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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  178 reviews
Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Re
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Atria
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Nicole Singleton Yes! But I recommend reading Black Iris and Cam Girl first to make sense of all the characters. ;)

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Emily May
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm playing another role, Mr. Happy Well-Adjusted Trans Guy. Because that's the narrative. The only story I'm allowed to tell is how much I hated myself before transition, how happy I am now.

Elliot Wake never fails to rip my heart out. You might remember him as Leah Raeder from the intoxicating mindfucks that were Unteachable, Black Iris and Cam Girl, but here he returns with a brutally honest book about a trans man, gender, and rape culture - a book that will challenge you to think at every
Oct 21, 2014 added it

The concept of this one has changed pretty damn drastically. It takes place in-universe with my three previous books. The hero is a member of the vigilante group Black Iris. You'll see a lot of familiar faces.

Get ready for some mindfucking. And genderfucking. And general fucking.

Inspiration board:
Elliot Wake
Jun 05, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: transgender, lgbt, ftm, trans
Hi. I wrote this. It's about a trans boy, like me.

I hope you like it.
Natalie Monroe
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People looking for a gritter, more realistic version of If I Was Your Girl
4.5 stars

"If only they knew what it felt like, being held hostage by your own skin."

A while ago, I read If I Was Your Girl, which is largely a sweet, coming-of-age romance with a transgender woman protagonist.

Bad Boy grinds sweet under its boot, jumps on it for good measure and hurls in a speeding van heading for the earth's core.

Like all of Elliot Wake's books, Bad Boy is gritty and ruthless. It plunges you straight into the experience of being a transgender man in this time and age. Where
Lala BooksandLala
I have LOVED Elliot Wake(writing under his birth name Leah Raeder)'s previous work immensely. In fact, Black Iris is one of my favourite books of all time. Unfortunately, Bad Boy just did not work for me.

I very much appreciate the conversation that goes on in this author's books. He starts great conversation about gender and sexual identity, and we get characters who identify in so many different ways, but we also get PLOT. STORYLINE. Content that includes and builds off of all those great topic
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am entirely in awe of how relevant this book is. This story is educating, genuinely human, confidently written, suspenseful, and above all it makes me hopeful that as long as representation like this exists, we CAN make this world better.

Okay so none of my words seem adequate enough to describe how brilliant this book is, so all I can say is: preorder now!
Dill Werner
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-reads
I honestly think I terrified the author himself when I told him I'd received a DRC in exchange for an honest review. No need to fear. It was well worth the heart-pounding Twitter exchanges, Mr. Wake. You get a solid "A+" with the expectation that there will be new and exciting works forthcoming from this very bad boy. Transgenderella, anyone?

“Imperfection” has never felt so perfect. This novel really should have pulled my hair and spanked my ass if it was going to mind f**k me so hard. Damn, I l
Wendy Darling
Dec 05, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult
"Information to come." It's by the awesome LR, I have all the information I need. ...more
Dec 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
My body. It's ready. ...more
Erica Martin
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
I’ve followed this author across their career, so this review will be complex. Elliot (formerly Leah) blew everyone away with Unteachable, yet each work since the aforementioned fails to match its quality. I sincerely believe Black Iris, Cam Girl, and Bad Boy fail in one way or another because the subject is too close to Elliot for him to present it in an objective manner. Objective does not mean stripped of authenticity; it means presenting the subject without taking a preachy, bitter, or conde ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got for review from the publisher via Edelweiss.
*Tamsin is dark-skinned, though I can't recall much else
*you're hard-pressed to find a het person in this novel
*Ren has depression, Blythe is bipolar

God help you if you try to read Bad Boy before Wake’s previous novels Black Iris and Cam Girl because it’s gonna spoil you hardcore on events and twists from those novels. I’m putting that first because I decided not to heed Wake’s warning a
Fenriz Angelo
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
I dnf'd at 50% but in the morning i decided to actually finish it, and i'm glad i forced myself to do it because now i have a better view of the book.

If there's a word to describe this book i'd say "juvenile", you might say "duh it's shelved as NA, what did you expect?". Though i don't like YAs NAs books a lot, i've read some that are actually pretty good and don't feel as juvenile as this one. What i mean with juvenile is the way the story is told. I think the book feels most of the time like a
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm really sad that it took me a lot longer to finish this book than I expected. And it's not even the book's fault. It's more like life—my life in particular—just got in the way. And it sucks because this book? Pure beauty and power.

I know people have their own opinions, own stands, own beliefs. But I've never been against the LGBT community. I think this community is nothing but wonderful and vivacious and unique. The fact that they're some of the happiest and most carefree people out in the w
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Renard Grant is a popular transgender vlogger who is also a vigilante saving terrorized women in his spare time. If your immediate thought is “that’s a bit of a mouthful” you would be right. Grant’s story is a rousing tale of discovering your true identity; something that Wake can speak from the heart about because his emotions shown clearly through the delivery. The transformation process is discussed in much detail and it’s enlightening and informative, shedding light
Taylor Knight
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was the first book that I've read from Elliot Wake and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd seen a lot of hype around his books but I'm always hesitant with really hyped books.
But I think the hype is well deserved because I really enjoyed Bad Boy.
I was pretty confused toward the beginning of the book because it focuses on "Black Iris" and I had no idea what that was. I'm assuming if I had read Elliot's other book, Black Iris, it would have made a lot more sense. I don't think that the books a
Just finished this one, and wow.

