book review: golden

GoldenGolden by Jessi Kirby

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars! This book had a pretty mediocre descriptive blurb, and I was more than pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

Parker Frost is graduating high school, and as the TA for an english teacher (who sounds pretty awesome) she is helping with an an assignment where they mail out journals to students from ten years back – they get the journals as a sort of time-capsule of their lives as seniors in high school. Anyways, Parker discovers the journal of a girl who died right after graduation – Julianna, the golden girl of their town.

It’s Julianna’s story, and her answer to the question: what will you do with your one wild and precious life? that inspire Parker to take control of her own fate and confront reality head-on.

The beauty of this story, for me, was the writing. The language was lovely. In fact, Julianna’s journal you have to sort of suspend belief while reading, because it’s quite well written for someone so young. Each chapter of the book begins with a quote from Robert Frost, and each quote was carefully selected to appropriately introduce the chapter. I also really love the overall message of the story, the lessons Parker learns about destiny, fate, love, and life itself.

Without getting into too much plot detail, there are some nice twists and turns to the mystery of Julianna and her boyfriend Shane. The end was lovely. Go ahead and read this as soon as you can!

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