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Bad Boy

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A.J. Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay, as he tries to cope with his own sexuality during his senior year in high school.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published February 28th 1997 by Groundwood Books (first published 1989)
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Aug 16, 2012 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, young-adult
Incredibly dated, very brief novel about a boy who discovers that his best friend is gay and sublimates his own homosexual desire by being violent in the hockey rink. Most of the action occurs off the page, and Wieler makes the mistake of focusing her narrative on a colourless protagonist and making the gay best friend storyline about anyone but the gay character himself.

The gay themes are fairly progressive for the time of publication, and Wieler is generally sympathetic to Tully, but there are
Jan 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it did not like it
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Oct 08, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
A.J. Brandiosa and his best friend Tully have finally made it! They're on the Moose Jaw Saskathewan AAA hockey team The Cyclones. All that working out has finally gotten rid of A.J.'s pesky baby fat and he's starting to like the way that he looks and the way that he can accomplish things on the ice that have always eluded him. Tully has always been the popular showboat both on and off the rink. But when A.J. gets a bit too physical in an early game and gets labelled as a "Bad Boy" and the team's ...more
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Feb 05, 2016 Hannah Kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gsrm-ya
I always worry about queer lit from a certain era, you know? But Wieler surprised me. AJ reacts to the news that his best friend is gay exactly the way a boy his age would - especially one from his time. Even all these years later, though, AJ's response rang true for me. The author handles Tully's queerness with grace and respect, and part of that respect is acknowledging that people can be crappy about it. For such an early addition to the queer YA canon, I am so, so impressed that it doesn't r ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it
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Jan 15, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, lgbt, sports
A.J. Brandiosa isn’t close to anyone like he is to Tulsa. When A.J. and Tulsa both make the Triple A hockey team, everything seems perfect. Until A.J. learns a secret Tulsa wasn’t ready to share: that he’s gay.

Despite being twenty years old, Wieler’s Bad Boy remains thoughtful and fresh. When A.J. uncovers Tulsa’s secret, the familiar narrative of the underdog sports team is complicated by questions of sexual identity. Much to her credit, Wieler writes a very human novel with complex characters
Mar 06, 2009 Althea rated it it was amazing
How well do you think you know your best friend?AJ a young teenage boy who plays hockey gets caught up in taugh situation when he has dicisions to make.I really enjoyed this book titled "Bad Boy" mainly because I can connect to most of the situations AJ gets placed in.This book gives a few examples of reality and makes the reader wonder what might happen if they were placed in the chareters place having to deal with the taugh situations.A lesson or two could be learned from this novel.When AJ d ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
Have you ever encountered something that you found out about your best friend? In the book "Bad Boy" AJ finds out a secret about his best friend Tully. When Aj makes the hockey team, he finally thinks that his life is getting better. When he thinks it has changed, something he finds out about his friend Tully hits him. The secret has AJ acting more wiolent and his friendship is at stake. AJ uses hockey to relieve all of his anger and frustration so he soon become the Bad Boy. I would reommend th ...more
Dated, but the hockey aspects are really well done.
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Diana Wieler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1961. She moved to Calgary as a teenager and, after high school, took the Television, Stage, and Radio Arts Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Working in radio in Calgary, and then for a newspaper in Saskatoon, proved to be valuable training for a writing career, which she now pursues full time.

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