Golden Boy (2013) 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… 2013-05-21 Fiction Atria
Book Review

Golden Boy (2013)

GOLDEN BOY by Abigail Tarttelin
GOLDEN BOY by Abigail Tarttelin
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 21, 2013; Writer: Abigail Tarttelin; Genre: Fiction; 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 15, 2013 Published in issue #1260 May 24, 2013 Order article reprints