by Jessi Kirby
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Release date : May 14th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Gifted | Format: Hardcover
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Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
It’s no secret that his book has been a favorite among many. I remember months ago when this book hit the blog world, I couldn’t go a day without seeing someone rave about it and push it on someone else. One of those people in particular bought it for me to gift it as a birthday gift. Hint – taken.
I can see what the raving was about. This book can be summed up in one word – beautiful.
It’s hard to review a book that has touched so many, and affected people in the best way. Honestly, there isn’t anything I could say about Golden that hasn’t already been said.
Parker is one of the most real protagonist I have read in a long time. She is smart, brave, beautiful and just wants so much more in her life than what has been mapped out. Never breaking the rules and also doing what her mother has planned for her – she starts to wonder what her life would be like if she took chances, did what she wants and live a life that has potential for regrets.
I also adored the romance in Golden. Is simple, slow burn that gets your heart racing; even though the interactions were simple, it was so cute. Trevor is supportive, sweet and his feelings for here were obvious from the start. I also quite enjoyed the dynamic relationship between Parker and her best friend. They were so different from each other – but the differences balance each other out.
Golden is a book I recommend to all – especially those young girls that are about to close one chapter in their life and waltz into adulthood. I will definitely be reading more from Jessi Kirby.