Sunday, 14 February 2016

Book Review: Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

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I've always got a book on the go, usually with a few magazines scattered around, waiting to be read too. In January I switched from my usual chic lit and chose Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin, story about an intersex called Max. Before reading this book, I never really knew much about intersexes - basically it's a condition where someone is between a female and male, commonly known as a hermaphrodite. 

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It centres around a character called Max, the perfect son, clever student and apple of the eye of all the girls. Although he understands his condition, his parents are hiding a lot more than what is on the surface. As he grows older, girlfriends start expecting more and a series of events spark off a difficult decision for Max and a lot of questions unanswered.

It delves into the complex struggles of being an intersex and how family and friends come to terms with understanding the condition. Perhaps some could describe it as a 'coming of age' story, previously something you wouldn't read or hear about in books or across the media. Everyone goes through the 'who am I' argument and struggle once in their life (also known as a teenage-mid-life-general-crisis!) but this story goes even further. 

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Each chapter is split by character, which is one of my favourite styles to structure a book. The best character in my opinion is Max's little brother, Daniel because even thought his parents think he's too young and naive to understand what Max is going through, he actually 'gets' Max the most. But maybe it shows that kids are my aware and understanding that what adults think. 

One of the dangers of writing a book which is controversial and never really been written about in book in the way this one has. It depicts the story and confusion of an intersex in an emotional and sensitive manner, whilst being totally concise and medically correct. Don't let the medical terms put you off though, it's 100% gripping and unlike any other story I have read before. 

Overall, if you're looking for something different and to broaden your reading horizons, definitely check out Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin!

What book are you currently reading?

Rhiannon x

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