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The Boys on the Rock [Hardcover]

John Fox
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Jun 1984
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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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st Edition edition (Jun 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312094191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312094195
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,808,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful coming out story. 30 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Billy is a typical 16 year old high school sophomore. He's good looking, smart, and on the varsity swim team. So what's his problem? His friends are always trying to fix him up with girls. On the way home from school one day, Billy passes a store front that is being transformed into a political office. His eyes meet those of Al, who is readying the office. He volunteers to help in the campaign and also wants to get to know Al. Al and Billy begin to campaign together. They get to know each other. They also learn that their attraction for each other goes beyond mere friendship. After Billy invites Al to his final swim meet, they return to Al's house to explore these feelings. Al is much more conventional than Billy and is not as willing to be out. Billy cannot understand this and after a weekend at his Aunt's house, finally believes that this relationship will not work out. Billy must deal with these feelings and how they have changed his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Courage 11 Jun 1997
By A Customer
"The Boys on the Rock" is a coming-out story, like hundreds of others. Told in the first person by a teen-aged swimmer, it's the story of a boy's first attraction and his first love. More than this, though, and what makes it unique, is that it's a story of growing courage, a story of a boy whose sense of honor is ultimately stronger than his fear of censure, or humiliation. Billy, the narrator, is clearly more interested in being honest with himself and his peers about who he is, than he is in the rejection that is bound to dog him through the rest of his school years. I was stunned by the intensity of feeling so matter-of-factly presented. It's a loving, gentle tribute to the people we all should be, but few of us actually are.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save a therapy - read this book! 8 Aug 1997
By A Customer
Personal comment: This is one of the books that could change your life and save you a therapy. When I read it I was not yet sure about myself and far from being honest to others about my feelings. Then I read this book and the key sentence of the first person narrator Billy: "I won't lie to you any more!" (meaning all the world and us readers) hit me right where I needed it at the time. From that day I made this sentence my motto and my life changed completely - and for the better.

General comments: Yes - it is a novel about a gay teenager and yes - it contains some hot sex but unlike in other gay fiction those scenes are not the reason for the plot but they develop naturally from it. Billy is just the "normal" guy next door except that he happens to like boys.

The writing style is exceptional and the ending simply poetic. Read it - wether you're gay or straight - it will move you. If you're straight you might lose some prejudices and if you're gay it'll help you to feel even better about it though you'll probably cry at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful coming of age story 9 Mar 2014
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Written at a time when homosexuality was still its infancy, this brief, charming story of coming of age and coming out is an absolute classic. It is well worth reading over and over again and a worthy addition to anyone's bookshelf.
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