Max Walker is a golden boy. Attractive, intelligent, and athletic, he’s the perfect son, the perfect friend, and the perfect crush for the girls in his school. He’s even really ...more
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max is an intersex teenager who identifies as male. when he becomes the victim of a sexual assault, the consequences are both physically and emotionally devastating and wayyy too much for a sixteen-year-old to deal with, especially one who has until then led such a charmed life.
despite having to carry this secret his whole life, max was remarkably well-adjusted before the attack. he is an accomplished athlete and student, his home life is fairly stable, despite two overachieving parents and wha ...more
I read this as a birthday gift for the smart and beautiful, Vane who is celebrating her birthday on September 19. Happy birthday, hun!<3 Don't forget to greet her!^^Originally, she unreasonably asked me to read books two to four of the Monstrumologist series before her birthday. (Girl is dreaming! Lol). Instead, I read this standalone which she recommended perhaps a little halfheartedly. Lol.
This is a story about a unique 15 year old named Max, a perfect golden boy who everyone adores but wh ...more
Onde estão as 5 mil estrelas? Precisava delas agora. Este vai andar ao meu colo pela casa até eu sentir que já lhe transmiti o meu amor todo (é, um hábito estranho eu sei ahah quando gosto muito de um livro não o consigo largar logo!) E gostava de fazer um vídeo sobre ele, pois claro que gostava mas como é que vou consegui fazer isso?!
I think it might be the best thing I've read in the last couple years, and I'm not good at choosing favourites. Still, a book that makes me sob my heart out - silently, in the middle of the night - is not something I encounter everyday. An emotional impact this powerful is something to commend, and it's not the only exceptional thing about this novel.
I tricked myself a little bit when I started this book. Both covers are colourful and simply nice-looking, so even though I knew ...more
I feel like a big old meany for not liking this book as much as my friends did.
It is wordy and repetitive, the multiple viewpoints drove me nuts, and the characters lacked substance and authenticity. Though I really admire Max’s parents’ decision not to make their child undergo surgery to correct his intersex condition, I could strangle them for being so secretive about it and allowing Max to grow up and navigate the difficult world of adolesc ...more
Abigail Tarttelin has written an amazing story of Max, who is intersex - it is a topic that I have not really thought of much before now, not a lot of us would have I suspect. I feel like I am lost for words right now, I don't want to retell the story, this is one that must be read and understood by all that are lucky to read it.
Max's story comes to us from the people that are most important t ...more
Max is a hermaphrodite. "His" story is not an easy read. It begins in a rather shocking manner and continues in a sometimes disturbing and often unsettling direction.
When I first started reading GOLDEN BOY, I wasn't quite sure where the author would take us with such a cha...more
This is a story of an intersex child named Max. Nothing has been done to change Max since Max was a baby, so Max grows up identifying as a male, but is really both male and female. (That may seem some awkward wording, but it just shows how intrenched we are at labeling anyone a he or a she right from the beginning.) So, this ...more
Here's one small quote... Then I won't say anything more, other than this is an engaging page turning unforgettable important book.
"If we don't listen to him, if we take away his right to his own choices, his own body, then he ceases to be an autonomous being and becomes a thing."
Max is what people call a “golden boy”: He has perfect grades, he's good-looking, all girls have a crush with him, he's everyone's favorite, etc. He's also an intersex. But that's no problem – not even to him. That is, until he's sexually assaulted and he starts to question himself and people around him.
This book evokes so many feelings, but joy is not one of them. In general, it's depressing and painful to read, but I also got really, really angry at some points. This is highl ...more
What a moving and heartfelt story!
Max Walker is truly a golden boy.
A gorgeous blonde haired, blue eyed teen who is the envy of his peers and the one all the young girls dream about going out with.
He is great at school and is the captain of the football team.
And as well as all that, he is a beautiful soul who shares a close and loving relationship with his parents and his brother.
