Jul 7, 2015



jessi kirby.

Publisher  Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:May 14,2013
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance| Suspense.
Format|Pages:E Book|278


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. 


This novel was… I almost don’t know how to describe it; there are so many emotions that are going through me right now. I believe that the book was what title implies… Golden. It was the 3rd novel that I have read by Jessi Kirby and so far it’s my favorite. It had been a while since I read book by Kirby and after reading Golden I remembered why I loved her so much, she’s one of those authors that you should watch out for because she won’t disappoint you. Kirby is amazing storyteller, and has a way to hook the reader from minute that you open the first page till you close the last one. It took me two days to read the book because not did I not want to put it down, I couldn’t force myself to put it down and only did because I had to. There were multiple times during night that I ended up staying up later than usually so that I could see what happens next. Every time that I turned the page, I always found myself asking the same question, will she find her? What happens after? This isn’t only Parker’s story; it’s also Julianna’s.

Golden wasn’t what I expected it to be, but that’s what I love about Kirby there are always unexpected twists and turns. Golden wasn’t any different, and how can you not love the title Golden doesn’t that all together has a mystery added to it? I knew that the book would be mysterious from moment that I read the summary for the book, but I didn’t think it would be that mysterious. There were so many emotions through this novel and I felt like I was feeling them along with Parker, Julianna and even Kat. I felt anger, sadness, fear, hope. All through the book I found myself hoping that she would be able to find Julianna and that she could reunite the couple that you could tell belong with each other. Julianna’s reaction was not what I expected to be but once she explained the story, I understood it. How could you come back after something like that? Though Parker ended up disappointed, she took a risk, something that she haven’t had courage to before.

I had always loved travel book, but this wasn’t just a road trip, Parker was on mission. To find Julianna and reunite true love and in way she succeeded, even if it took Julianna a bit to realize it. Not many people out there what do what Parker did. How can you not love a character like that? She barely knew them, yet she traveled all that way to find her once she had a feeling that she might still be alive after reading her journal. In a way it’s a good thing that she came across the journal and ended up reading it, I would never got courage to read it. That was another part that I loved in the book, Julianna’s journal. Emotions that were described in her journal, her doubts, her confusion were heartbreaking but yet beautiful. It’s no wonder that Parker got hooked into it and invested in Julianna’s story, the real story, the one that nobody else was aware of.

Golden was a beautiful, inspirational, heartbreaking story about family, love and hope. A story that everyone should check out. I was blown away and I still thinking about it while I am writing the review. You won’t forget.


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