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A Boy Named Phyllis: A Suburban Memoir

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
What's a boy to do? An only child, a little chubby (and carrying it low). By age six already a regular in the Sears Husky Boys Department. Young Frankie is also gay, and he's trapped in the aluminum-sidinged, lawn-sprinklered, what-exit? wilds of New Jersey suburbia. Imagine Elton John born to an Italian-American Edith and Archie Bunker and you've got the picture. A Boy Na ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published June 1st 1996)
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Jan 11, 2015 Isaiah rated it it was ok
I picked this book up at a queer resource center in Berkeley when they were clearing out their bookshelves. I thought it was going to be able a trans person, but instead it was about a gay boy growing up.

Overall this book was boring. It had whole chapters devoted to really inane things like taking family drives. I feel awful saying someone who is putting their life out there for all of us to read is boring or annoying, but this was boring and annoying. I had to force myself to read it and had to
Ada Veen
Dec 27, 2014 Ada Veen rated it it was amazing
I got this book because I love the FDS on Sirius. I should point out that I am a straight female from Louisiana, if only to illustrate that this book is a great read for anyone. Well, anyone with a sense of humor. I suppose Frank and I are from two different worlds, but there is a universal theme in his memoir that everyone can relate to --- isolation. Whether it's from your peers or geographical location, we all have felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point in our lives (here's looking ...more
May 31, 2014 Cyanemi rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-memoir
Maybe a 3.5. I listen to Frank Decaro on Sirius and really enjoy his show. The thing is his parents loved him and that is a big plus. There was a time in history when people felt it was okay to trash their father for being distant etc. Frank D does this in the book but never once mentions how his father supported him, his mother and his grandmother. School was rough for the different back then and the author does a good job on retelling the hard times and his first love and his friendships. Ther ...more
Benjamin Revier
Filled with nostalgic references of 1960's & 70's pop culture, this is an easy anecdotal romp through one young homosexual's formidable years in suburban New Jersey. Refreshingly not posing any sort of agenda, DeCaro simply writes of his experiences throughout childhood and adolescence, embracing the levity of each life experience (difficult as it may be at times). All in all, a very easy, comically conversational read.
Apr 05, 2014 Rj rated it it was amazing
A cute little memoir about a young gay male growing up in suburban New Jersey. DeCaro has a way with words. The book is similar to the story of another young gay Italian male, Mambo Italiano and it reads like it could be a script.
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
The memoir was amusing. I loved DeCaro on the Daily Show.
Catie Lynch-App
Oct 26, 2014 Catie Lynch-App rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!
Nov 18, 2010 Jackie rated it liked it
Reading this for class, so it is annoying. First time in a while I am reading something because someone else told me to! But it is good for teaching the use of character description to move a narrative. Also, the use of humor to help the reader get through the dark stuff.
Andrew Farr
Sep 29, 2009 Andrew Farr rated it really liked it
Though this may be funnier if you've lived in or near is still bound to be hilarious. The tale of growing up gay in NJ.

I recommend this to all gay men, especially those with strong female influences.
Avis Black
Simply hysterical. DeCaro has no shame about letting you know about his Bobby Sherman crush, and other embarrassing delights. Recommended.
Brian Kennedy
May 31, 2012 Brian Kennedy rated it liked it
Funny writing, but no narrative arc other than telling stories from childhood to young adulthood-- which left something to be desired.
Mrs. L
Jun 03, 2013 Mrs. L rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, memoir
While I enjoyed this book and I thought the way the author described things was very good, I still found it a bit disjointed.
May 27, 2012 Robyn rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, poignant, and quick read. He's much older than I am, but we went to the same high school. Very talented writer.
Apr 18, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
So touching and heartwarming. His family descriptions are incredible. I want to be buds with this guy.
Oct 18, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it
Nothing is funnier than a gay boy in New Jersey.
Sep 01, 2012 Denise added it
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What a funny guy. Love him.
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