Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy


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Golden Boy is a coming of age story like no other. Once you start, you won't be able to stop reading it. Once you finish it, you won't be able to stop talking about it.

Max Walker is the golden boy.

He's the perfect son, the perfect friend and the perfect crush for the girls at his school. He's attractive, he's intelligent, he's athletic. He's even nice to his little brother. Max is going to pass his exams with flying colours. He's going to make his parents proud.

Max Walker has a terrible secret.

If his secret gets out, his perfect life will be blown apart. The consequences are unimaginable. But someone knows his secret, someone close to him.And that person must not be trusted because he could do great damage to Max. In fact he's already started.

Read Caroline Baum's Review:

Anyone who read Jeffrey Eugenides utterly brilliant Middlesex will be familiar with people known as intersex (they used to be called hermaphrodite). Due to a chromosomal glitch, they are born with both male and female genitalia. Adolescence is a particularly traumatic stage in this condition, as first fumbling forays into the sexual jungle can lead to confusion, shock and shame. Max Walker is the proverbial golden boy at school. Cute, popular, smart. But he also harbours a secret that causes him real anguish. When he is raped by his cousin, Max has to confront some very adult choices that impact on everyone in his close knit, nuclear family. The story is told from the point of view of every member of the family plus the doctor that Max confides in, and offers a very sympathetic perspective on intersexuality. The fact that it was written by a twenty-five year old makes it a very impressive achievement indeed. It's brave, confronting, tender, raw and real, a coming of age story like no other.

About the Author

Abigail Tarttelin, an actress and writer, was born in Grimsby in 1987. Her first novel, Flick, published when she was 22, was heralded as a 'cult classic' by GQ. She blogs for The Huffington Post and is Books Editor of Phoenix magazine. She lives in London.