by Dana Reinhardt
Published by Wendy Lamb Books Release date : May 27th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Family, Young Adult
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Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.
When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
We Are the Goldens was one of those books that took my surprise. Some good… some not so good. What really sold me on this was the premise of two sisters -Layla and Nell – torn apart by this secret. Obviously.
I have to say, I love the writing. Second person narrative isn’t one I often come across – nor is it a favorite – but I really feel it worked.
Nell, while very devoted and loving, was just TOO wrapped up in her sister and all up in her business. I get it, I was a pesky little sister too; always wanting to be included and be just like my sister(s). It just, wasn’t healthy. I did however, love watching her come out of her own and discover herself. She did go through a lot, between a crush, lying for her sister and just the overall struggle in dealing with such a huge secret, and trying to figure out what she needed to do.
Now, as for this BIG SECRET. Since the blurb was changed, it’s obvious what it is so, let us just dive in. I actually enjoyed how it was handled. Student/teacher relationships are always difficult, and is often one to turn people off. BUT. For me, this wasn’t the overall issue. It’s how those around the couple involved may or may not deal with it. Nell obviously disagreed, and it was such a struggle for her to set aside her thoughts and be there for her sister. I’m not saying the relationship wasn’t an issue, but I don’t think the story was meant for us to focus on it, but rather Nell, her struggles and finally breaking away from her idolization and come into her own.
Not to mention, it was rather unique to get a look at someones view OUTSIDE the relationship, ya know?
I also have to mention the twin brothers, Parker and Duncan. What was odd was these two boys had died several years before, but she talks to them. I am almost positive there is some underlined meaning here, like say, since she couldn’t TALK to anyone else about everything. I got use to it, but it really threw me for a loop at first.
My Peeve –
The ending was very open-ended. I want to know what happened after that meeting with the family. What becomes of Layla, Nell and their family? What happened to Mr. B? And what happened to that little something Nell found in Layla’s bag? Did this hinder my overall enjoyment? Not at all. Just.. WHAT HAPPENED!? Also…. View Spoiler » It really bothered me that the relationship between Nell and Felix started to turn to the romantic side. I feel like this was an unnecessary plot device just to add more drama and stress to Nell. Plus, he is such a good friend. « Hide Spoiler
I enjoyed it. I had a few issues and I wasn’t WOWed overall, but it’s still a pretty interesting read.
I’d say yes. Especially if you are looking for something a little different.
Have you read We Are the Goldens? If so, what did you think?
If not, is there anything specific that interests you OR might scare you off?