Golden by Jessi Kirby

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Multifaceted characters and dashes of mystery and romance come together in a successful meditation on the value of taking an active role in one’s life.
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Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel that Booklist called “rich in its characterizations, deep in its reflections about teenage life, and compelling as a mystery” in a starred review.

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.
 

About Jessi Kirby

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Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass and In Honor. She lives in Crystal Cove, CA, with her husband and two children. Jessi is a former English teacher and librarian. Visit her at jessikirby.com.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 289 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 15 2013

Multifaceted characters and dashes of mystery and romance come together in a successful meditation on the value of taking an active role in one’s life.

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Good
on Feb 27 2013

Parker tells her story in the now-omnipresent present tense, unfolding it at a leisurely pace consistent with its theme of self-discovery. A satisfying counterpoint to conventional romantic teen fiction.

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