We Are the Goldens

We Are the Goldens

by Dana Reinhardt

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ISBN-13: 9780307975812
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 941,704
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

DANA REINHARDT is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, The Things a Brother Knows, The Summer I Learned to Fly, and Odessa Again. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two daughters.

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We Are the Goldens 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
We Are The Goldens is a beautifully written tale of sisterly love, heartache, finding yourself, and the struggles of learning what is allowed and what is right. I was truly not expecting such a weighted topic to be the focal point of this book, however I was pleasantly surprised and taken back to my years as a younger sister.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Nell has always thought she and her sister Layla's lives were intertwined. As a baby, Nell used to refer to herself as Nellayla, as if there was no possibility of one sister without the other. But as Nell prepares to start her freshman year of high school--the year that should ostensibly be the best year of her life--everything starts to change. Layla is suddenly distant. She starts lying to their parents and keeping secrets. When Nell finds out Layla's secret she tries to be an understanding sister. She tries to be what Layla wants her to be. The problem is Layla's secret isn't one that can be kept without consequences. The problem is that if Nell does what she knows is right by telling the truth, Layla might not forgive her in We Are the Goldens (2013) by Dana Reinhardt. We Are the Goldens is written in the second person as Nell talks to her sister Layla and recounts what is largely a disastrous freshman year for Nell. While Reinhardt offers a well-written and convincing portrait of a family (divorced parents who are still a united front) there is little else in this novel. While the second person tense makes sense here and is a clever idea, it creates a lot of distance in the story. Readers never get much of a sense of who Nell is partly because her story is so intertwined with Layla's and partly because she is often narrating a story that is not her own. Layla is similarly problematic as readers see her through Nell's eyes but not fully as Layla withdraws early on into her own world as it were. The writing is well-done with Nell often having some very smart, quotable insights. The debate around the central issue (Layla's secret) is balanced although also often drawn out given the fact that what Layla is doing is so obviously wrong for her and by societal standards. Nell is a sweet narrator and her friendship with Felix is both enjoyable and satisfying to read. Unfortunately the plot, such as it is, drags quite a bit given the brevity of the novel. The ending of the story also cuts off abruptly with little hint at what the aftermath of Nell's decision will involve. Taken more as a character study than anything else, We Are the Goldens is a fascinating book about sisters that will find its audience with readers looking for a quiet read. Possible Pairings: The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan, Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb, The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
We Are The Goldens by new to me author Dana Reinhardt explores relationships with two closely knit sisters at the center. Nell and her older sister Layla have always been close, more than sisters, they are an extension of one another. When Layla starts to change and become secretive and withdrawn, Nell notices and when she discovers that Layla is involved with one of the teachers, Nell struggles with what she should do. She loves Layla and wants her to be happy but she knows it’s wrong and knows she has to do something about it. The entire book is written from Nell’s point of view as if she is speaking to Layla, almost like a letter. Through Nell’s recollections and perspective, we learn about Layla’s relationship with her teacher, Mr. B and about Nell’s infatuation with Sam Fitzpayne. We meet Nell’s best friend, Felix. I didn’t care for Layla. I felt she took advantage of Nell and put her in an awkward position by expecting her to keep her secret. I thought she was selfish and as the elder sister, Layla should have been a better role model. Where Layla falls short, Felix was fabulous. He is a wonderful best friend and the author touches lightly on them being more in the future. I would have liked to see more of that explored because I thought Felix and Nell had great chemistry as friends.  I felt bad for Nell. She loves her sister and wants to be happy for her but she struggles through the entire story to decide what to do. The entire situation is a Kobayashi Maru. No matter what Nell does, she will come out the loser. We learn at the very end of the book what Nell decides to do but there are too many unanswered questions with no closure. I would have liked to read the outcome of Layla’s situation, the condition of Felix’s dad, the budding relationship between Felix and Nell and what happens with Sam Fitzpayne. Overall, I enjoyed this book but I do not care for loose ends in a stand-alone story. I recommend this book for the good writing and interesting story. It moves at an acceptable pace and Nell and Felix make the story worth reading. If loose ends and unanswered questions at the end of book bother you, this may not be the book for you. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of We Are The Goldens from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
