Sunday, June 22, 2014

We Are The Goldens: A Book Review

I received this book for review through NetGalley, and as soon as I read the description, I was interested in reading it!  It definitely has a suspenseful aspect to it, and I am completely obsessed with the writing!  Definitely recommend this book!

Title: We Are The Goldens
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Pages: 208
Out in Paperback?: No
My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Summary:

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 Nellayla. 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.


I really enjoyed these characters!  Nell tells the story from her point of view; she is the younger sister, who absolutely adores her older sister, Layla.  She feels that they are intertwined.  Nell is a very realistic character, who I really did enjoy reading about!  Although she is a freshman in high school, I felt like she was not too immature or annoying in anyway.  Nell’s best friend, Felix, is definitely fun to read about; I felt that he was a funny, great character that was added to the story.  Layla, Nell’s older sister, begins to pull away, hiding secrets from Nell.  She is definitely an interesting character to read about; however, you never get to know her personality simply because in the story she pulls away from Nell thus the reader.


This story begins as Layla is pulling away from her younger sister, Nell.  Nell tries to figure out why Layla is distancing herself and being secretive.  As Nell learns the truth that Layla is involved with one of her teachers, she struggles with supporting her sister and worrying about her.  I thought that the story was very interesting, suspenseful, and kept me wanting to read!  I finished this book in 2 days because I didn’t want to put it down!  Although the plot was a bit predictable and there were no major twists and turns, I still really enjoyed it! 

Writing Style:

This was my favorite part of this book!  I absolutely LOVED how the author wrote this book!  Nell tells this story from her point of view, as if she was talking to Layla or writing a letter to her sister and expressing her opinions.  I definitely felt that the book had a great tone to it and wasn’t too young, despite being a young adult novel.  I also felt that the book had a pretty funny tone to it; I really enjoyed the sense of humor!

I definitely recommend this book!  Have you read it?  Have you read anything by Dana Reinhardt?  I can’t wait to check out more of her books!

FTC Disclaimer:
This book was sent to me for review by NetGalley.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  No affiliate links were used.

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