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Golden Boy [Paperback]

Abigail Tarttelin
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Book Description

30 Jan 2014

Max Walker: blue-eyed boy or girl next door?

To the outside world, Max Walker is a golden boy: a loving son and brother, the perfect student, captain of the football team and every girl's dream boyfriend.

But Max was born intersex - neither fully boy nor fully girl. Now something terrible has happened to him, the consequences of which have left him questioning his true identity.

Can the people around him - his girlfriend, his classmates, his ambitious parents - accept him for who he is? Or will Max's secret life tear his world apart?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780224591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780224596
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abigail Tarttelin is the author of Flick, Golden Boy and the forthcoming Mad Girls. She is the recipient of a 2014 Alex Award from the American Library Association and shortlisted for the LAMBDA Award for Best Debut LGBT Fiction, both for Golden Boy, a novel also featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O Magazine and more. In 2013, Abby was named one of the most powerful 25 people under 25 in England's capital by the London Evening Standard and since then has spent much of her time trying (in vain) to set things on fire with her mind. She loves talking to readers and regularly Facetimes schools, reading groups and book clubs. Find out more at Tweet her @abigailsbrain.

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An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling. This is a book that will certainly make you think about life. (HEAT MAGAZINE)

Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once. (WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it. (

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Abigail Tarttelin 'is a natural storyteller' (Matt Haig, METRO), and she has written 'a poignant, brave and important book' (S.J. Watson) about a young boy coming to terms with being intersex.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 17 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There doesn't seem to be much point in my giving a synopsis of this novel as nearly everybody else reviewing it has done an excellent job of that already.
However what I do want to say is that it's been one of my most enjoyable reads of the year and I have, via Facebook, Twitter and word of mouth, been trying to recommend it to absolutely everyone I can think of as "a must read, completely compelling, page turner".

Although I raced through it in record time of around 48 hours (sadly I didn't have the luxury of more free time or a holiday to finish it more quickly) this was a double edged sword because I was both desperate to reach a satisfactory conclusion and at the same time trying to eke it out so that I could have a little bit left for the next day and not have to say goodbye to the characters.

The storyline is centred on a secret, which although revealed early, sets in motion a series of spiraling emotional and increasingly traumatic events. The great strength and appeal are the different voices of the characters that relay the various strands of the unfolding drama from each of their points of view.

Each of the characters holds up beautifully and has a different mood and nuance. Max's little brother Daniel is particularly wonderful for bringing humour and lightening the mood at much needed moments. But without doubt it is the main character of Max who carries along the narrative. So often a book succeeds or fails on the strength of it's central figure and it couldn't have done better in this case than Max.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject sensitively handled 19 Feb 2013
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I enjoyed this book, dealing as it does with a sensitive subject. The cover of the book is at such pains not to reveal the principal character's secret that it would be churlish to do so here. However that said, most people will be somewhat surprised by not only the nature of the secret, but the fact that it has been kept as such for so long. This exposes the novel's main flaw, which is, in my view that, to have kept the secret from inquisitive schoolchildren in the rough and tumble of teenage years, is not just unlikely, but really beyond credibility.

Once one gets over this stumbling block, the author writes with great sensitivity and draws her characters extremely well. So, an enjoyable novel for all that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, bold and uncompromising 2 April 2013
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I loved this book! Utterly gripping, taking us on a roller-coaster ride of emotion, I was up till the early hours of the morning, literally unable to sleep till I'd finished this. I don't want to give away anything about the plot so will just say that this is brave, bold, uncompromising, abrasive, robust and without sentimentality. There is perhaps a touch of idealism in the portrait of Archie, the GP, but, frankly, the world of the book needs her.

The characterisation is fluently done, and - a rare thing - different characters really do have different voices. Max is a standout character: beautifully drawn and with real charm and charisma which we can feel. His friends and family, too, come to life: flawed, struggling to deal with what life hands out, making mistakes, but getting on with life anyway.

Be warned, this opens with a shockingly brutal and visceral act which is not just physically but also emotionally violent, and which left me feeling shaky.

I don't give out five stars easily, but this deserves them: intelligent, wryly funny, warm and compassionate, this is definitely a book I'll read again. Highly, highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Katy Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Within a few pages I was completely drawn into this story. Like `Wonder', by R. J. Palacio, `Golden Boy' looks at a character we see very rarely in fiction. `Wonder' took the multiple-narrator approach to show us a facially disfigured boy, and `Golden Boy' also uses multiple narrators to show us the life and experiences of an intersex teenager, an adolescent with both male and female sex organs.

It's a bit of a wake-up call really, to see someone struggling with something most of us must take for granted: Am I a boy or a girl? Who am I attracted to? What will I look like as I grow up?

Early on, Max's fairly-straightforward teenage years are violently shattered by a family friend who immediately changes Max's life, confidence and identity. Max's younger brother (who displays classic symptoms of Aspergers'), his parents, his doctor Archie and his female friend Sylvie all narrate in turn and fill out the story from every perspective.

We see the gender issues from the academic perspective of the interested and empathic doctor, the innocent and unbiased child, the too-involved and trying-hard-not-to-but-being-controlling parent, the loving girlfriend. And Max as well.

It's a horrendous emotional and physical journey that Max finds himself on, and the reader starts finding themselves questioning assumptions and stereotypes about gender.

Max is intelligent and thoughtful and hard to dislike. I really liked the multiple narrators, seeing the characters through their own eyes and those of other people, and how they appear differently in each.

The writing is very confident and flows once you understand the structure of the chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost convinced it was autobiographically influenced!
This book is written with such authority and sensitivity that I could almost believe it to autobiographical. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr. G. S. Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoyed this book - very different story line and a great read.
Published 2 months ago by Lesley193cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
I don't want to give anything away at all. This is the first book in a long time that I have found difficult to put down . Read more
Published 4 months ago by ttofee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping - everyone should read it
I had to read this for a university course and I'm so glad I did. It sheds light on a condition which is far more common than we're led to believe in a compassionate and... Read more
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It had been about six months since I had listened to an audiobook, and I was desperately searching for the Right One to get me back into it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I thoroughly fell in love with Max & really couldn't put this book down. He was such a likeable character and I found myself blaming his parents one minute, then totally... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR FE JAMES
4.0 out of 5 stars Cuts you to the core!
This book cuts you to the core, the heart wrenching struggle of a teenager coming to terms with being intersex as well as coping with the usual teenage angst in a typical suburban... Read more
Published 6 months ago by didunn1
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a story!
Original, sometimes shocking, and all in all it totally mucks with your head. A brilliant read that had me totally gripped. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. L. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars "Remember not to exceed the dosage of the painkillers."
This subject was tackled by Jeffrey Eugenides in Middlesex, but this novel brings out the problems faced in quite a different and more intimate and engaging way. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eileen Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. Very interesting how the chapters are laid out and very emotional story. Recommended immensely!
Published 7 months ago by chelseyk
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