Monday, July 21, 2014

We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt ~ My Review

We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt 

Publication Date: May 27th, 2014 
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Sold by: Random House LLC 
Pages: 210 
Received: ARC e-copy from NetGalley for my honest review. 
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

We Are the Goldens is an interesting story about two sisters, Layla and Nell Golden. Told from Nell’s point of view as if she is speaking to Layla; as if the reader is Layla.

Layla and Nell Golden are only about 17 months apart in age, and Nell has always adored Layla. Even calling herself Nellalya, as if they were one. Two years apart in school, Nell is going to be a freshman this year and is thrilled to be going to school with Layla again. It’s going to be a perfect year! They’re even going to play on the same soccer team as Nell made the varsity team. But things aren’t going the way Nell planned, Layla is acting different, and she is pulling away from Nell.

There is something going on, Nell can feel it. Something is not right with Layla. Slowly throughout the year Nell starts putting the pieces together. Layla’s got a secret. A big secret, and when Nell knows what it is she has to decide what to do about it. Because secrets can eat away at you….even if you are keeping them for someone else.

There are a few things I really loved about this story. I loved the way it was told. I loved Nell’s best friend Felix. He is funny and he always reminds Nell that she’s the only one who thinks Layla is perfect. Another thing that I loved is this, Nell talks to two dead boys, Duncan and Parker Creed. The brother’s died when they were 14 and 16 years old. 

I would have liked to see a little more of the story played out. The ending of the story is left up to your imagination. I mean, you're pretty sure you know what’s going to happen, but it’s left open for interpretation.   

I really enjoyed reading We Are the Goldens and read it very quickly! This Young Adult novel is about growing up, making mistakes, and realizing, the sister you idolized ...isn’t so perfect after all.

FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of the story from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

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  1. Great review, this sounds interesting I wonder if my daughter would enjoy this :)

    1. Thanks, Tamara! It depends on how old your daughter is. It's definitely a coming-of-age story.

  2. Hmm, that looks pretty good Candy. I love how diverse your reading is :)

    1. Hi Ceri! Thanks! I hadn't plan on reading this. Somehow it was on my NetGalley shelf as an invitation. I did not request it. But I decided to give it a try and found it really good. I could pretty much guess what was going on with Layla, but I found how it effected Nell, and how she was trying to decide what to do interesting. Because you don't want to rat out your sister, but what's going on is not right! Plus, at that age, everyone thinks they are so mature and can make their own decisions, right?


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