Title: We Are The Goldens
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A tale of the relationship we all have with our sisters, We Are The Goldens is a poignant, tender, heartbreaking coming of age novel that I adored--absolutely beautiful!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nell and Layla Golden are as close as two sisters can be. So close, in fact, that when Nell was young, she never realized that they were two separate people. Now a freshman, Nell cannot wait to start school and become somebody, and to be close to her sister. But Layla begins to pull away, hiding secrets and acting strange. When Nell finds out that Layla is seeing a teacher, she is torn between guarding her sister's secret and doing the right thing.. And she discovers that she must make the choice soon, before things spiral out of control..
What I enjoyed:
-The lovely, beautiful prose, told to the reader in first person, poignant and wise and so sweet
-The pacing of this novel was perfect--I couldn't put it down!
-Nell, the sweet young woman who wants nothing more than to be just like Layla
-Layla, the misguided, faux-worldly girl that falls hard for her teacher--so hard that things spiral out of control
-Felix--he was one of the selling points of the novel for me, hilarious and human and a great foil for wise, introspective Nell
-I loved the way Nell was actually speaking to the reader
-The situation the author presents: Is it ethical for a teacher to get involved with one of his students?
-The ending--it was perfect
What could've been better:
-I wish there had been more relationship development between Nell and Felix
-I wish there had been more development in Mr. B's character--I would've liked to know more about him
I really enjoyed We Are The Goldens--wonderful! Next on deck: Deception's Princess by Esther M. Friesner!