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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby

Hi Everyone!

So, I read Golden in April, after I got it from the website Edelweiss, and now, today is the day the book officially comes out! So here is my review:

 Title: Golden
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
No. of Pages: 288

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.

                                               5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
                                               flying with joy.

My Thoughts:

What can I say? This book is amazing. It is heart felt and beautifully written, with so much moral in each and every word or page. It truly is an emotional read. Half of the book is told in Parker's point of view and entries from Julianna's journal - This was written with such beautiful and heart rendering words that made you think about the book and it's story.

Firstly, you have to understand something,at Parker's school, there is a teacher named        Mr. Kinney. If you get him in your Senior year, your end project is to write a journal answering the question of a quote by Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

 Parker is the intelligent good girl of her school, so that year Mr Kinney asks her to sort through the journals of Seniors from ten years ago, and then to send them off to their current addresses. This is where we get Julianna's journal. Julianna and Shane, the town's Golden Couple, died icy deaths ten years ago. Some said they had a fight, others say they had been drinking. The only thing that's known is that the plaque with their senior pictures on is all that remains. So when Parker finds her journal amongst the others, she wonders why no one ever read it and just as she wonders whether to put it back, the words of her best friend Kat appear in her head, the ones that echo Carpe Diem. Parker does what she never thought she would do. She keeps the journal and reads it.

I actually thought that the whole book would just be of her reading Julianna's journal and would pretty much end there, but it is so much more. The journal actually ends half-way through the book, leaving the other half open to an adventure you have to read to find out about. The journal, is beautifully written, with such detailed emotions you can't help but feel as if you knew Julianna and then there is always that heavy sadness, because just like Parker said, we already know how the story ends. Or so I thought...

I cried at a specific account of a story.. It was so emotional and sad but you had to carry on reading because you had to keep looking for that light at the end of tunnel and you had to hope that maybe something else happened to Julianna, because you convince yourself that she couldn't of had that fate.

On to Julianna and Parker. You have to feel for these two girls, because although their situations are different, they are both in the same boat, because so much is expected of them and  they can't help but ask: Is that really what I want?
Julianna, is expected to be with Shane but she can't help but start falling in love with Orion.
Parker has always worked to live up to her mum's expectation of getting a scholarship, but  maybe she wants something else.

I think there is only one suitable way to end this post:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

rita xo

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