Just before turning 16, Max is raped by the son of close family friends. While some who experience that trauma choose not to make a police report, Max has very complicated reasons for making that decision. Max’s father is the crown prosecutor, who is about to campaign for Parliament. Furthermore, Max is intersex, which very few people know (his rapist is one of the few). From this startling beginning, Abigail Tarttelin forms a powerful family-oriented story full of emotion and hard decisions. While the subject matter is heart-wrenching at times, Tarttelin handles it with grace centered in realism.
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