Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Review: We are the Goldens



We are the Goldens
by Dana Reinhardt
Series NA
Published By Wendy Lamb Books
Publish Date May 27, 2014
Pages 210
Format ebook
Genre Young Adult
Source via Netgalley for an honest review
Rating 3 stars







Blub from Goodreads:

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.


My Thoughts:
I liked this book for the story line, however the way it was written was not to my liking. The way it went from journal like writing to conversational writing just wasn't me and the way I like to read. As I said the story line was great. I loved how you got to see the struggles all the characters were going through. Would I recommend this book to others. I would even to younger readers then myself because there isn't anything in this book that would be considered to mature for older teens.

About the Author:
Dana ReinhardtWhy don't you have a bio section?

Because I hate writing about myself.

But wouldn't that be easier than answering a whole bunch of FAQs?

Maybe. Probably. Go on... 

So where are you from?

I'm from Los Angeles, but now I live in San Francisco. Except for the summers where I go back to Los Angeles in search of the sun. 

What are you doing when you aren't writing?

Laundry, usually. Sometimes dishes. And I really like to walk near the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Why don't you run instead of walk?

Running is hard. And I'm sort of lazy. 

Have you ever had a real job?

Yes. Of course I have. I've waited tables, worked with adolescents in foster care, read the slush pile at a publishing house, and fact checked for a movie magazine. I also worked for FRONTLINE on PBS and Peter Jennings at ABC. I went to law school, which I know doesn't count as a job, but hey, that was a lot of work. 

What's your writing day like? Do you stick to a routine?

I like to write in the mornings. Sometimes that means I have to get up really early. I try to write 700 words a day -- about three pages. I know there are lots of writers out there who can write way more than that. I know this because writers like to tell you about how many words they've written on FACEBOOK. So I try not to look at FACEBOOK when I'm writing. And anyway, I've learned that 700 words are about all I'm good for on any given day, and if I write more than that I usually end up getting rid of most of it later. 

What, are you lazy or something?

I already told you I'm lazy. But seriously, 700 words are a lot of words. 700 of them, to be precise. 

Where do you get your ideas?

From someplace inside my head. 

That's not really an answer.

Yes, it is. And it's as honest an answer as I can give. 

Are your books autobiographical?

Not really. I'm not adopted, I've never told a lie that sent someone to jail, I've never built a house or had a brother go to war. But there are always things in my books that come from my life or from the lives of the people around me. It would be impossible to make up everything. 

Why do you write young adult fiction?

Because I was a young adult when I fell in love with reading and I can remember how books made me feel back then. How they provided both comfort and escape. That might make me sound like a shut-in, but I wasn't. I was just open to the experience books offered, probably more open than I am now as an adult. And I like writing for that sort of audience. 

What exactly is young adult fiction?

Lots of people have thought long and hard about this question and have had many intelligent things to say about voice and how YA books can't spend too much time on adult characters, etc. I don't have anything to add to the debate except to say that YA should be a place to go in the bookstore or library if you are looking for a coming of age story, no matter how old you are. 

Do you have a favorite book?

Yes. 

Don't be coy, what is it?

To Kill a Mockingbird. 

How come there aren't any vampires or wizards in your books?

Hmmmm... good question. Maybe I should write about vampires and wizards. 

No, you shouldn't. You wouldn't be very good at that.

Thanks for the vote of confidence. 

Did you wear a Soupy Sales sweatshirt when you were seven?

Does anybody even know who Soupy Sales is? 

That's what the Internet is for. Don't avoid the question.

I'm sorry, is this really a Frequently Asked Question? 

No. But, c'mon, tell us anyway.

Yes, I did. But I'm trying to portray myself as someone who wasn't a total loser. So maybe you shouldn't bring that up. And it also makes me sound ancient, which I'm not. Yet I had a Soupy Sales sweatshirt. And I loved it. It was yellow. And really soft. 

You're right. It does make you sound like a loser.