Friday, May 30, 2014

We Are the Goldens, By, Dana Reinhardt

Told in an unconventional way, We are the Goldens is a narrative written from one sister to another.  The reader becomes Lyla, and is addressed by her younger sister Nell.  It took a bit before I became use to this POV, but after I did the book was enjoyable.  Nell idolizes her older sister, and can't wait for high school to begin because it means that they will finally be at the same school.  Nell is full of excitement and anticipation of the experiences she hopes to gain while in high school, but things often don't go the way we want them to.  We are the Goldens is a novel about sisterhood, loyalty, and grappling over what to do in a difficult situation.  It’s a situation where betrayal, love, and doing the right thing become blurry.  Reinhardt did an excellent job portraying the dueled emotions Nell experiences in this novel.  This is a true to life novel, covering the intricate relationship between sisters.  How long do you stay loyal to your sister, when you know she is doing something that will hurt her?  At what point do you intervene?