Book Review: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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The Walker family is good at keeping secrets from the world. They are even better at keeping them from each other. Max Walker is a golden boy, with a secret that the world may not be ready for. This novel is a riveting tale of a family in crisis, a fascinating exploration of identity, and a coming-of-age story like no other.

About the book:

Title: Golden Boy

Author: Abigail Tarttelin

Pages: 347 (Hardcover)

Published: May 21st 2013 by Atria Books 

My Thoughts

Ugh, I’m so frustrated with myself right now because I can’t write a good enough review for this book! I loved this book because it was amazing, duh! But, I wish I could write an amazing review!!!!! I guess I have no ingenuity left anymore and this review’s gonna sound a little perfunctory or…blah. Anyway, lemme sob for three minutes and then I’ll begin gushing about this book.


If there’s one book everyone on this planet should read, it is this one! I have already ordered it from Amazon so that I can gift it to my brother.  I loved it so fucking much that I’d probably even pay you to read it!

It is an important book about intersexuality, and often books like these tend to be slightly boring, but this one was a page-turner. I haven’t read a lot of books like this (only two), so this one was quite important. I’ve always had my eyes on this one but I didn’t pick it up until now, especially because I didn’t like the blurb. But this book was so interesting that I pulled an all-nighter to finish it and then I boohooed all day, because it was sad too. And… it also gave me a freaking panic attack!

This book is about Max, who is a shy, sweet and intelligent intersex teenager. All the girls go bananas over him. He’s the perfect son, the perfect brother and also an amazing footballer. But, after he is raped by someone he’s always trusted, all he ever does is think about his being intersex.

I adored Max. He’s one of the best protagonists I’ve ever known, and I wanted to fight the people who kept letting him down. I loved him to bits, and that’s why I also fell in love with “kook” Sylvie and Max’s brother, Daniel. Sylvie could’ve been one of my favorite characters and I wanted to know a little more about her, but this book is about Max so it didn’t happen. This book explains Max’s confusion, anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness, and other feelings realistically.

This book is written in the POV of Max, Max’s nine-year-old brother Daniel, his mum Karen, his girlfriend Sylvie, his father Steve, his doctor Archie, which helps us understand certain things and the feelings of everyone around him a little better.

I think Abigail Tarttelin is an amazing, intelligent and a talented writer. I can’t wait to read more of her books.

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

All in all, I loved the book. It was an unputdownable read. It’s amazing and serious and important, and I think everyone should read it! I’d recommend it to older teens and adults, because of the subject matter. It’s one of the best reads I’ve laid my hands on.

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

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