Book Reviews of Golden

Golden
Golden
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
ISBN-13: 9780385733113
ISBN-10: 0385733119
Publication Date: 7/25/2006
Pages: 256
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote GOLDEN when she was only nineteen, but you can't tell that by reading this book. It doesn't seem like a teenager wrote it (not that all teenagers are bad writers, but most think they're way better than they actually are), but an experienced author. In the novel, Lissy James' family moves to California from Oklahoma. Big deal. Lots of people move. Lissy's move, however, is a little different.

There are two major dramas she has to deal with in her life. One is the typical teen-movie sort of high school thing: everyone in her high school is separated into two groups. Goldens are the popular ones, Nons are everyone else. She's got to understand that and decide which side she falls on.

She may not have much of a choice, though, if her Aura Vision gets in the way of things. In her family, the women have powers to see things differently from most people, and Lissy can see people's auras. If that's not freaky enough, her powers are expanding so that she can see more, even the connections between people. Possibly, she thinks, the fault of her grandmother.

Every part of this book is great. The characters are interesting (with way more to them than meets the eye, which is nice, not to have everything right at the surface). The plot as well. Perhaps teenagers in an ordinary world with magical powers are becoming rather common in young adult literature, but this book is one of the better ones of that type. Anyway, it's a good thing to write about. Popular, and you can usually get a good story out of it. This author sure did!

In this story, there's evil. There's magic. There's the popular crowd versus the losers. Even a hint of romance. Basically, take elements from lots of popular teen books, put them together, and you have a great book: GOLDEN. Not only is it a fabulous first novel, but it's written by a brilliant new author. I'm certainly looking forward to reading Jennifer Lynn Barnes' next book!
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Helpful Score: 1
When Lissy and Lexie's family is forced to leave California for a small town in Oklahoma, Lissy is determined to act normal and be accepted. That is cue to suppress her mysterious but often just inconvenient Seer ability to see people's auras: different colors for different personalities. Yeah, an ingredient for "freak," right?

At Emory High, the cliques are terrible. You are either a Golden--the popular and the gorgeous--or you are a Non. It doesn't help that the triumvirate of the Golden girls seems to have it in for Lissy, simple because of her awkwardness. Well, and a few things that involve her freaky ability to see auras.

Lissy finds companionship in her friends Audra and Dylan as she reluctantly grows into her Seer abilities and begins to figure out the extent of her power. However, there's also a powerful evil lurking in the hallways of Emory High. Lissy needs to find out who it is and how to defeat it before it destroys her magical family and everyone she knows.

The story is interesting but the writing falls flat. None of the characters have time to grow into three-dimensional figures for me. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a while to go before she will be fully developed. At least she's still young.
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I enjoyed this book and have liked everything I"ve read from this author
reviewed Golden on + 962 more book reviews
When Lissy and Lexie's family is forced to leave California for a small town in Oklahoma, Lissy is determined to act normal and be accepted. That is cue to suppress her mysterious but often just inconvenient Seer ability to see people's auras: different colors for different personalities. Yeah, an ingredient for "freak," right?

At Emory High, the cliques are terrible. You are either a Golden--the popular and the gorgeous--or you are a Non. It doesn't help that the triumvirate of the Golden girls seems to have it in for Lissy, simple because of her awkwardness. Well, and a few things that involve her freaky ability to see auras.

Lissy finds companionship in her friends Audra and Dylan as she reluctantly grows into her Seer abilities and begins to figure out the extent of her power. However, there's also a powerful evil lurking in the hallways of Emory High. Lissy needs to find out who it is and how to defeat it before it destroys her magical family and everyone she knows.

The story is interesting but the writing falls flat. None of the characters have time to grow into three-dimensional figures for me. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has a while to go before she will be fully developed. At least she's still young.