Friday, February 14, 2014

Book review: Golden

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Add me on Goodreads!

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.

I've read both of Kirby's other books (reviewed here and here) and liked both of them. Kirby is great at characters and at giving you feelings. I've been hearing great things about Golden since it came out and finally read it on my second snow day last week!

Golden is a short book (277 pages) and a super quick read. I picked it up in the afternoon and finished it in the evening. The story is maybe a bit predictable, but I still had to keep reading. I got attached to the characters, just like in Kirby's other books, and had to know what would happen!

There are a lot of really well-written, beautiful passages in this book. The major theme is about figuring out who you are and fighting to become that person -- and even though the main character is a teenager, I think these are battles most people fight their whole lives. There's also some pretty bits about love. I intend to read it again and take down some of my favorite quotes, because I know there are a lot in here I loved.

Golden is a book that will make you think -- but not too hard. It's a great airplane book, a good book for a lazy weekend, and was a perfect snow day book.

Have any of you read Golden? What did you think?

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