Written by: Abigail Tarttelin
Publication Info: 2013, Atria
One Line: When seemingly perfect teen Max Walker suffers a horrible trauma, his life starts to fall apart and he must think more about something that has always been part of him: he is intersex.
Brief Summary: Max Walker has had a seemingly charmed life in a small town outside of Oxford, England. His younger brother is a bit odd, yes, and his parents sometimes distracted by work – both Oxford-educated lawyers, his dad is soon to get into politics – but overall, life has been pretty good to him. He’s a Golden Boy. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, popular, and kind. However, Max has a secret that only his family (except for his little brother) and a few family friends know: he is intersex. He has both male and female body parts, and doctors don’t actually know what that means for his future, as each intersex person is different. When something terrible happens to Max, he and his family are forced to confront the issue head-on, and Max, who just wants to be normal and spend time with the girl he is falling in love with, must figure out what it means for his identity and his life.
Thoughts: Alex Award-winning Golden Boy, told from the perspectives of several different characters, is a somewhat difficult book, as it hinges on a horribly violent act towards the beginning of the book and the
Author Information: From www.abigailtarttelin.com: “Born in Grimsby, England, in 1987, Little Abby spent her time making up stories, games, lyrics and immaculately conceptualized news publications. Her last homemade book, on stapled A4, was the first draft of Flick.
Performing onstage as a teenager in over 25 stage productions as Katharina in Taming of The Shrew, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Alison in Look Back In Anger, Gail in Teechers, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and Dr Sensible in Gargling with Jelly (a favourite), she later trained as an actress with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and performed a lead role in their Easter Season at The Lowry, Manchester.
In 2006, Abby studied acting at the New York Film Academy at La Fémis, the National French Film School, in Paris, working on over 20 short films, with artists including Nomadness’ Evita Robinson, New York artist Theresa Hong, NYC artist Grace Yun, and design studio Dissident Display of Washington DC.
Abby moved to London to attend university at 19, but sacked it off after a month because she had too much free time and it wasn’t fun enough. Since then, she has worked in feature films, music videos, short films and ads as an actress and trained at New York’s UCB. In 2009, Moviescope Magazine chose Abby as a One To Watch for her work in tiny indie Brit flicks like Taxi Rider. Since 2009, Abby has been blogging for the Huffington Post and The Guardian, editing the Books section of Phoenix Magazine, and authoring books (but you knew that).
There have been some shocks along the way – Flick’s first publisher went out of business six months after the book came out! (not my fault) – but Abby is as tough as old boots and probably as clean. Golden Boy was sold six months after that – along with Flick – to UK & US publishers, and then published in over 75 countries. Follow the story from here on the blog.”