Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:30 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Author: Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4 cows
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 Julianne’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 went into reading this book only after reading the synopsis, which is something I never do. I usually always look at reviews but I didn't care this time I just wanted to immediately start it. I mean come on, three friends go on a road trip to discover the truth about an infamous town accident, in which the "golden couple" vanished. Sounds pretty interesting, right? I don't know what it is about road trip stories but I tend to love them so, that was enough for me.
Parker Frost is class valediction and always plays on the safe side. She's never broken a rule nor has she done something wild and fun, but after finding town's legend, Julianna Farnetti's journal, her life changes. Opportunities arise and she discovers that not everything is as it seems to be and that nothing golden can stay.
Parker was probably one of the few character who I related to in almost every aspect. She's being told what to do and what she's expected to achieve and become. She's struggling to find herself and get her footing in life. And I'm in a similar place so when Julianne’s journal begins:
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
it hit me. It was just what I needed to hear and it reminded me that I only have one chance and that it's too short and precious to waste. I enjoyed watching her character development and although some of her choices at the end infuriated me, but I couldn't be too upset because they were real and realistic.
Unfortunately, Parker was the only character I liked. Her best friend, Kat, was too self-centered and it seemed like her only concern was getting Parker and Trevor together. Trevor was alright but I found nothing special about him. I have to admit I didn't care too much about their romance, so I was happy that instead of it being a full-blown love story, it was mostly about acceptance and finding yourself with a dash of romance. Another thing I wasn't fond of was Julianna and her story, which Golden is centered around it. I didn't find it believable but I liked the gist of it: second chances.
Overall, Golden was a great coming-of-age story with a great message. Everything isn't golden and that's okay. Sometimes you have to stray and take risks to find what really matters. It's captivating and perfectly infused with poetry. I think anyone struggling in life would like and perhaps benefit from Golden.
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