Author: Jessi Kirby
Genre: Young Adult
Published: May 14th 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“One often meets her destiny on the road she takes to avoid it.”
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.
Cover Art: 4/5 stars. Simple. Beautiful. Dramatic.
4 of 5 stars to Golden by Jessi Kirby
Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. I started this book thinking it will be just another young adult book about self discovery. While that theme is strongly felt in this one too, it also had a lot of emotional and thought provoking moments that had to with life, choices, chances and even fate.
There are so many layers to the story that fueled me to read on up until the wee hours of the morning (case in point, I wrote this at 4 AM). All the characters had compelling qualities to them that would hook you regardless whether you see them as antagonist or not.
Another remarkable thing about the story is its ability to make you really feel the emotions the characters are supposedly experiencing. I felt so much sadness over the losses Julianna had to suffer. Her life is a lesson for everyone to learn, whereas Parker’s is an inspiration.
There really isn’t much left to say but to demand you to read this book! It is worth it!