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Parker Frost is yet another main character that I find myself deeply identifying with. She's a typical goal-oriented, rule-driven girl, one who has always been determined to make her mother proud through her achievements. I was completely like that in high school, so I understand her incessant need to follow the rules and to do what was expected of her every. single. time.
It's apparent from the start that Parker is starting to feel restless in her own skin. She begins to question the life she's living and the life she's headed towards (college on a scholarship basically), and it unnerves her. She's been working so hard to accomplish her goals for so long, that to think that all the effort was for nothing is something that's scary and unfathomable. She can't reconcile the thoughts with her reality, and she certainly tries to ignore them for a while.
So when this mystery falls into her lap, it's no surprise that she teeters on the brink of addressing it all or staying safe and sound in her comfort zone. It is also here where I identify with Parker, as she weighs the pros and cons of either a step forward or a step back. We've each encountered that moment in our lives when we don't know what the right thing to do is - and it is the path we choose to take that will change everything or keep everything the same as it always was and is. Even though a part of me willed Parker to be cautious, the bigger part of me just wanted her to take a risk, take a step, take a chance.
It's a universal experience, I believe, to have that point of no return - a moment where you make a decision that you won't be able to take back. Kirby handled this phenomenon incredibly well in her novel, bringing us the parallels of Parker's reality with the reality in the journal she finds, and I like how she juxtaposed the results of making either of those decisions.
We all want to believe that there's a greater force out that there shows us a sign when we need to figure out what we want to do with our lives. Parker's sign is this journal. I like how the journal started Parker on a journey that changed her completely. She discovered that there could be a possible path different from her own, that things you might have least expected to matter - a painting, a moment, a memory - are the ones that could matter most in the end.
Kirby also tackles the universal need to believe that fate can play a hand in things, especially when it comes to missed connections, second chances (or first ones) and that overwhelming, consuming sort of love you only see in the movies. While in most cases, that could turn into something cliche, Jessi instead manages to make it seem raw and real in this book. It's something that toys at each of our minds, and presenting it this simply was a smart choice when writing the book.
Parker's journey is beautifully handled, as we see both sides of the coin and allowing us to see into her fears, doubts and insecurities. Being able to get a good grasp of Parker was essential to enjoying the book, and I feel she was really given the time to really flourish. This was key in my enjoyment of the book, as I love good character development. Parker's journey definitely reminded me of my own self a few years ago, and I loved that.
In the end, it all boils down to this question: who will you choose to be? It's a question that Parker discovers the answer to, as the novel finally reaches it's end, even as we discover that she still has a long way to go. Closing the last page of Golden and saying goodbye to Parker was like bidding your best friend a "See you soon!" - you know that she'll go on to have more experiences without you, but you also know that maybe, somewhere, someday, you'll see her again.
Right off the bat, I could tell that Golden was so incredibly wordy. There are huge paragraphs that basically all say the same thing, just with tons of extra words. Literally, sometimes one paragraph would describe an emotion, then the next paragraph would describe the same emotion from a slightly different angle. Don’t get me wrong, the book was well written, but that overly wordy and descriptive writing style is not for me. It causes me to get antsy and start skimming, especially when the plot surrounds this big mystery. I’m just like, “Let’s get to the point! I want to see the mystery unravel please!”
But if you like wordy descriptions and an almost poetic writing style, then you’ll probably love it.
== The romance was lacking all around ==
In Golden we have two romance stories: the one between Parker and Trevor, and the one between Julianna and Shane/Orion. While I thought that both stories were interesting, they were both a little distant and shallow…but for very different reasons.
I considered Parker and Trevor’s romance to be more of a backburner subplot. It’s far from the highlight of the story. It’s just there, on the side, not really involved much… which was a bummer, because it was kind of sweet!
Then there was the Julianna, Shane, and Orion love triangle. I loved this story! I totally understood why it was a love triangle, and it worked! The story itself was interesting and captivating. But I still think it was a bit distant and shallow.. why? Because although Julianna’s story was basically the plot of the book, Julianna was not the main character. We just learn about her story through a journal.. So it’s in the past, it’s distant, it’s not really right up in front. So as a result, I felt a bit detached, and it didn’t dig as deeply as it could have if it was the main character’s story.
== But I did love the messages and life lessons ==
I think one of the great things about Golden is how sometimes things fail miserably, but sometimes they do have a way of working themselves out. I loved how the book explored both angles.
Golden is really a story about finding your place in life. Or not even finding your place, but getting on track to finding your place.. just reaching that starting point. I think that’s something every person in the world can relate to! It’s hard to take control of your life, and it’s hard to even know where you want to go in life! Golden explores both of those things in an incredibly relatable way that made it really fun to read.
Reading this book will probably make you reflect a lot on your own life, which is something I think is always so much fun to do while reading!
== The mystery was predictable, but exciting ==
Ah, the mystery. SO PREDICTABLE! I literally guessed the entire thing right at the beginning.. and I was right. But that being said, it was still fun to read. Often times the best part isn’t the ending itself, but how it unravels. Although I was pretty confident I knew what the ending would be, I wanted to see how it would reach that point. I was so eager to see everything fall into place!
I am disappointed that we didn’t see more of the ending though.
== The book was good, but I hoped it would be better ==
Golden was a good book. Period. I think I just wanted it to be AMAZING and LIFE CHANGING, but for me it wasn’t really either.. so the disappointment hit me twice as hard as it normally would have.
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