Freak Show by James St. James
Freak Show by James St. James is an amazing novel and one of my favorite reads. This book follows Billy Bloom, a teenage boy with killer style who’s just moved from Connecticut to Florida.
How do I even begin to describe Freak Show, without giving away how amazing it is? Go out purchase this book immediately and lock yourself away ‘till it’s read cover to cover multiple times! Imagine, if you will, being pulled into a comic like Archie, or Betty and Veronica and throw in a dash of Mean Girls fabulousness.
Billy Bloom, the main character, is seventeen, and as a young drag queen, challenges the WASP nest that is Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and its denizens. The cheerleaders, the football players, and the “Aberzombies” welcome Billy with less than open arms. Billy’s attempts to shine and be accepted are met with spit ball after spit ball, igniting in Billy a fire to stand up for himself and other kids at school, who had been cast aside.
James St. James, writing style, brings the character of Billy Bloom to life. As if he’s talking to you and only you, giving you, the reader, his undivided attention.
It’s harsh, over-the-top, and all too real play-by-play of the horrors some of us might have actually witnessed in high school; either first hand, or as quiet church mice on the sidelines struggling to speak up against high school atrocities.
I knew a kid like Billy in high school, who was out and proud and stood up for himself against the relentless name calling and snickering. A strong individual, who turned hate into strength.
James St. James’s Freak Show, is a piece of literature, so touching and funny, it will make you laugh and cry. This book will give you something to think about while remaining as every bit entertaining, glamourous and fabulous from beginning to end.