The Golden Boy

St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2

Young Adult - Romance
126 Pages
Reviewed on 03/15/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2 is a young adult romance novella written by Seven Steps and Audrey Rich. Clay Roman’s suggestion was impossible to even think about; it went against everything that Meg knew was right, but he had planned his assault on her ethics in his typically devious fashion. The proposal was straightforward, as much as anything this wrong could be considered. Meg would claim that St. Mary’s Academy’s star quarterback, Julius Samson, had gotten her pregnant; Julius would quit school or be thrown out; and Clay would be crowned quarterback in Julius’s place. In return, Meg would get her tuition paid and be able to finish her senior year at St. Mary’s. The school meant a lot to Meg. Her family had been graduating from the elite school for generations, but, for some reason, her father seemed to be having financial difficulties and hadn’t paid her tuition. Added to that was the stress of seeing her mother dwindle and suffer through a brutal regimen of chemotherapy. St. Mary’s film club was especially hard for Meg to consider giving up; with it would go all her hopes for becoming a film director. But could she do this to another student, even if he is the “hound” Clay says Julius is?

Seven Steps and Audrey Rich’s young adult romance novella, The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2, is a sweet and moving story about a fairy tale romance built on the most fragile of foundations. Watching as Meg falls utterly in love with her gentle giant, Julius Samson, is a joy. The Golden Boy also addresses teen pregnancy and the fallout resulting from it both in terms of delayed education plans and the attitudes a pregnant teen often faces from her peers in school. While Meg’s pregnancy is a lie, one can still sympathize with the unfairness of the blame being cast at her rather than at the two of them, and there’s something malevolent and cruel in the prank of the diaper filled with melted chocolate candy that is left in her locker. The Golden Boy is also a marvelous coming of age story that sweeps both Meg and Julius into new adulthood way too swiftly, but seeing how they both adapt and respond is inspirational. The Golden Boy: St. Mary's Academy Shorts, Book 2 is most highly recommended.