Friday, July 26, 2013

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Abigail Tarttelin

ISBN: 978-1-4767-0580-4

*I won this book through a goodreads giveaway*

5 Stars

Max Walker is everything anyone could want in a son, brother, and friend. He’s academic and athletic and generally stays out of trouble.   Max’s mother is a prominent attorney and his father is running for political office. Besides the trouble his little brother seems to get into his family appears flawless.  Their secret is about to crash the image they work so hard to project though.  Max is intersex and only a few people know. When a trusted family friend abuses that trust they must face the reality that their world is going to change drastically.

The main reason for my rating this with 5 stars is the courage of Ms. Tarttelin and the bravery of this plot. This subject is something that is easier to avoid no matter how interesting it is so I really respect that. I knew from the beginning that I would rate it high because of one particular scenario. Some people will be taken aback by the vivid descriptions and subject matter as I am sure the author knows but she still chose to write it with brutal imagery.

I can’t say it enough…novels that make me look into stuff and want to learn more are honestly the best there are.  I could go on and on about the plot but that isn’t fair.  The format was something that I thought would bug me but it ended up being perfect for the flow and pacing which was great. There are characters that I fell in love with and some that I wanted to shake violently. Being invested in characters whether positively or negatively is very important and this novel delivered in that area also.

There really are no complaints and I know that I will be reading this one again as it’s an unforgettable novel. Needless to say…I truly recommend this one.


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