Why I Picked It: I didn’t, actually. Young adult stories rarely appeal to me, which is quite ironic because I am a young adult. I don’t know, YA fiction stories usually seem to me as unrealistic, exaggerated, or overly dramatic. And I’m not even talking about the dystopian subgenre! Anyway, this book was recommended to me by a good friend, Camille, who loves YA fiction.
Synopsis: After the sudden death of her beloved older sister, thirteen-year-old Nico finds her life on New England’s idyllic Mirror Lake irrevocably altered. Left alone to grope toward understanding, she falls into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister’s boyfriend. Over one haunted summer, Nico faces that life-changing moment when children realize their parents can no longer help them as she experiences the mystery of loss and recovery. Still, for all the darkness at its heart, Goldengrove is radiant with the lightness of summer and charged by the restless sexual tension of adolescence.
Type: Fiction, young adult
Quick Take: Well, it isn’t dystopian/science fiction, so I gave it a chance without really expecting anything. I love how it didn’t only revolve on Nico’s romance and the raging hormones surrounding adolescence. Many other themes were also touched, including grief and how to deal with it. I think this is a good read for teenagers.
Rating: 3/5 stars