Title: We Are The Goldens
Author: Dana reinhardt
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Source: eARC via NetGalley
Rating: 3 STARS
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.
The story is told in Nell’s POV. She has always thought of her and Layla as two halves of the whole. They’ve always been close as sisters, friends. So when she learns about her sister’s secret, she doesn’t understand how everything went wrong. Nell is best friends with Felix, and he is always there for her as she is for him. there is no romance between them, just a strong boy/girl friendship. I particularly enjoyed that aspect of the book. It’s very realistic, and I think that it is a great message for young readers. I love how the the girls characteristics are very different from each other. Reading this, it felt like Nell is the older of the two.
This is a fast read. As far as realistic/contemporary goes, it was up to par. I think that this would be a good book for any teen, as it shows the bond between sisters and of the struggles of high school. Everyone has them, even the seemingly popular kids. Good book to give as a gift, as i’m going to give a copy to my cousin when it’s released. Overall, an okay read for me. I know that younger readers may get a better grasp of the story.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*