Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less travelled. 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 travelled makes all the difference.
200words (or less) review: This is the first book by Jessi Kirby I’ve read but I know it won’t be the last. Golden is an inspiring story about figuring out who you are. There is mystery, adventure and romance all tied together with great writing.
The journal idea from Mr Kinney is brilliant as is the quote “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? – Mary Oliver” that pays such a big part of the story. As the reader it made me pay attention, it also made me think.
With all the reviews I’d seen already I had very high expectations and I certainly believe both the writing and the characters didn’t let me down. I really felt for Parker. Jessi Kirby seems to have a knack for characters that pull you in and don’t let go.
The mystery and ending of Golden are what you as the reader want, I won’t tell you I wasn’t happy with it but I do think it was a little perfect. Then again I probably wouldn’t have liked it any other way.
Golden is a beautiful book, I hope you like it as much as I did.