Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

Golden by Jessi Kirby
Expected Publication: May 14, 2013
Publication: Simon & Schuster BYR
Format: ARC E-Copy provided by Edelweiss
Rating: 5/5

Summary via Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost 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 clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

My Thoughts
Fate. It’s a wonderful thing. There are those who believe it in and those who don’t. I’m proud to say I whole heartedly believe in it. I think that is why I love and adore this book so. It’s just a wonderfully written book about true love, fate and destiny.

I believe all things happen for a reason and this storyline definitely deals with that. I enjoy how Parker’s journey of self-discovery mirrors that of Julianna’s. How while searching and finding out the truth behind Julianna’s life through her journal she starts to believe in herself more than ever before. I also enjoy the how Parker, Kat and Trevor play off each other.

This is my first time experiencing the work of Jessi Kirby. Simply put I think she’s AMAZING! She has a way with words that blows me away. Needless to say I will go back and be reading all her past works.

In the end this is one story that will make you believe. Maybe love and destiny isn’t something to be taken lightly, that it’s more powerful that one could possibly think. Some things in life are just simply meant to be and no matter how one can try and stop it, some things just can’t be stopped or explained. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, it’s simply a beautiful read.


  1. A book about fate? I'm in. This sounds like a really good read. I've added it to my TBR pile. Thanks for the great review!

    1. Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.