Title: We Are the Goldends
Author: Dana Reinhardt
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
From the Publisher: 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 am so very frustrated right now.
I’ve been on a serious re-reading kick for the last several months. We Are the Goldens is the first new book I’ve picked up to read since I can remember. I was really hoping to be blown out of the water.
But I wasn’t.
The book was interesting enough to keep me turning the page, but when I got to the final page it really felt as if there should be more pages. The story is one where Nell, the younger sister, keeps her older sister Layla’s secret until she just can’t do it anymore.
But we don’t get to see the fall out from that secret. And let me tell you – it’s the kind of secret that’s a Big. Fucking. Deal. Even though you figure out the secret very early in the book, before it’s confirmed.
The story I wanted to read was about how the secret – and its consequences – affected the sibling relationship.
The story I got was simply a younger sister complaining about how her sister is different until she can’t hold onto the secret any longer. The end.
I needed more to really connect with the story and the characters. This book only scratched the surface, and it left me feeling disappointed and a little bit as if I wasted my time with it.