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Boston Boys Club Paperback – May 1, 2007

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Editorial Reviews


"Boston Boys Club is racy, funny, and smart. With his unforgettable trio of narrators, Johnny Diaz ushers the reader through the sex-filled, weirdly skewed world of contemporary gay Boston. You're going to love this book." -- Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear

"Johnny Diaz brings to palpable life the ins, out, ups and downs of gay city life and its most dangerous pastime: dating. In chronicling the love lives - or lack thereof - of three good friends who meet weekly at the local watering hole, Johnny Diaz gives us situations, hopes, fears, and especially characters that all readers will identify with, and may even recognize as themselves. At turns comic, touching, and tragic, Boston Boys Club is sure to serve as a testament of American gay life in the new millennium, and the timeless search for Mister Right - or Mister Right Now. An addictive read.'' -- J.G. Hayes, author of A Map of The Harbor Islands

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"Make way for the boys of summer! Johnny Diaz has written a sexy beach-read romp you won't be able to put down." --William J. Mann, author of Where the Boys Are and All American Boy

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758215452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758215451
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Johnny Diaz is a features reporter at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Prior to that, he was a media reporter for The Boston Globe's Business section, where he covered TV news, radio, print and advertising. Johnny was also a features writer for The Globe's Living/Arts section for three years.
Before that he was a general assignment Metro reporter for his hometown newspaper, The Miami Herald. As a reporter there, he shared in the 2000 Pulitzer award coverage of the federal seizure of Elian Gonzalez and the chaos that erupted in Miami afterwards. Johnny is the author of Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans and Take the Lead. The Spanish version of Take the Lead is called "Tomar La Iniciativa." Johnny's fifth novel, "Looking for Providence," is set in Rhode Island. That book will be released May 2014.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on May 14, 2007
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Tomas "Tommy" Perez is 29 year old Cuban-American who recently relocated from his native Miami to Boston, to take a job as a reporter for a newspaper there. He misses his family, friends and the Cuban community back in Florida, but is slowly becoming more comfortable with Boston, as he checks out the local gay bars with Rico, a hunky Italian who has taken Tommy under his wing. When Tommy meets Mikey, Rico cautions him that Mikey seems to have a drinking problem, but Tommy is already falling in love with Mikey and doesn't heed his friend's advice.

But Tommy doesn't hesitate to give advice to Rico, when he sees that Rico seems to be afraid of developing anything more than a no-strings sexual relationship with any of the various cute guys he meets at the bar. Rico has been hurt in the past, as has Tommy, but Rico seems to have built a wall around himself emotionally, to avoid being hurt again, not realizing that would block him from true fulfillment as a loving person.

The book also deals with Kyle, a superficial and self-centered 23 year old gay boy who is trying to use his "15 minutes of fame" as a cast member on the "Real Life" show to jump start a modeling/acting career that isn't going so well. The surprise result of an HIV test brings him a lot closer to "reality" than he wants to be.

The author's bio seems to mirror Tommy's to some extent, which makes one wonder how much of this is autobiographical. Diaz's first novel is a narrative that is told alternately by the three leads, as well as Tommy's boyfriend Mikey. That allows the reader to get a better insight into the characters, and also to see one know what parts of his life and dreams he isn't sharing with his friends. It's a well-written, relatively light "beach read", and recommended as such. Four stars out of five.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chad le Couteau on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hi, I really hate to write a negative review but it's really necessary in this case. This is one of the worst books I've ever read. The main thing about it is the bizarre "brand-name-dropping" style in which it is written. I guess it's the author's effort to seem current, but it's really distracting. I'm not sure why it's written this way; maybe it's a comment on our advertising-drunk culture. The fact that a lot of the references are competing brands tells me that it's not paid product-placement.

As I sit on my Pottery Barn couch, resting my Reebok running shoes on my Ethan Allen coffee table, I read this terrible book. The bubbles from my Coca Cola tickle my nose and I accidentally spill some onto my J. Crew shirt, so I quickly grab a Bounty paper towel. get the idea

I got so bored reading this story that I used a highlighter pen to pick out all the brand name references. My book is now very colorful; they are on almost every page.

I read this entire book a couple months ago and have no recollection of the plot or characters, only of Coca Cola, American Eagle, and Gatorade.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By RicF964 on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've lived in Boston most of my life and have spent many evenings at Club Cafe'. If I were Tommy or Rico or any of these characters, I would have jumped off the Tobin Bridge years ago. Diaz's writing is juvenile, especially for someone who makes a living by writing and getting through this book was very difficult.

Although one character, Kyle (KY), is meant to be shallow, they're all shallow in their own way. Diaz keeps mentioning the brand of clothing they wear, like Aberzombie & Fitch, Gap, Old Navy...If I were wearing Gap, I wouldn't be bragging about it. Tommy gets a new condo and has Pergo flooring installed...why do we care? I understand that authors need to change some things, but if you're going to use the real name of the bar...Club Cafe'...then you should use the real nickname...Club So Gay, not So Gay Cafe'. And the only high point in these guys lives is to go to CC EVERY THURSDAY?!?!? Get a life!

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Torocsik on August 30, 2007
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I had high hopes for this book; being a south florida -- boston transplant myself, but I found this book to be tedious and predictable. I am a fan of Johnny Diaz' writing for the globe but this novel lacked humor, wit, and any real character development. All three; Tommy, Rico, and Kyle lacked any depth what-so-ever. All the pop culture references: names, dates, song lyrics, even repeated multiple times, became obnoxious and annoying. The stereotypes, (jockish men at the gym, "ripped bodies" cher lyrics, A&F tanks, rollerblading on the charles, etc.) and constant spanish-english translation (i think we know what familia means) made me skim through paragraphs just to be done with them. Tommy wasd supposed to be our affable character, but he just came off as a googly-eyed goodie-two-shoes. Attempts at humor just came out corny, Never made me laugh.

Would I get the next Johnny Diaz book?

Probably, but he needs to step it up for me to finish it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Smith on December 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Boston Boys Club delivers a fun, punchy, and entertaining story about three friends/frenemies -- Tommy, Kyle, Rico-- living la vida loca in Boston. Johnny Diaz has created a great read which gives readers a fun view of LGBT life in Boston, as well as a chance to think about issues that affect all our communities -- drinking, fame, dealing with after-fame, and romantic relationships.

And since this West Coast boy has never been to Boston, it was nice reading about all the exciting places in New England that are important to the people there. An entertaining book! I'm looking forward to more novels from Johnny Diaz!
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