In Frank Anthony Polito’s new novel, Drama Queers!, gays will take a trip back in time to the 80s where being cool meant a smoke between classes and obsessing over your choice in jeans: Jordache or Clavins?
“Ever since Mrs. Malloy assigned us the “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up” paper earlier that year in her 1st hour English, my mind had been made up…I, Bradley James Dayton,will be a famous actor someday!”
“Drama Queers! takes you on a fantastic ride back to the 1980s where you meet Bradley Dayton–a wickedly funny high school senior whose woefully uncool life always seems to be full of drama, even in the sorry little suburb of Hazel Park, Michigan. It’s 1987, the era of big hair, designer jeans, and Dirty Dancing. George Michael has “FAITH” and Michael Jackson still has a nose. Brad, on the other hand, has a thing for acting, and while his friends are trying to get laid, Brad’s trying to land the lead in Okla-homo! and practicing the Jane Seymour monologue from Somewhere in Time.
Sure he’d like to get laid too, but while Brad has known he was gay forever, the rest of “Hillbilly High”is not so forthcoming. Brad’s already lost one best friend, jack,who dropped out of marching band to step into the closet. But lately, things are looking up. Not only has Brad made the Homecoming Top Five, but Richie, a new, totally cute member of drama club, definitely seems to be sending signals–and he’s not the only one. Before senior year ends, Brad will know more about love, lust and friendship than he ever thought possible. Because if all the world’s a stage, he’s ready to be in the spotlight…”
After reading the first few chapters I was drawn into Drama Queers! as author Frank Anthony Polito tapped into Bradley’s high school spirit with ease, sophistication and most of all a genuineness that only a “drama queer” could exude. Not only will you go along Bradley’s school journey of self-discovery, you’ll also flashback to your own high school days and remember things like peer pressure, being uncool, and for many of us–dealing with the highs and lows of “being gay”.
Summer’s here and you’ll want to pick up your own copy for the beach, for a flashback or just for a good read. And don’t miss Frank Anthony Polito’s book signing on Monday June 1, 2009 @ 7pm–Barnes & Noble, 82nd & B’way, NYC–it’s sure to be queerfully dramatic!
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