Friday, 7 March 2014

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).

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.

Golden by Jessi Kirby

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Golden(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
17-year-old Parker knows her plan in life – she wants to go to Stamford, and train to be a doctor.
While doing some extracurricular work as a teacher’s assistant, she comes across an old journal, written by a girl who died 10 years ago. Wondering about what really happened to her; Parker reads the journal, only to discover an even bigger mystery.
What really happened to Julianna? And can Parker work it out with the clues she has?

This was an interesting story, and I liked the mystery aspect.

I liked Parker, although she seemed to spend a lot of time doing what would make her mother happy rather than what would make her happy. I admired her determination to find Julianna though, and her desire to bring a couple back together against the odds.

I liked the storyline in this book, although it was the mystery aspect that kept me reading. I was so desperate to know what had really happened to Julianna, and what Parker would discover!
There was a romance angle, but it was more to do with Julianna’s life than Parker’s. It was well done though, and it certainly added to the story.
The ending was good, and I liked that Parker not only solved the mystery, but also made some decisions about her own life along the way.
Overall; a good mystery,
7.5 out of 10

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