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Billy's Boy (Harlan's Story #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  270 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
For those who know Warren's previous novels, this is the third in a series. The first, The Front Runner, is about a young gay distance runner who was outed on his way to the Olympics. For those who haven't read The Front Runner yet, Billy's Boy stands alone as a story.

Billy's Boy is a first person story, about a teen's passionate search to know more about his dead gay fat

Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 11th 1998 by Wildcat Press (first published 1997)
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Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Taylor, my sister, and Sam
I love this story. Love it. It fed my soul.

If I could write a book of my own, I think it would be very similar to Billy's Boy. And if I could gather all my own chosen family up and hand them one book to remind them of the value of having each other, it would be this novel. In so many places throughout the story, the characters' conflicts and relationships spoke to me; they really are nearly a mirror of the people and emotions that populate my own family life.

Warren has a powerful message to send
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A little disappointed with this final book in the series. This is the story of an artificially inseminated offspring of Billy Sive, the gay track start from The Front Runner, and his lesbian friend, Betsy Heden. It is written from the perspective of the pre-teen main character, William, but the conversations he has with his peers seem a little too mature for an 11-y/o. Contrast this with the attitude William has against life in the other extreme... trashing his bedroom and handmade telescope in ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, read this one in about a day. Writing is kind of clunky, but I still couldn't wait to see how the family turned out.
Reech Campillo
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Guess what? I read this tittle in Spanish, in Spanish from Spain that would be. And it was bad big time. As usual it had a lot of expressions that are used only in Spain. Also the book seemed fragmented it jumped from one thing to another, one sentenced talked about something then another sentence a totally different thing. I guess Patricia tried to do that thing she did with Harlan's Race when she would write exactly like Harlan would. Also, so muuuch happened to the poor kid no wonder he would ...more
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Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A unique follow up to The Front Runner and Harlan's Race. Justice is a stylistic departure from its predecessors as it is now focused on Billy's son, William. This third installment could be read independently of its predecessors but I think you would loose some of the subtle context in not reading them in sequence. Out of fear Billy has been raised without any knowledge of his father and at 13 he has some serious questions about his father and about himself. The answers he eventually finds are ...more
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This was the second book that she wrote to follow up Front Runner. It was really the book that tied up the charecters in the original book and did open the door for at least one more book and the charecters in this book. I hope that when I am Patricias age that I am as creative and productive as well as lovable as she is. The one wish that I have is that everyone who has loved these books could have the honor of meeting this great lady as I have had.She as a woman has had such great insights to ...more
Nadosia Grey
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story is unbelievably real. The characters and their struggles reflect the harsh world with which we live in today. I have not read any other novels by Patricia, however I did not need to. This book is full of characters with depth and substance, offering no dull moment. My only concern is the way things turn out at the end of the book. A lot of things are still unanswered, but less so than when the story began. Overall a good book, that screams realism!
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have to be honest. I loved The Front Runner and Harlan's Race... so it bothers me this book is so terrible. The point of view comes across as forced. William is a terrible protagonist. The addition of characters like Anna could be so wonderful and falls short. Even Betsy comes across as weak I guess the first two books gave me high expectations that really didn't shine here. I still reread this book, which is why I gave it two stars - but it's just because it comes after 1 and 2!
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
This wasn't as good as The Front Runner. It was I didn't mind it...but it didn't have the same feeling. It was more for a kids of gay parents. I think it would make more sense for them to read it and the other they have an understand of how they feel.
Michael Jacobs
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It took a little to really get into it but when I did I didn't want to put it down. I was really impressed with how well she developed the struggles of an adolescent male.
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Patricia Nell Warren grew up on a historic ranch in Montana, spent many years working in the New York media, and has lived and traveled extensively in Europe. She now resides in Los Angeles County, where she writes both best-selling fiction and provocative political commentary. While her earlier works came out from establishment publishers like William Morrow and Random House/Ballantine, today Wil ...more
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