Author: Jessi Kirby
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: May 2013
Format: eBook | 288 pages
Genre: YA | Contemporary
Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.
It's books like this that encourage me to read more contemporary. I really don't pick up books like this often enough.
What made this book, in my opinion, was the plot. I was completely invested in the story involved and so I just had to find out what happened. It was pretty obvious how the book would actually end, but I was excited to read how it would happen exactly and I wasn't disappointed.
I found the characters to be extremely relatable too. Parker was the girl who seemed to be living for everyone else apart from herself. She was so focused on not disappointing her mother that she almost mistook her dreams for her own. I loved how the mystery of Julianna forced her to challenge herself in every way possible. The rest of the characters involved were just as loveable as Parker was, though in some cases, I wish I saw a lot more of them. Especially Trevor, he was an interesting character and I would have liked to have got to know him better.
Overall I really liked this read. It was endearing and pretty quick to get through. I would recommend it to fans of this genre for sure.
My rating: 7/10