Golden Boys

Golden Boys

Book - 2016
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Rex and Tabby Jenson and their sons, Colt and Bastian, arrive in Freya Kiley's Australian neighborhood with little fanfare, but their presence sends fissures throughout their modest community.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780763679491
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 24 cm


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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!

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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