Mon, April 15, 2013

Golden by Jessi Kirby Review

Golden book cover

Golden book cover

Golden
By Jessi Kirby
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Source: Borrowed from my friend Jillian

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she 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 mystery in her lap—one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.

— Goodreads.com description

I finished Golden by Jessi Kirby on the day I posted my Top 10 Books of 2012. My first thought at the end of the book was “Aww, geez! I SOOOO would have included it!” This is the sort of book you finish and IMMEDIATELY know it’s going to be among your all-time favorites. Well, it worked out that way for me, anyway.

My heart ached from start to finish while reading this beautiful book. I was swept away in the story of Golden, the mystery, the romance, the writing…beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Golden was a moving and inspirational story that really touched me. That’s so rare for me that I have very little to say beyond gushing profusely. I guessed a few plot points involving the mystery a bit too far in advance, but that didn’t even matter. I’m not even going to tell you anything else because I don’t want to risk giving you any clues that will help you figure it out too.

Anyway, if you couldn’t tell, I think you should read this book. IT IS SO GOOD. The end.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Bonus points go to Kirby for using one of favorite quotes ever from Mary Oliver as a running thread throughout the story. I look at this quote every morning as I get ready, so it really resonated.

Mary Oliver Quote

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  1. Christina Booktasty said:

    I’m glad to hear good things about this one. I’d really like to read it and its on my TBR list :) at first I wasn’t sure if I’d like it but the. The mystery aspect hooked me!
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  2. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Oh hey review twin! lol Apparently that’s a popular quote to have framed in your house, because I’ve seen it attached with a few reviews ;) I still love it though. And I love love LOVE this book!

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  3. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    I had never heard that quote before and I fell in love with it in this book! It’s such a great idea to live by.
    I was so upset I didn’t like this book as much as I was hoping to. I think I just went in expecting something different than what I read. It was still a really great story but I think that tiny expectation just let me down a bit.
    So glad you enjoyed it!! :)
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    Anna Reply:

    Aww, bummer! Well, I suppose that is the beauty of books, yeah? Something for everyone out there and that’s the fun of it all! :)

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  4. April Books & Wine said:

    Yeah, that quote is awesome. LOVED Golden!
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    Anna Reply:

    The quote warms my heart — I want to strive to think that way each day!

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  5. Sarah said:

    This book sounds wonderful! I must read it.

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    Anna Reply:

    You should: Highly recommended!

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  6. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) said:

    This was my first Jessi Kirby book and I was astounded at how wonderful it was. I’m still amazed. I can’t wait until it is released so the whole of the world can enjoy it. Along with Eleanor & Park, it’s probably one of my favorite books in a loooong time.
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    Anna Reply:

    YES! So well-put…my thoughts exactly :)

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  7. Alexa Y. said:

    I loved this book a whole lot too. It was very difficult indeed to try and review it; all I know is that it was so, so, so very good.
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  8. Amanda @ Vivalabooks said:

    Wow! I wasn’t expecting to hear so much about this book, but I’ve read glowing review after review. I was thinking about picking it up, but I’m defnitely going to get it now!

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  9. april said:

    I read Moonglass a while back, I’ve been curious to read more from her. I’ll have to check this one out.

    that’s an awesome quote. <3
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  12. Heather C. said:

    I so want this book!! I’ve been seeing only good things about it. It looks amazing!
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  13. Christina K. said:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jessi Kirby!! She creates wonderful characters with a wonderful storyline. How awesome is it that it is a mystery in this novel:))

    LOVE THAT QUOTE:))

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