounded characters who we have grown to love. Its natural, and beautiful, and I could never write more complimentary things about an author like Patricia Nell Warren!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Seeing Yourself through Someone Else's Eyes 2 Dec. 1999
By Joseph E. LaFleur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read three of Patricial Nell Warren's books. This one, the Front Runner and Harlan's Race. Billy's Boy touched me. As I read the pages, I saw myself burning the same candle and looking at the same images, always holding on to the past or what could have been. I have never experienced such a powerful feeling of introspection as the one brought on by this book.
This wonderful book has the power to make you look at yourself through new eyes. I can honestly say that I am not the same person after having read this and the authors other books.
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