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Golden Boy – Abigail Tarttelin

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.

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?

My review:  Whilst possibly the most uncomfortable subject I’ve read about so far, this is still one of the most beautifully written and compelling debut novels around.  Golden Boy is a must read page turner .

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