Now I know 100% that I need to get my hands on her book In Honor!!
I got to meet Jessi last year at Passion and Prose actually, where she was passing out signed post cards for In Honor, and while she would most likely not remember me, I remember her being such a sweetheart!
So when I got the opportunity through Edelweiss to read her newest book Golden, I jumped on the chance! :)
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
This book had it all! Great characters, great story, mystery, surprises, love, self-discovery...just everything that would = a great book!
Parker was such an interesting character, because while she has always done what is expected of her from her mother, it finally has her branching out and trying some new things, before it's too late! High school, while definitely meant for studying, also needs memories to be made, and while Parker has had the studying part down, she didn't really get the memory making part down.
So now is the time!
Finding Julianna's journal changes Parker's life in a way that has readers wanting more and more, and MORE!! That journal is the key to a town's ten year "myth"/ghost story/etc. whatever you want to call it!
You can get your copy of Golden this coming Tuesday, May 14th, from either at Barnes and Noble or Amazon! :)
The Romance Bookie :)