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Mandafofanda Reads Lots

The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Golden Boy - Abigail Tarttelin This book reminded me of a really good video by Hank Green (of Nerdfighter/Vlogbrother fame), where he describes the infinite number of "shiny boxes" that human sexuality comes in: Human Sexuality is Complicated...

An eye-opener to a condition that I honestly have never really thought about or even knew for sure existed. Max is an intersexual (formerly known as a hermaphrodite) and this book describes the year that he really faces what this really means for his life and his future.

The writing is pretty good in this book, and the story could be devastatingly heartbreaking at times (mostly Max's narrations). However, the characterization was fairly weak and some never felt fully realized to me (especially the mother). Also, a lot of times the story seemed to come second to informing the reader about the issues surrounding intersex. So I while it did capture my interest, especially due to the subject matter being about something I was totally ignorant of, I hope there will be better written stories with this topic.