Golden Boy

(2013)
Golden Boy, by Abigail Tarttelin

This is an extraordinarily compulsive read that I found serendipitously in our fiction section, having been drawn to the color on the spine and then intrigued by the jacket description.  The story centers around Max, an intersex teenager.  Max and his parents have guarded the secret of Max’s identity very carefully.  The three of them have very different struggles and perspectives over how Max should self-identify in a world offering him only two choices.  The author presents the story quite beautifully through the perspectives of multiple characters.  There is a truly horrible scene toward the beginning that spans several pages (this is not a spoiler).  There is also a bit of profanity, mainly from teenage characters; however, even if you have problems with profanity it is absolutely worth reading anyway.  I cannot recommend this title enough.  A profoundly, immensely moving book, it more than deserves all the 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

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