The Boys on the Rock Author:John Fox 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 sc... more »hool, 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.« less
This book was a delight to read. It is a mere 147 page and goes like a brief summer. I have not been sixteen in a very long time so how much it speaks to ones past my depend on ones experiences and memories. The book is set in the period after the murder of Martin Luther King and Jack Kennedy. The various movements for self identity were just taking off and the book struck me as very reflective of that time as I experienced it as a political activist. It ends in a believable way with no nod to romanticism. I liked the book and thought it was worth the few hours it took to read. The died before he could fulfill the promise of his talent.