Diane M. (Walden, NY)
A story about a family trying to be perfect but holding a secret. Max, the "golden boy" - star athlete, handsome, intelligent - is intersex. A well kept secret until a childhood friend reveals it. What happens to the golden boy and his family afterwards is the basis for this story. I personally didn't like but it was a good story. I haven't read anything else like it. I would recommend only because someone might like it because of the theme.
Mary C. (Carmel, Indiana)
Golden Boy is the story of a happy successful English family. Their life is idyllic, but they guard a secret, their elder son, Max, is a an intersex, neither a boy nor a girl.
What a secret for child keep; what a challenge for the parents. How do they know they are doing the right thing? And is there a "right thing?
The author draws you into their lives and sweeps you to the dramatic conclusion. This book is fast paced and even suspenseful, sometimes funny, and always interesting. There is a lot to discuss here for a book club, about parents and children, and about differences and intolerance.
Caryl L. (Williamsburg, VA)
This is a different kind of book. A young man(Max) is dealing with his coming of age problems with a very complex problem. He is intersex.
Mother and Father disagree with how to handle this. Who is right and who is wrong or is there a solution? Why did they wait so long?
How does Max handle it? Add to that a little brother and a girlfriend.
It is written, rather than in chapter form, as each character states his feelings.
I must admit that I thought I would not like it. But as things moved along, I found that I became more interested in the and how each one deals with it. Not a page turner, but an interesting subject.
Mary R. (San Jose, CA)
Golden Boy – Not a Typical Coming of Age Story
Golden Boy is definitely not a typical coming of age story. This complicated story revolves around Max, who is an intersex teenager. He is both male and female. The story asks questions like what does it mean to be male or female? When does no mean no? What kind of betrayals can be forgiven? This story is told from the viewpoint of many different characters in the book and we see through their eyes how Max's story unfolds. The best part about this book is that the ending is satisfying and real.
Valerie C. (Chico, CA)
if it weren't January I would say this is one of the best books I've read this year. So, I'll say its one of the best I've read in the last 12 months. Similar to Jodi Picoult, the author takes on exploring the deep emotions and thoughts of the human condition confronted with common and not so common issues.
Carole V. (West Linn, Oregon)
The book starts out with a horrible, unthinkable thing happening- to Max, an intersex teenager. I was a little concerned that it was going to be a 'sensational' book. Rather, it was very well written, very believable, and thoughtful. Oh, the secrets we keep.......and the damage they do. Read this book; I think it's going to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Rarity of subject mirrored writing focus
Abigail developed interesting characters and had me hooked within the first 120 pages, but not right out of the box. The rawness of the subject made it hard to keep reading, until it didn't any more. I credit this to the author, but I can not explain how exactly. Most of the inner dialogue was appealing. Minor irritations, for me, were the continual awkward reminders of some character facts, and the phenomenal ending which did not fit the rest of the book. I am looking forward to her next.