Golden Boys

Golden Boys

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With masterful nuance and vividly drawn characters, Sonya Hartnett's novel visits a suburban neighborhood where psychological menace lurks below the surface.

Colt Jenson and his younger brother, Bastian, have moved to a new, working-class suburb. The Jensons are different. Their father, Rex, showers them with gifts -- toys, bikes, all that glitters most -- and makes them the envy of the neighborhood. To the local kids, the Jensons are a family out of a movie, and Rex a hero -- successful, attentive, attractive, always there to lend a hand. But to Colt he's an impossible figure: unbearable, suffocating. Has Colt got Rex wrong, or has he seen something in his father that will destroy their fragile new lives? This brilliant and unflinching new novel reveals internationally acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett at her most intriguing and psychologically complex.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780763679491
0763679496
Branch Call Number: Y Fic
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 24 cm

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Cas22
Apr 24, 2015

This book was short-listed for the 2015 Stella Awards but, in my opinion, it is not award-level writing. Certainly the theme of families with dark secrets and the impact on children is admirable and compelling but the execution is, at times, woeful. There are too many characters and voices and this weakens an otherwise strong storyline. And the voices, particularly of the children, just didn’t ring true at times. Then there are the clumsy, grating metaphors such as “dark as a tumour”, “innocent as grass” and “midges .... striking Colt’s face like fairies”. Such a shame!

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Folly
Jan 06, 2015

The first two-thirds plus was rather mundane. I didn't really get to feel much for any of the characters; partly as the story didn't focus on anyone in particular and I think the book kind of lacked for that. The ending was well written. but I found some of the earlier chapters could have done with another revision.

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