Bad Boy

Bad Boy

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"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 Ren has been living a double life. Off-camera, he's Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence. But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He's a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for. Just like every other guy: at heart, he's a monster, too. Now Ren's got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he's a good man. But that requires facing demons he's locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he's not such a good guy after all."-- Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2016
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 24 cm
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition, First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ò016
ISBN: 1501115014 hardcover


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LPL_KateG Jul 21, 2017

This is both a romantic thriller AND a groundbreaking coming-of-age novel. Elliot Wake previously published under the name Leah Raeder and this is his first novel as an openly trans author. He combines a thrilling story about juicy revenge (and sexy sex) with narratives documenting the protagonist's emotional/physical journey as a trans man. I really enjoyed both elements of this book, and the "educational" parts (which truly were valuable) were inter-spliced in a way that did not feel forced. I'm very excited to see what Wake brings us next!


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