Thursday, August 8, 2013

BOOKANISTAS: Golden

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 continue to be impressed by the books Jessi Kirby is putting out! I think this one is my favorite so far because there is just so much going on -- self-discovery, romance, mystery, all woven expertly into one unputdownable book. Seriously...I read this all in one sitting!

What is so cool about this book is that it's a story within a story. There is the story of Parker and her journey of self-discovery in the last few weeks of her senior year of high school. Then there is also the story of Julianna, told through her journal that Parker finds. I was drawn to Julianna's story just as much as Parker's because both girls are at a crossroads -- the details of their stories are different, but both girls are trying to figure out who they are and what they want. 

Then there is the added mystery that Parker uncovers through the journal, which is very compelling as she starts digging for clues about what really happened to Julianna all those years ago. 

Jessi Kirby just writes perfect contemporary YA. It has everything you need for a satisfying story, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this book! I think Jessi Kirby is such a great writer and I've loved all her books.

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