At the end of December, Lovereading in conjunction with Orion Books, sent me a copy of Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin for review.
The story follows Max, fifteen years old, handsome and the apple of his parents eye. Rarely in trouble, he is a stellar student, popular and a hit with the girls. It soon transpires however, that along with the every day problems of being a teenager, Max has some big secrets of his own. He was actually born inter-sex, something that only his family and some close friends of theirs are aware of. When the worst thing imaginable happens, Max is forced to face his condition head-on and think about who he really is.
This was a heartbreaking book about secrets, lies and relationships and was a really thought-provoking read about how society tends to treat people who are perceived to be different. Though I enjoyed the novel and found the premise fascinating, I read it pretty soon after finishing Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and I have to say that the themes in the books were pretty similar (it’s always weird when that happens). Of the two, I certainly enjoyed Middlesex more- it was definitely less melodramatic. I found the characters in this one to be a curious mix; some were very well-written, albeit uber-mature for their age and a few were inherently unlikeable.
You can read what I (and some other Lovereading reviewers) thought of Golden Boy here.
Golden Boy is published on 30th January 2014 in the UK.
Thanks to both Lovereading and Orion for the review opportunity.