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Golden by [Kirby, Jessi]
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Length: 289 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Parker Frost, 17, is about to graduate high school feeling that all she has to show for it are her grades and being a finalist for a scholarship that will pay for a full ride at Stanford. Her best friend, Kat, her opposite in every way, pushes her to do something out of her comfort zone, but Parker has difficulty challenging her mother's expectations. When an English teacher asks her to help return senior-class journals to students who graduated 10 years earlier, she stumbles across the one written by Julianna Farnetti. Julianna and her boyfriend, Shane Cruz, were the town's golden couple; they were killed in an accident right after graduation, and the grief surrounding their deaths still permeates the small town. Reading the journal is Parker's first act of rebellion, but other small acts follow, including not writing her speech for the scholarship, lying to her mother, ditching class, and making tentative steps toward the boy she's had a crush on for years. The journal leads Parker to discover unexpected truths about Julianna and what happened to her, bringing closure not only to the young woman's story but to Parker's as well. The protagonist is a well-drawn and sympathetic character. Her struggles to find herself will resonate with many teens, and the faltering romance will draw readers in. Sure to be popular.-Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Each year Parker Frost’s English teacher asks his senior class to journal a response to the question, What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? He then sends the journals back to his students a decade later. Parker knows what she’s supposed to do: go to Stanford, hopefully on a scholarship in remembrance of Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz. The golden couple died in a car accident, their bodies swept away into an icy lake. Tasked to send out journals to former students, Parker is shaken that one of them is Julianna’s. She can’t resist reading it, and what she learns shocks her. Then clues appear that make it seem possible that Julianna didn’t die that night. Kirby takes what could have been a predictable mystery and turns it into a duality: the perusal of Julianna’s fate, and Parker’s attempts to find her truest self in the swamp of her mother’s hopes, her own fears, and the lure of the boy she’s liked since middle school. This isn’t perfect in the details; those that aren’t easily addressed, like the whereabouts of Julianna’s family, are skimmed over. Yet overall, the novel is rich in its characterizations, deep in its reflections about teenage life, and compelling as a mystery. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper

Product details

  • File Size: 4395 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4TDMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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