“What are you going to do with your one, precious life?”
Parker Frost has no clue.
She is about to graduate high school and already counts among her accomplishments class valedictorian and admittance into Stanford University --- all seemingly quite impressive --- but not enough according to her best friend, Kat. There is no way she is going to let Parker graduate high school without ever having broken any rules or kissed her long-time crush. In fact, Kat makes Parker promise to do something unexpected, anything before graduation.
"Kirby’s message is clear, if not a bit cliché: seize the day. She seeks to inspire her readers to put their troubles aside and take a chance."
As Parker contemplates possible bold acts she might undertake (including making out with her crush in the art closet) she happens upon the senior year journal of none other than the town legend, Julianna Farnetti. Julianna and her boyfriend, Shane Cruz, disappeared 10 years prior, and were presumed dead when their car was found by search and rescue workers at the bottom of a lake.
Through reading Juliana’s journal, Parker learns the surprising, true story behind the seemingly golden couple’s mysterious disappearance, and she simultaneously realizes what she must do to fulfill her promise to Kat and make the most out of her precious life, at least at the present moment.
GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby follows Parker, Kat and her crush, Trevor, as they embark on one last adventure pick up where Julianna’s journal finished and solve the rest of the romantic mystery. Along the way Parker encounters the full spectrum of typical teenage dilemmas: from parental pressure to succeed, to looming academic deadlines and an unrealized love.
Kirby’s message is clear, if not a bit cliché: seize the day. She seeks to inspire her readers to put their troubles aside and take a chance, which for Parker meant disobeying her mother and breaking some rules in order to pursue something she felt was important. Perhaps her audience, mostly young and female, will do the same.
Reviewed by Sarah Flamm on June 4, 2013
- Publication Date: May 14, 2013
- Genres: Young Adult 12+
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
- ISBN-10: 1442452161
- ISBN-13: 9781442452169