Bloomington High School North Library

Bloomington High School North

Golden boy : a novel

Review by Carrie Sharp on March 30, 2016

Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age

Throughout life you learn that secrets will only put you through constant turmoil and give those who know a strikingly unfair power over you, Max Walker learns this at a young age. In this coming of age novel by Abigail Tarttelin, you read from Max Walkers little brother, mother, crush, and his own point of view. Max is the perfect son, the perfect student, the perfect athlete, and the perfect man. All of Max’s life he has owned a persona that nobody could compete with. Underneath all of the surface details, however, Max is not so picture perfect. Max is a hermaphrodite and the only people who know are his mother, father, their two closest friends and their son whom he grew up with and looks up to. So far Max’s condition has not presented any problems, nobody in his family brings it up and he is treated just as anyone else would be. But as Max ages he encounters obstacles that he never has had to face such as sex, trouble at home, trouble from people he would least expect, and the crippling burden of his secret. Max and the other characters in Golden Boy create a story line so gripping that you will find yourself constantly wondering what happens next and what you would do if you were in the situations that are presented to Max Walker.