Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.
Release: May 14, 2013
Is this cover anything new, anything original, anything I have not seen before? No. It features a pretty girl with moderately flowing hair standing in front of a blindingly bright sun. It is nice to look at, which is probably why things like it are used so often. Do I care? Absolutely not. Golden's cover is almost ethereal, the rising light creating a halo-like effect that is stunning and surprisingly eye-catching. Even prettier is the delicate, intricate floral design blossoming beautifully from the bottom of the image, which does provide a dot of differentiation. This cover may be slightly cliché, but it executes common techniques so gorgeously that I can easily forgive it and show it off proudly while reading the book.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.