The story was a 4·5 star for me, I love Elliot Wake's (formally Leah Raeder) writing style, and this is his first book after he has transitioned.

A very brave story as he is using his life story transitioning as the main character.

The writing as usual is brilliant, but the authors notes at the end where he writes a letter to his old self (Leah) just had me in tears.

"I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to write this, to open my eyes and wake up as Elliot. But you carried us
Learns about Leah's new book...
Reads Leah's post about new book...
Visits Pinterest Inspiration board....

Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Aug 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: egalley
I’ve read all of Elliot Wake’s books, from Unteachable through Black Iris to Cam Girl, and I’ve watched the way his fiction has evolved from the earliest Leah Raeder days. Though I’ve had mixed results all along (Unteachable pissed me off, Black Iris surprisingly delighted me, and Cam Girl I was torn on), I can say with some amount of authority (how much that is you can decide on your own; I’m not claiming expertise here, but I do have knowledge) that Bad Boy is Wake’s weakest novel thus far.

Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I love Elliot Wake's Cam Girl and Black Iris but this one was just awful.
I think the only part I enjoyed reading was the acknowledgement at the end.

Most of the characters are from Cam Girl and Black Iris. Although they're complex and layered in their own books, here they fell flat and the characterization can be summrized in one or two adjective.

The plot is all over the place. Everyrhing's OTT and in your face(there's no layer to anything.) the whole idea of Black Iris is ridiculous and too fuc
Jan 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Idk what this book is about but you can bet your f*cking pony I'm going to read it. ...more
Okay, so this book basically destroyed me. I know I should try and write a proper review, because that's not a useful thing to say, but I don't even know where to start.

Wait, I do know. I start with the part where this sat on my Amazon wishlist for literally MONTHS because the Kindle edition was £9.99 and frankly that's too much for a Kindle edition (publishers, take note), so I was hoping it would eventually be reduced. I happened to check yesterday and it had been dropped to 99p, which was ev
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
3.5 stars

"An eye for an eye. I’d blind the whole world if I had to."

Just as it was the case with Black Iris and Cam Girl, the last page of Bad Boy by Elliot Wake left me feeling emotionally drained and in urgent need of hugs, but as every emotional junkie/ masochist reader I'm addicted to this type of books. Books that make you feel and leave some profound impression on you.

First of all - before reading Bad Boy, I highly recommend reading Black Iris #1 and Cam Girl #2, because the stories a
Dec 06, 2016 marked it as to-read-own-bought
How did I not know this was releasing today? (12/6/2016) Well - all the more reason I bought it. :) Mwhahaha. I'll be reading this as soon as I can do so. Looking forward to it. ...more
May 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-but-queer
i had a dream where i was looking at reviews for this book so i definitely have to read it now
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Whether she was formerly known as Leah Raedar or now known as Elliot Wake, the only thing that should matter is the writing. And Elliot Wake’s Bad Boy speaks for itself. This book is a bold, provocative, and an intense romantic suspense that will raise and question everyone’s perception of gender, sexuality, and reasoning. Though this not my typical kind of read, I found myself enjoying Wake’s edgy voice and writing as he constantly p
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I am not even sure where I start this review. I was super excited for this book. I really enjoyed Cam Girl last year and knew I had to get this when I saw it. However, this didn't quite have the same feel or impact for me and I am not sure exactly why.

Part of it may be the focus on Black Iris, a vigilante group, and I assume the focus of the book Black Iris which I didn't read. I kind of felt a little lost with all of that at the beginning and it took me a minute to grasp the concept, th
talon smith
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I liked this book because I love Blythe, Armin, Laney, and Ellis. I loved Black Iris. So that is a plus...?

Bad Boy is actually very melodramatic and actually kind of hmm, "weird". I found the whole idea of "Black Iris" very unrealistic in this book and it made me see Laney, Blythe, Armin and Ellis in a different view point. I found them to be rude, heinous, sad and honestly I think I would have preferred not to see them again at all because Elliot ruined them for me. There, I said it. I didn't
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
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*edited to add - if you're not an open-minded individual, or possibly weirded out by a trans sex scene, this may not be the book for you. It's so much more than romance but might not be for everyone.

This is my first venture into Elliot Wake's twisted and poetic world. Bad Boy hit on all levels for me. Witty, incredibly smart, tragic, vengeful, the list goes on! I've got to be completely honest, I'm not a stranger to LGBT romance as I frequently read M/M, but this was my first venture into an
Vanessa J.
Apr 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
Is it enough of an excuse to say that I want to read this because Leah Raeder is the author? For me, it is. She's the sole author in the NA genre for whom I have faith - the only author I can trust will write nothing that will offend me in any way. We need more writers like her - in both NA and YA. Needless to say, I'm really excited for this book, even when I have read neither Black Iris nor Camgirl. ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every. Time. I can't rave about these books or this author enough, and I'd be an incoherent mess if I tried to do either justice.

The acknowledgments alone hit me hard. This is such an important book and transitional endcap.
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ELLIOT WAKE (formerly known as Leah Raeder) is a transgender author of four novels: Unteachable, Black Iris, Cam Girl, and Bad Boy. Aside from reading his brains out, Elliot enjoys video games, weightlifting, and perfecting his dapper style. He lives with his partner in Chicago.

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