Saturday, 6 July 2013

Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Title: Golden
Pages: 278
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Review Copy: Library

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. (Goodreads)

I'm going to be straight up and say this. I have a hard time with writing contemporary book reviews. I tend to read them for a break from my paranormal/fantasy or whatever read. So, unless it really grabs me (i.e. books by J. Lynn or Katie McGarry) I tend to not think a lot. I try really hard to think of some sort of words that make sense on how I feel about these books, but it doesn't always work. So, let's try this out.

Golden was one of many library books I have on hold, that I felt came at the right time. Sometimes I find when I end up getting a library book that I have been waiting to be processed, I don't actually want to read it. Shame isn't it? Sometimes its the book that doesn't excite me anymore or I just am not in the mood for said genre. For the past few months I have been going on this kick of alternating a contemporary (being YA or NA) , with fantasy/paranormal etc.

Onto the review!

Golden shares many common themes with other works that feature a protagonist who is a sterotypical good girl.
  1. They do something rebellious
  2. The best friend isn't a good girl
  3. Has a crush on a boy
But what was different this book is this mysterious death of the "Golden" couple 10 years ago. Parker finds a journal that was from Julianna, who supposedly died in the accident. Parker then makes it her mission to find out what happened to Julianna on that fateful night.

I would go into more detail, because I am not sure what to say. I really liked this book and recommend it for all contemporary readers.

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