We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
Published by Wendy Lamb Books 5/27/2014
In the Golden family, there are two sisters: Nell and Layla. This year Nell, a freshman, joins Layla, a junior, at City Day High School and Nell knows this will be the best year of her life. Except it isn’t. Something is wrong with Layla and Nell needs to find out the reason why. But the worst part, the worst part is figuring out what to do with the information once Nell knows the why.
Dana Reinhardt places most of Nell’s story inside her head as she looks back on her freshman year and her sister’s behavior. Nell’s ongoing monologue is interspersed with hints regarding Layla and with the dead Creed brothers, Parker and Duncan, acting as her conscience. Ms Reinhardt expertly weaves the interplay between the sisters and Nell’s struggle to find the truth. The tension becomes palpable as Nell gets closer and closer to the truth and as she determines what must be done with it. Ms Reinhardt produces another thought provoking story that readers will quickly devour.
If your readers are looking for another sibling story, The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt will touch you profoundly. Boaz, a marine, has returned home from war a changed man and Levi, his brother, will do whatever is necessary to reconnect – to know the changed Boaz.