I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes…I can’t help it. I like books that are going to look good on my shelf. Usually that’s something vintage, either leather-bound or with something beautiful on the cover. This time it was a bound manuscript.
I wasn’t expecting Golden by Jessi Kirby to be anything spectacular. Maybe it was the format or maybe it was the fact that I’ve been disillusioned with YA fiction in general. Either way, I was wrong. I read Golden at the beach and really enjoyed it.
Parker is about to graduate from high school, after having done everything just right, read: “whatever her mother told her to do.” With the biggest accomplishment of her life to date looming ahead, it’s time to start thinking about the future and what she really wants.
The basic storyline is a typical YA motif: the coming of age and choosing your own life story. There’s the dynamic best friend attempting to convince the main character to take more risks and the cute boy she could have at the snap of her fingers if she were ever brave enough to snap her fingers. Pretty average stuff. But under it all is a mystery that keeps the reader interested.
While trying to figure out where her future leads, Parker finds a journal from ten years ago, written by a girl whose life ended at the age Parker is at now. Despite the stories about the girl’s perfect life, Parker sees the parallels and how easy it is to do what is expected of you. As she unfolds the past, she starts to see the future more clearly.
If you’re looking for a YA book that has something different, this is the one. It’s a fun, easy read with enough substance to keep you interested. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.