Nell worships her older sister, Layla. They're one unit, intertwined: Nellayla. As Nell and her best friend, Felix, start their freshman year in high school, on Layla's turf, there's so much Nell looks forward to: Joining Layla on the varsity soccer team. Parties. Boys. Adventures.
But the year takes a very different turn.
Layla is changing, withdrawing. She's hiding something, and when Nell discovers what it is, and the consequences it might have, she struggles. She wants to support Layla, to be her confidante, to be the good sister she's always been. But with so much at stake, what secrets should she keep? What lies should she tell?
Award-winning young adult author Dana Reinhardt explores questions of loyalty, love, and betrayal in this provocative and intimate novel.
WE ARE THE GOLDENS is a recounting of events that took place between two sisters and is told from Nell‘s pov. Nell takes us through her freshman year and Layla’s junior year. Having hero worshiped her sister her whole life Nell is struggling with how to handle the knowledge of Layla’s secret.
Nell and Layla have always been close with their lives being intertwined. The Goldens even had a family joke; as a toddler when Nell learned to talk she called herself Nellayla because they were so much apart of each other Nell didn’t know where one of them ended and the other one started.
My husband and I were both invited by the publisher to read this book. After Jay finished he asked me to read it so we could discuss the ending because the ending was left wide open for interpretation. Or so I thought because I came up with a totally different conclusion to the ending than Jay. After listening to Jay’s reasoning on how it ended I would have agree with him. My original conclusion to the ending probably is a result of all the ya/na genre that have major drama and climatic endings.
TWO SISTERS…ONE SECRET
**Complimentary copy pre-approved by Random House Children’s Books, Wendy Lamb Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**