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.
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.