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Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other.15803173

Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really nice to his little brother. Karen, Max’s mother, is a highly successful criminal lawyer, determined to maintain the façade of effortless excellence she has constructed through the years. Now that the boys are getting older, now that she won’t have as much control, she worries that the façade might soon begin to crumble. Adding to the tension, her husband, Steve, has chosen this moment to stand for election to Parliament. The spotlight of the media is about to encircle their lives.

The Walkers are hiding something, you see. Max is special. Max is different. Max is intersex. When an enigmatic childhood friend named Hunter steps out of his past and abuses his trust in the worst possible way, Max is forced to consider the nature of his well-kept secret. Why won’t his parents talk about it? What else are they hiding from Max about his condition and from each other? The deeper Max goes, the more questions emerge about where it all leaves him and what his future holds, especially now that he’s starting to fall head over heels for someone for the first time in his life. Will his friends accept him if he is no longer the Golden Boy? Will anyone ever want him — desire him — once they know? And the biggest one of all, the question he has to look inside himself to answer: Who is Max Walker, really?

Written by twenty-five-year-old rising star Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy is a novel you’ll read in one sitting but will never forget; at once a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity and a coming-of-age story like no other.

My Review

Imagine.. There is not only Adam and Eve but a person caught in between.
Yes like that John Lennon song goes
Imagine…but with a new sentence,
finding out your life is different and that you’re not only one….
That your not just male but also female, the emotion and feelings behind this, something one won’t grasp or quite understand unless they have these two genders.
Gender may have never been more in your mind, in your face until you read this tale from a first person perspective, hold on, you may have some reaction to unfolding events in this tale, your emotion, your mind reacts, your heart feels something for this very personal journey,
the life of Max,
the golden boy,
the sixteen year old in this story,
a tale of finding oneself,
Max the girls just love and can’t keep their hands off, has a tale to tell a very great tale that will have you captivated from the beginning, i have noticed since this novel release recently, many readers have reacted to this dilemma, you will possibly have some facial reaction like tears and this may haunt your sleep, the shock, the horror, for more what happens against Max than who Max is, unfortunate, but the more you read this you will understand its not just something that remains in fiction but something that it is out there in our world, on which maybe we need to have some knowledge about not matter how different Max may be, he has needs, love is one of them, a place in this world is another, and a voice of which the author has given successfully Max one.
The author has really done a great job in showing and having you feel his dilemma, his condition and the unending battle he has between the tugs of the two pulling forces within him, in his chromosomes.
A unforgettable story that will have you reading in one or two sittings, immersed for the need to have a dilemma solved, an identity found, and some resolution for Max, a memorable character crafted by this author.


“Sometimes I still feel that there are two of me: one clean, flawless picture, the other imperfect and cracked; one boy, one girl; one voice that speaks aloud and one that whispers in my ear; one publicly known to have been troubled but be on the mend, the other who has privately lost something to do with innocence and gained something to do with knowledge and adulthood that can never be undone. I reel sometimes there are things that tear me in two directions, that there are two sets of thoughts that grow side by side. But then I realize that I am whole, whatever that means and does not mean; I am complete without the need for additions or alteration.”

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 31 May 2013