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.
As a huge Jessi Kirby fan I must say I had really high expectations for Golden; I mean the rest of her books were fantastic. So going in, I had no idea what I was going to expect, besides the fact that it is a contemporary, and as a senior in high school it's last chance to take chances.
Out of all the protagonists, whether it be in Moonglass, In Honor, or Golden, I have to to say Parker Frost of Golden is my favorite. She was the one character who I, Ishita Singh, nerdy Indian girl could honestly relate to. Like me she played high school somewhat safe. High school was just this path to college, and then a job, you know? She focused on academics, and tried to make the perfect application, she had her best friend but she wasn't the super popular girl, or the girl that went to parties. She was the girl who had a crush but was too scared to make a move. I honestly believed while reading Golden that I was reading about myself.
Parker's development as person was my favorite. As she slowly discovered who she is, she unraveled this whole romantic love story with the towns two legendary teenagers who are presumed to have died in a horrid accident. The slow unraveling, of the romance, the mystery, and Parker's growth was the definite charm of the whole book. My favorite part was that the main character was more involved with her surroundings and solving the mystery versus her own personal romance. It was refreshing to what is common in YA, and allowed the characters to develop on their own w/o some guy or girl to lean on.
Overall I fell in love with Kirby's Golden and definitely cannot wait until her next book. She has done everything but disappoint with Golden and you will love every minute of this book. I honestly reccomend this to everyone you know; mom,dad, second aunt removed, friend, everyone, this is one book that you must share and spread the love with.