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Golden Boy

Golden BoyMax Walker is a towheaded 15-year-old who's co-captain of his soccer team and generally beloved by boys and girls alike in his British town. But he has a...Golden BoyFictionMax Walker is a towheaded 15-year-old who's co-captain of his soccer team and generally beloved by boys and girls alike in his British town. But he has a...2013-05-17Atria
GOLDEN BOY by Abigail Tarttelin

GOLDEN BOY by Abigail Tarttelin

B+

Golden Boy

Genre: Fiction; Author: Abigail Tarttelin; Status: In Season; Publisher: Atria

Max Walker is a towheaded 15-year-old who’s co-captain of his soccer team and generally beloved by boys and girls alike in his British town. But he has a secret: He was born with an equal number of male and female chromosomes and is what his doctor calls ”a true hermaphrodite.” In her American debut novel, Golden Boy, Tarttelin writes sensitively about how an intersex child might cope with the heightened emotions of adolescence, though Max can seem almost too perfect (and docile) even as he endures a series of plot twists that lean heavily on coincidence or melodrama. B+

Originally posted May 17 2013 — 12:00 AM EDT

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