Golden by Jessi Kirby ARC Review

Published May 14, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersGolden

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.

My Thoughts:

On the storyline…. I think what originally grabbed my attention to read this book was the story of lost love. The tragedy that had happened so long ago that Parker seemed obsessed with. The idea was unique to anything that I have read before and it literally gripped my attention from page one.

On the characters…. I fell in love with Trevor from the get go. He was swoony and snarky, just how I like my book boyfriends. Parker was basically a good girl and her mother tended to REALLY grate on my nerves. She never let Parker do anything fun or make her own decisions. It makes me wander that if Mom wouldn’t have been so over bearing, maybe Parker would have had some fun in high school and not been such a stick in the mud?

Kat is Parker’s BFF and I tend to usually love the sassy best friend, but….Kat just drove me crazy! I think it’s because I had one of these friends once. The ones that were crazy and outrageous trying to get you to do all kinds of whacky stuff. We are no longer friends…as you could probably tell:( I can admit though that in the story, she was good for Parker.

On the writing…. Jessi Kirby, need I say more?? I had read In Honor and loved it. I knew that I would love this book just as much as soon as I saw it. The words just flowed together nicely and I really had a hard time putting the book down. If your not familiar with Ms. Kirby’s writing, I would compare her writing to Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy!


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