We Are the Goldens
By Dana Reinhardt
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Wendy Lamb Books, 208 pages
Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.
When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.
— Goodreads.com description
We Are the Goldens is a short book — I read it in two quick sittings — but it’s also a powerful book.
Nell finds out her sister is in a relationship with one of their teachers. AHHH! Right? This big secret opens up a lot of really interesting dynamics in terms of their sibling relationship and whether she should keep her trust or tell her parents what’s going on.
The story is written as Nell addressing her sister, Layla, which made it feel really personal and intense. I thought the format was a brilliant choice.
I also enjoyed Nell — she struggled with her decisions, sure, but being in her mind showed what a really good sister and really good friend she is.
All in all, I was really impressed by Dana Reinhardt’s writing. The story really showed how doing the right thing isn’t always the easy thing. Absolutely recommended.