The Author pens "We Are the Goldens", a coming of age young adult novel filled with emotions, secrets and family. I found her characters to be believable and typical for the age of which they were written in. The storyline is actually written through Nell's (younger sister) eyes, after the fact in letter form to Layla. I totally enjoyed the story, but felt there were to many unanswered questions at the end. I'm hoping the Author will be following up with a sequel to answer these questions. Recommended for young adults age 14 and up. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
Dana Reinhardt has this ability to write a story in such a way that it strikes a chord inside of you, even if you haven't experienced the issue at hand yourself. In WE ARE THE GOLDENS we get a story about two sisters, Nell and Layla, who until recently were inseparable. Nell looks up to her big sister and strives to be like her in every way possible. And then...Layla begins a romantic relationship with a teacher at her high school. Nell knows this is wrong, but wants to support her sister because OMG SHE'S IN LOVE. So. What does a girl do? Does she keep her sisters secret even though she knows it's wrong? And this is what I mean by striking a chord with readers. I'm going to go out a limb here and assume that most of you reading this do not have a sister that was/is romantically involved with a teacher. But I would guess that we all have felt a little uncomfortable with the decisions a loved one has made. So much so, that we've struggled with whether it's more important to keep the secret for that person, or tell someone because the secret is harmful and needs to be brought to someone's attention. That's the chord I'm talking about here. Reinhardt is genius in this realm. (See my review of THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS for further proof. Reinhardt was able to make me identify with a 17 year old boy. That's not an easy task, lol.) I also walked away from this book with a supporting character to include on my list of favorite supporting characters of all time. Layla's BFF, Felix, is not only the best kind of best friend, he adds some really great humor in a pretty heavy story. Be prepared to devour this one in one sitting. While it is a heavy story, the prose used to tell the story will captivate you and not let go until you see how Layla and Nell's story plays out.
JMad2001 More than 1 year ago
Being a human is hard. Being a woman is harder. Being a teenage girl is like Atlas holding all the planets not just earth. In We are the Golden’s author Dana Reinhardt puts this experience into words in a tragic situation. As young Nell Golden is trying desperately to keep Layla’s secret! The only problem? She isn’t sure she wants to if the cost is her sister. Unfortunately, Layla her older sister does not see their relationship as something she can’t live without. Layla is willing to sacrifice everything including her relationship with her sister to keep her secret. What Layla doesn’t realize is that her sacrifice is sending Nell into a lonely dark place that could tear their family apart more than the divorce. Nell is on a haphazard journey finding her own identity outside of her sister Layla. Except her life itself seems to be careening into a lost being without Layla. Nell struggles with learning how to Not be just Layla’s sister. She has to figure out exactly who Nell Golden is all while trying to not let everything she holds so dear about her sister be destroyed. She’s learning how to navigate this broken home that seems to have broken her life.  Nell is learns how to confront the person she thought would always be her greatest love & support. She’s finding love in all the wrong places & finding herself on the short end of the high school persecution stick. Nell turns to her best friend Felix whom has parents that inspire Nell’s fairytale love story happening in her head. Until, Felix can’t be her crutch when his Dad is diagnosed with Cancer. Not unlike many people Nell struggles to find the balance between being who you know you ought to be, who you want to be & being the you who makes your life easier to survive. While we watch Nell Golden realize that the cracks in the relationships we have can let in enough air to fuel the fire that can consume us; love! This story allows the reader to see that there is more to being a teenage girl than makeup, shopping & texting. It shows that even at such a young age our desire to save the things we love can destroy us. We are the Goldens leads us on the epic journey to discover how family can be the safest & cruelest part of our lives. 
