Book Review: We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

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We Are The Goldens

By Dana Reinhardt

My Rating: 3 Stars

I was given this title as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Nel and her older sister Layla. Nel starts to notice changes in Layla. Layla, who used to be so close with Nel is now secretive and isolated. She lies about her whereabouts and makes up excuses to not be with her family. Layla’s actions create a void in Nel who is desperate to find out what is happening to her sister. But when Nel discovers Layla’s big secret she can’t believe it. Her sister is involved with a teach at their school. A teacher that is often rumored to be linked with female students. Nel wants to keep Layla’s secret but she’s losing her sister and she knows she must do something before it’s too late.

I gave this book three stars because the build-up is spectacular. Unfortunately, I felt like half the book was missing when I reached the end. Books should have three distinct parts: introduction, development/build-up and resolution. Sadly this book had the first two parts and was completely missing the final part. And it simply didn’t work for me. I suppose Reinhardt, meant for this book to conclude the way it did, but I desire some sort of resolution to my books. This left too much unanswered, undeveloped, and unresolved. Written like Nel is retelling the story to a listener, it implies that things have changed between the two sisters but it’s unclear if it’s good or bad. It doesn’t suggest an resolution or them being able to move on from the events in their lives that have led up to this point.

If you are only interested in the characters of a book, then you will enjoy this book. I truly felt like I understood Nel and her relationship with Layla. I felt Nel’s loss and confusion as she discovers the truth about her sister. But if you desire conclusion and resolution, then this book isn’t for you.

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