Thursday, June 5, 2014

We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Publication: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it.

We Are the Goldens is told from the POV of Nell. Nell feels extremely close to her older sister Layla. She looks up to her and is over the moon excited about starting high school at the same one Layla goes to. Their close relationship changes one day however when Nell discovers Layla’s big secret. That is the major turning point in their relationship. Things are never the same for them and the closeness they once shared becomes more strained by lies and distance.

Nell has a huge choice to make…telling someone what she knows or keeping Layla’s secret. I didn’t envy her that decision. She knows the right thing to do, it’s just a matter of should she do it or not.

All in all I thought that We Are the Goldens was a good quick read. The book reads as if it were Nell writing letters to her sister. It was just hard for me to get into the narrative style at first. But once I got over that, I was able to enjoy the story-line. The relationship between sisters can be a delicate one and I thought that the author did a god job of showcasing that.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.

**I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion. Thank you.**


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1 comment:

  1. I had a hard time at the beginning with the letter type writing too, it did turn out to be a pretty good way to tell their story though. Glad you enjoyed it.