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
You might find this story exhilarating and entertaining, like an old friend whispering over your right shoulder, or then again you might not. You might find it moving and breathtaking, and it might caress you like the wind whispering against your face. You might remember the combination to your old high school locker and attempt to visit it in a moment of nostalgia, before the local authorities come to arrest you, and take you up to the big house on the hill—the one overlooking the water through a set of bars that will keep you contained for the next twenty-four hours. Or then again, you might remain unmoved and curse the heavens at this story of sisters who were seventeen months apart. The closeness these sisters shared, and the bond that held them together might as well have been superglue, even if it ended up a bit chipped around the edges. I’d say it’s nearly impossible not to feel some sort of emotion upon the completion of WE ARE THE GOLDENS, but that would be mere conjecture and projection, and I want you to live your own life. Make your own mistakes, and dream the impossible dream…even if it blows up in your face faster than an M-80 and leaves you scarred from the nose down. For these chances and mistakes lead to opportunities and promises and hopes that might fill your body to its breaking point with desire and adrenaline, or then again, maybe you’d prefer to remain anonymous and stand behind the curtain, and let someone else make all the mistakes. What I can tell you, though, is this tale moved me. I was inserted and transported to the heart of this story, and I found the little voice whispering behind my right ear and talking to me like an old friend who had just plopped down beside me on the sofa. And as I hugged my Kindle against my chest and read page after page, I couldn’t stop the movement as it rumbled through my body and poured out of my pores, and astonished me at its sheer bravado when all I had asked was to be entertained for a few short hours of my life. Second tense never sounded so intense and mature, even if Nell was only fifteen years old. And her sister Layla with her golden locks and skimpy frocks made all the heads of the high school boys turn. Her fair share of golden hair made me smile with pleasure and glee, and at seventeen years she was the perfect one, or so it would initially seem. But this tale has more depth and despair than its adolescence would lead you to believe. But you’ll have to find out yourself if this is a story you want to read, because all I can say is that it moved yesterday and made me particularly happy to have discovered it. With a gleam in my eye, and my eyes pointed to the sky, I reached the end of this piece. But the ending of this youthful lass, as it came to pass, left me with more questions than answers. So it can be said with the slightest hint of dread that I would have liked a slightly more definitive conclusion than the slightly open-ended one I was offered, even as I know when I have met life’s strife I often have more questions than answers. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
TheLifeofaBookAddict More than 1 year ago
We Are the Goldens is told from the POV of Nell. Nell feels extremely close to her older sister Layla. She looks up to her and is over the moon excited about starting high school at the same one Layla goes to. Their close relationship changes one day however when Nell discovers Layla’s big secret. That is the major turning point in their relationship. Things are never the same for them and the closeness they once shared becomes more strained by lies and distance. Nell has a huge choice to make…telling someone what she knows or keeping Layla’s secret. I didn’t envy her that decision. She knows the right thing to do, it’s just a matter of should she do it or not. All in all I thought that We Are the Goldens was a good quick read. The book reads as if it were Nell writing letters to her sister. It was just hard for me to get into the narrative style at first. But once I got over that, I was able to enjoy the story-line. The relationship between sisters can be a delicate one and I thought that the author did a god job of showcasing that.  **I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for nothing but my honest opinion.**
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Nell and Layla, Layla and Nell – sisters forever and a bond that will forever be strong. That is until Nell starts high school and Layla, a junior betrays Nell. Sometimes people do things without thinking, they’re living in the moment, they are invincible and no matter what you say, they can’t hear you. For Layla, she is in love, I mean real love or at least that is what she believes. For Nell, she thought that following in Layla’s footsteps would be hard but she loved her, she believed in her and she would do anything for her older sister. This commitment to her sister would take a toll on Nell as she witnesses’ things that she never thought Layla was possible of doing. As the open relationship between the two sisters begins to tighten; the tension heats, the words spoken get shorter and time passes slowly. Nell just wants her sister back but Layla is living her dream and the other parties involved are confused at what they see. Nell really fell for her older sister, she adored her and didn’t mind living in her shadows. Nell’s persistence to help her sister and Nell’s means to accomplish what she wanted to do made her an extraordinary character. Nell knew that she couldn’t hold onto the secrets and who she told the secrets to would matter, just like lies and gossip that traveled down the school hallways, she knew she had to tell the right individuals. I adored Nell’s and Felix’s relationship. They had something special going while Nell’s world is twisting all around her. There is only so much a person can take and as you read the author’s final words, you create the finale. Received from NetGalley and Wendy Lamb Books for an honest review. Thank you.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I discovered one thing with this . I am totally out of sync with teenagers. It took me a bit to get into this story as I don't really care for 1st person and talking the other characters. So said, I did get hooked. It wasn't what I was expecting. It was better. Nell and Layla are close in age to be twins. 