Happy August everyone! How is it that time is going by so quickly? We're six days into the new month and I've already read three books, one of which was Golden by Jessi Kirby. 

Golden is a contemporary young adult novel about Parker Frost, a seventeen year old girl who's about to graduate from high school. She's never done anything extraordinary with her life - she's spent most of it studying and making preparations for university - but when fate presents Parker with a clue that might help her solve one of the greatest mysteries in her town, she seizes the opportunity with both hands.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz were the golden couple of Summit Lakes High, remembered for being completely loved up and perfect for one other. But after discovering and reading Julianna's old journal, Parker knows that what everyone believed was a lie, and Julianna in fact loved somebody else. These are the secrets that died with Julianna on the night Shane's jeep crashed into a river, leaving behind a grieving town and two bodies that couldn't be buried.

Parker has many reasons to question what actually happened on the night of the accident after reading Julianna's journal. Brimming with new knowledge, she enlists the help of her best friend Kat, and her childhood crush Trevor, to help her solve the mystery.

Favourite quote:

'I don't know if you can ever truly see yourself in the present. It's too close. It's easier to see who you were in the past.'

Favourite character:

My favourite character in the novel was Parker. I was fond of her because she was a hard worker in terms of studying, but she didn't let school, and the demands of it,  dictate her life: she took big risks, she had a taste for adventure, and she made every moment of her one wild and precious life count (you'll understand the reference when you read the book). 

3 words to describe the book:

Mysterious, conflicting, exciting.



Reading this book filled me with so much wanderlust. It made me want to go on a road trip  and do something completely unpredictable, that I'd one day look back on and be proud of myself for doing. I love how this story was about so much more than uncovering a mystery, too: it was about self-growth, friendship and first love.

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