MAX WALKER – BLUE-EYED BOY OR GIRL NEXT DOOR?

‘Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book. – S J WATSON

‘A gripping read. Tarttelin is a natural storyteller’ MATT HAIG


‘Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author’ WE LOVE THIS BOOK

To the outside world, Max Walker is a golden boy: a loving son and brother, the perfect student, captain of the football team and every girl’s dream boyfriend. But Max was born intersex – neither fully boy nor fully girl. Now something terrible has happened to him, the consequences of which have left him questioning his gender identity.

Can the people around him – his girlfriend, his classmates, his ambitious parents – accept him for who he is? Or will Max’s secret tear his world apart?

Reviews

An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling.
HEAT MAGAZINE
Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once.
WE LOVE THIS BOOK
Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it.
www.onceuponabookcase.co.uk
Terrific. A poignant, brave and important book.
S J WATSON, author of Before I Go to Sleep
A warmly human coming-of-age story... [Max's] desperate search for identity is gripping, emotionally engaging, and genuinely unforgettable, as, indeed, is this accomplished first novel.
BOOKLIST (USA)
A gripping read. [Tarttelin] is a natural storyteller.
Matt Haig, METRO
a coming-of-age story worth seeking out from a young author widely tipped for great things
DIVA
I knew I was really into this when I missed my stop on the bus! It's about gold-star pupil, Max, and his MP dad, who have to deal with a hidden family secret surfacing.
COMPANY
If a book with literary ambition should both inform and entertain, as well as make you see the world in a different way, if only slightly, then Tarttelin has certainly achieved that.
Peter Raynard, LITRO
An original read about a young person in an extraordinary situation... Unlike anything you will have read before... Brave, unique and utterly compelling. This is a book that will certainly make you think about life.
HEAT MAGAZINE
Tarttelin broaches the topic of intersexuality bravely, describes the crimes committed against Max intensely, and evokes his ensuing emotions poignantly. A highly praised new author, her fresh, modern approach and contemporary writing style result in an inimitably of-the-moment novel which is beautifully matter-of-fact, eloquently meditative and fearlessly action-packed, all at once.
WE LOVE THIS BOOK
Golden Boy is an undeniably one of the most incredible books I have ever read...Such an important novel, one I wish everyone would read, one I feel should be read in schools. It's perfect, and I am so, so glad I've had the opportunity to read it.
www.onceuponabookcase.co.uk
An astonishingly good novel covering a rarely touched topic.
SO SO GAY
Abigail Tarttelin is a fearless writer. In Golden Boy, she balances a harrowing coming of age with a deeply compassionate portrait of a family in crisis, and the result is sometimes brutal, often tender, and always compelling. This is a gripping and fully-realized novel'
Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven