Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
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Description of Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
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.
Review of Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
“Golden shimmers and shines—what a treasure.” — Lisa Schroeder, author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me
“A satisfying counterpoint to conventional romantic teen fiction.”, Kirkus Reviews
“Kirby’s (In Honor) third novel is inspirational and contemplative in its mood and tone. Multifaceted characters and dashes of mystery and romance come together in a successful mediation on the value of taking an active role in one’s life.”, Publishers Weekly
“The novel is rich in its characterizations, deep in its reflections about teenage life, and compelling as a mystery.”, Booklist, starred review
Review of Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
It’s always good to have a plan, but what if that plan was not of your own making? What if you outgrew that plan? These are some of the ideas, that Kirby explored via a compelling story set both the present and the past, which kept me completely captivated.
Parker had spent so much time and energy working towards her mother’s goals, that she missed out on many of those high school rites of passage. Then, the journal of a now deceased alumna fell into her lap, and she found herself questioning everything she had been doing, as well as wondering if it was too late for her to change her path.
Both past and present storylines delivered lots of feels for me. They mystery of the golden couple, plus Parker’s growing confusion kept me turning the pages. Kirby really took Parker on quite a physical and emotional journey. It was really satisfying watching her grow and change, and I do think she was better for it, in the end.
It has been a while since I read one of Jessi Kirby’s books, I forgot how much I loved them! She threw in an interesting twist, and then she did something else that was surprising, and after that, she went for the triple, and I enjoyed each and every turn this story took. I experienced many feelsplosions over the course of this story, and am grateful for the opportunity to shed some happy tears for these characters.
Overall: Compelling and emotionally satisfying.
Review of Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
As a self-professed fan of fantasy, I’m surprised to say that most of my favorite books so far this year are contemporaries. While I was trying to gather my thoughts about Golden, it occurred to me that the reason I loved it so was because it felt authentic. Jessi Kirby’s talent for stringing words into the most beautiful phrases was certainly appealing. But it is truly Parker and her journey that made me love this story as much as I did.
Parker Frost is yet another main character that I find myself deeply identifying with. She’s a typical goal-oriented, rule-driven girl, one who has always been determined to make her mother proud through her achievements. I was completely like that in high school, so I understand her incessant need to follow the rules and to do what was expected of her every. single. time.
It’s apparent from the start that Parker is starting to feel restless in her own skin. She begins to question the life she’s living and the life she’s headed towards (college on a scholarship basically), and it unnerves her. She’s been working so hard to accomplish her goals for so long, that to think that all the effort was for nothing is something that’s scary and unfathomable. She can’t reconcile the thoughts with her reality, and she certainly tries to ignore them for a while.
So when this mystery falls into her lap, it’s no surprise that she teeters on the brink of addressing it all or staying safe and sound in her comfort zone. It is also here where I identify with Parker, as she weighs the pros and cons of either a step forward or a step back. We’ve each encountered that moment in our lives when we don’t know what the right thing to do is – and it is the path we choose to take that will change everything or keep everything the same as it always was and is. Even though a part of me willed Parker to be cautious, the bigger part of me just wanted her to take a risk, take a step, take a chance.
It’s a universal experience, I believe, to have that point of no return – a moment where you make a decision that you won’t be able to take back. Kirby handled this phenomenon incredibly well in her novel, bringing us the parallels of Parker’s reality with the reality in the journal she finds, and I like how she juxtaposed the results of making either of those decisions.
We all want to believe that there’s a greater force out that there shows us a sign when we need to figure out what we want to do with our lives. Parker’s sign is this journal. I like how the journal started Parker on a journey that changed her completely. She discovered that there could be a possible path different from her own, that things you might have least expected to matter – a painting, a moment, a memory – are the ones that could matter most in the end.
Kirby also tackles the universal need to believe that fate can play a hand in things, especially when it comes to missed connections, second chances (or first ones) and that overwhelming, consuming sort of love you only see in the movies. While in most cases, that could turn into something cliche, Jessi instead manages to make it seem raw and real in this book. It’s something that toys at each of our minds, and presenting it this simply was a smart choice when writing the book.
Parker’s journey is beautifully handled, as we see both sides of the coin and allowing us to see into her fears, doubts and insecurities. Being able to get a good grasp of Parker was essential to enjoying the book, and I feel she was really given the time to really flourish. This was key in my enjoyment of the book, as I love good character development. Parker’s journey definitely reminded me of my own self a few years ago, and I loved that.
In the end, it all boils down to this question: who will you choose to be? It’s a question that Parker discovers the answer to, as the novel finally reaches it’s end, even as we discover that she still has a long way to go. Closing the last page of Golden and saying goodbye to Parker was like bidding your best friend a “See you soon!” – you know that she’ll go on to have more experiences without you, but you also know that maybe, somewhere, someday, you’ll see her again.
About the Author
Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass, which was an ABA New Voices selection in 2011; In Honor; and Golden. When she’s not writing, she works as a middle school librarian. She lives with her husband and two children in Crystal Cove, California.
The book certainly brought all the feels, and elements of all characters. Throughout the novel, the story is smooth and generally moves along well. At the end of the day if you are looking for something that you have read similar to this before and don’t mind another, then this will satisfy you. If you are looking for something more than just an average read, that you will want to engage with, then this is also something you will enjoy.
Details About Golden by Jessi kirby PDF
- Name: Golden
- Author: Jessi kirby
- ISBN: 978-1442452183
- Language: English
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Fiction, Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction
- Format: PDF/ePub
- Size: 1 MB
- Page: 288
- Price: Free
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