But Max has a big secret, he was born intersex and until now everything has been ok with him. He has long since come ...more
I am recommending it to everyone. Like “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (by Lionel Shriver), there is no way I will ever forget this story.
The intersex (previously called hermaphrodite) hero is incredibly well drawn and sympathetic. The story is bizarre, thoughtful, intense, well-written, and fast-moving. I couldn’t put it down. There is a disturbing scene in the beginnin ...more
I really could not put this book down for long..it's about an intersex boy named Max and struggles he's going through, one especially terrible, kept me up all night reading because I had to know what happened to him, the story is told from a few different peoples POV.
Wow. Just wow. This book hits you hard from the beginning, and doesn't let go until you've read the last word on the last page. I wouldn't recommend letting younger people or those easily offended/sensitive to touchy subject matters read this book, but that's just my opinion. I read the general summary of the plot on the Internet, but OH MY GOSH that did not prepare for the roller-coaster that is this book. But I say that with absolutel ...more
“The scariest thing is a secret,” he says very slowly and sort of rhythmically. “Secrets are like invisible maggots,” Max says s ...more
Through the use of multiple characters' perspectives -- and the empathy we ...more
Ugh, I really really wanted to love this book but there was just toooooo much stuff that happened it left me unsatisfied.
This book is really important. Top-priority-important. But the author tried to talk about so many things it was just too much to handle at some point.
Part of it was because I spiraled back into my video game obsession, plus spending my entire summer vacation watching a bunch of shows I've always wanted to watch but never did until then. But really, another reason is that whenever I look at the young adult books of today, it feels... exhausting, in a way. Because honestly a huge majority of it is still the same shit. A huge chunk of YA is still as uninspired and trope-infested as ...more
DBR ALERT!! DBR ALERT!!
Oh this shit is going to be a cacophony of insanity. How to express the mother fucking feels??
I LOVED THIS BOOK! OH HELL YES.... LOVED!
It made me so angry, so sad about the world we live in and the bullshit that is endured every day.
Watch this video, pretty please!!!
Okay, okay.... there are things that as a reader, and a lover of diversity, that I hated about this novel. Sometimes life is UN-FUCKING-FAIR, And as a quiet, ha, weak w ...more
One example: how the reader perceives the character when they are narrating, how the character perceives themselves, and how other characters perceive that character are wildly inconsisten ...more
Imagine.. There is not only Adam and Eve but a person caught in between.
Yes like that John Lennon song goes
Imagine...but with a new sentence,
finding out your life is different and that you're not only one....
That your not just male but also female, the emotion and feelings behind this, something one won't grasp or quite understand unless they have these two genders.
Gender may have never been more in your mind, in your face until you read this tale from a first person perspective, hol ...more
This book is so incredibly informative while simultaneously pulling the reader into a story that is so riveting it feels like a fast paced mystery thriller, even though it is a coming-of-age drama. The audiobook version is one of the most professionally executed I've ever listened to.
I was apprehensive about starting this book because I was worried the subject matter could be too graphic, clinical and even vulgar for my tastes. I was so wrong. It is handled with such maturity, such dig ...more
A very interesting story that helps to deconstruct prejudices regarding ...more
|The Socratic Salon : Golden Boy||1||9||Sep 21, 2015 12:19PM|
|Movie adaption?||2||11||Sep 10, 2015 06:06AM|
|readers advisory ...: Intersex.... transexual||11||60||May 03, 2015 04:28PM|
|Gary Stus in YA Lit||2||36||Jul 15, 2014 10:38AM|
|2014 Hub Reading ...: Golden Boy||5||44||Apr 28, 2014 10:26AM|
I'm the author of Golden Boy about intersex teen, Max Walker. Golden Boy won a 2014 American Library Association ALEX Award for Best Adult Books For Teen Readers and was shortlisted for a LAMBDA award for debut LGBT fiction!
I read all of my reviews and just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to my readers who have taken the time to tell m ...more