1st Person Nell talks to dead friends for advice. She has moved up to High School with her sister Layla. Layla develops a crush on her art teacher. Nell is upset that Layla leaves her out of things. Nell relies on her best friend Felix. I guess the spoiler here is that it leaves you hanging over the cliff. Can't wait for the next book.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 I liked the writing in We Are the Goldens. The story is written as if Nell is speaking or writing to Layla. It flows easily, in a conversational tone. The tone combined with it’s relative shortness (~200 pages) allowed for a quick and easy read. I enjoyed the story, although I did expect more than I received. [SPOILERS]The biggest letdown was the ending. I didn’t like that things were left wide open with no resolution. While an epilogue might not have made any sense considering the way the rest of the story reads, I am still curious as to what happens afterwards. Being left in the dark like that is disappointing.[/SPOILERS] Overall, it was an okay book and I’m glad I got the opportunity to read it. * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. * All of my reviews are available on my blog, KDH Reviews.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on May 12, 2014 Book Info  Hardcover, 208 pages Expected publication: May 27th 2014 by Wendy Lamb Books ISBN 0385742576 (ISBN13: 9780385742573) other editions (5) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart. When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They're a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell's a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she's happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it's wrong, and she must do something about it. My Thoughts A story told from Nell’s POV written as basically an ongoing internal dialogue to her older sister Layla interspersed with real dialogue with teachers, friends, her parents and at times with Layla. As an only child it is not hard for me to imagine the feelings that Nell had for her sister, I would have given anything when young to have one of my own to worship and be friends with. Layla is the older Golden child, having been conceived thanks to the intervention of medical science when nature needed a helping hand she was long awaited and much loved as soon as she came into the world. Nell was conceived 8 months later, a “surprise” child who being little under 2 years younger than her sister bonded closely and became her shadow. Having daughters so close in age their parents decided they needed time to grow into their own identities so allowed Layla to start school but when it was time for Nell to follow they held her back for a year. This never became a real issue until Nell became a Freshmen to her sister Layla’s Junior in High School and she felt like they had grown apart to the point the girls were almost strangers to one another. This is a story about growing up with parents who have divorced and would rather live their own lives than provide proper guidance to their children, not that they did not show love or affection to Layla and Nell but they were too busy making up for splitting up the family to really pay attention to making sure the girls made the right decisions as they grew older. Layla especially was given way too much latitude, it seemed at times simply because she was 17 she was treated as a responsible adult who was left in charge of Nell who actually was more mature about following the rules their parents had set for them both. These two sisters story is interspersed with bits and pieces of what normal teens go through during their high school years along with memories of how things were when they were younger and closer to each other, it makes for a solid look at just how much each one changes as the story progresses. Like others who have read the book one of my favorite characters was Nell’s friend Felix, he was a breath of fresh air when the intensity became too much and she needed a bit of comic relief to lighten up with. The fact that he and Nell were so close helped her over and over as she struggled to come to grips with how to handle what was going on with her older sister. Neither loved or hated, more like feeling a bit letdown as no real resolution to story at the end. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"We Are the Goldens" by Dana Reinhardt is a coming-of-age story about two sisters, Layla and Nell Golden, who are best friends until Layla starts hiding the truth from Nell. Written like a letter to her sister, Nell tells the story of how close they've always been and how when school starts her freshman year Layla begins withdrawing. Nell takes some of the blame as to what her sister is going through, even though she's not at fault. The love and devotion that is shown through Reinhardt's writing is so honest and real that I had a really hard time not having feelings for Nell and Layla. Nell is fifteen and so excited to be starting her freshman year of high school with her older sister. She looks up to Layla and pretty much all or her decisions are based on what Layla does. Layla is the older sister by just ten months but "she has a good head in her shoulders" is how all the adults describe her. She's the popular girl, the all-star athlete, pride of her parents. She's everything Nell wants to be. Then the rumors start and Nell is shocked to learn from her sister they are true. This whole story revolves around this truth. Like I said, the story is written as a reflection by Nell, almost like a letter to Layla, an explanation of why she is doing what she does at the end of this book. Nell lies and takes up for Layla, thinking it's the right thing to do, but in her heart she knows it's not. This story's plot is all about Nell leaving her sister's shadow and basically becoming the young adult we all want our children to be. This book pulled at my emotions. I was nostalgic thinking about my own high school experiences and if I would've been as brave as Nell if put in her situation. I'd like to say yes, but who knows. I laughed, I cried, and fell in love. If you enjoy coming of age, young adult reads I highly recommend you check this book out. It's sweet, loving and heartbreaking, but worth every word. ***I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***