Book Review: Golden

By: Jessi Kirby

★ 1/2
70% out of 100
Teen Book 
277 Pages


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.

What I Thought:

I'm still not too sure what to think of this book.  I was not all too attached to the characters.  However, I was extremely gripped to the story and the mystery grabbed my attention.  The journal from a dead girl was interesting and different.  The reason I finished this so quickly was the intrigue of the
 mystery.  The previous statement may falsely lead you to believe that this is a fast-paced novel.
I felt that this book lulled on and was extremely predictable.  When Parker began to give up her  perfect life, I was so annoyed. You have this life set in front of you, you WILL be successful, and you just throw it all away.  Why would you take a chance on something as big as your future? Take a chance on a new ice cream flavor or a new book, but not this perfect life in front of you. 

Summary of My Review:

 Better things that you can spend your time reading.  This book has flat characters, lulling content, and just a few points of interest. 


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