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Bad Boy

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Hockey is the only game worth playing in the rough-and-tumble prairie town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. When sixteen-year-old A.J. Brandiosa makes the Triple A team of his dreams, he can hardly believe that his life is finally coming together.

And then it falls apart. A.J. makes an unexpected discovery about his best friend and teammate, Tulsa Brown, and he can't keep his ra...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Groundwood Books (first published February 28th 1990)
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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...more
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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...more
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
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
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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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