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. Volume XII Number 9 . . . . January 6, 2006
A.J. Brandioso finally made the AAA Cyclones hockey team. In a town where there is not much to do in the cold, unforgiving prairies during the winter months, hockey is the center of the social world. Tully Brown has been A.J.'s best friend for the last three years, and when they both make the team, they are thrilled. More than once, however, A.J. is subtly and not so subtly, reminded that he is considered a marginal player, which means that he has to work extra hard to stay on the team. His desire to become NHL material is overshadowed by his coach's instructions to become a heavy hitter, making him known around town as the "Bad Boy."
A.J. and Tully have both worked really hard for this second chance, both having been cut the previous season, and they have spent many hours pushing weights to strengthen and tone their bodies to be fit and lean enough to play a higher level of hockey. In a world where machoism reigns supreme, the toughest and the fastest will rule the ice. But all of this comes crumbling down around A.J. when he happens upon Tully in a most compromising position and the friendship that he holds so dear threatens to choke the life out of him. How does a seventeen-year-old boy deal with homosexuality in the most confusing time of adolescent sexual identity?
Winner of Canada Council's Governor General's Literary Award in 1989, Bad Boy still hits the raw nerves of homosexuality, but it does so via a sensitive, adolescent innocence.
Rita Rebizant is an Educational Assistant in Hanover School Division and a teacher candidate in the B.Ed. program at the University of Manitoba.
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