Well it’s nice to know that even something called Golden can be a bronze.
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.
Well, I really can’t think of anything to say about Golden. It was just a really unmemorable book. It tried to be a mystery novel but really it felt more like the author created Parker’s life, realised it was boring and squished in a mystery in it. The reasoning behind Parker’s sudden urge to solve a mystery (she needs a life says her friend Kate) makes sense but other than that… the story just didn’t work for me.
I didn’t like the way Julianna’s diary was written. It was just something that just really irritated me. It didn’t seem like a diary sometimes but more of a story especially when Julianna recounts her meeting with Orion at the lake. I’m pretty sure people don’t remember things that well but for the sake of the book, I just glazed over that fact.
Golden was also very predictable. The clues were layed out too neatly and I saw straight through them immediately. Fortunately, so did out MC which shows she does actually live up to her nerdy girl look. Thumbs up for the quick picking up of clues. Nothing is worse than a thick headed MC cough Reckless Magic cough.
Now onto the romance. I really like romance in books… in anything really. Seriously, the thing I wait for the most in action movies is the romance which is just messed up. Probably because romances in books are just so perfect. But in this book, the romance played a minor part and it wasn’t executed that well. Definitely no instalove, the main couple grew their affection from time. However, the chemistry wasn’t there with them and that’s what ruined the book for me.
If you don’t have anything to read you might want to try this one… but I wouldn’t recommend it to you. I probably would forget al about it after reading too many awesomer books.
Me recommending books: Hmmm what else….
Rating: 2/5 bamboo sticks