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We Are the Goldens

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,730 ratings  ·  549 reviews
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 Nellayla. 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 o
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
This book is about two sisters. The younger one Nell is supposedly writing it in letter form to her older sister Layla. They used to be inseparable. They were Nellayla.*gag*

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Nell (who is fourteen) is finally going to high school with her worshipped older sister..she will be the other half of the Goldens. It's going to be 'awesome.'
Then she realizes that Layla is pulling away from her.
Nell becomes almost stalkerish in her adulation of Layla. (I though Layla was an idiot.)

Then the big reveal of
Amy | Foxy Blogs
WE ARE THE GOLDENS is a recounting of events that took place between two sisters and is told from Nell's pov. Nell takes us through her freshman year and Layla's junior year. Having hero worshiped her sister her whole life Nell is struggling with how to handle the knowledge of Layla's secret.

Nell and Layla have always been close with their lives being intertwined. The Goldens even had a family joke; as a toddler when Nell learned to talk she called herself Nellayla because they were so much ap
Ash Wednesday
”I love you tons,” you said.
“I know.”
“And, Nell?”
“Yeah, I know.”
“You do?”
“Of course.”
“Don’t insult me.”
I closed your door.
That’s how I vowed to keep your secret.

I just love that exchange. It so perfectly captures what this book is about.

I probably have the least credibility in discussing a book about two sisters. I’ve never had the pleasure of having one. And while there are definite perks in being an only child, I can’t deny that I’ve always wanted to have a Jessica to my E
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

We are the Goldens!

This story was way better than I expected. I mean way better I actually thought I was going to have to force myself to get through it. But it wasn't that long so I decided to just read the whole thing today.

This story is told from Nell's pov. But it's about how she deals with finding out that her sister Layla is in a relationship with one of their teachers. I can tell you right now if it was me I would have told right when I found out. I'm very iffy with books
Elle G.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
**Please note: a 2 star rating does NOT mean I hated the book. For me it means it was "okay".**

This read just didn't do it for me. The blurb of the book is mysterious and gives nothing away which is why I figured I should give it a try. Unfortunately, I felt little to no connection with the characters. Even more, I found the writing style to be plain and unappealing. The premise behind the book is very promising but because I couldn't enjoy the way it was written it was hard to get into. Essenti
Laura McNeal
Dana Reinhardt's books always remind me of the soaring happiness that boy-girl friendships in adolescence make you feel. It's such a good, grounded, empowering sensation to be a girl in a friendship with a guy at 15 or 16, to take all the stress of "Does he like me?" out of the equation. It was one of the most adult experiences I had, and the most unspoiled. But Reinhardt is also incredibly skilled at showing what happens when you pick the wrong guy for your first love (oh, the agony), and at ge ...more
Paula M
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorite, for-review

"There’s something I need to tell you. Don’t be mad. Please don’t be mad. I hate it when you’re mad at me."

Layla and Nell are the Goldens, their parents are divorced, they’re only 9 months apart and Nell knows a secret about her sister. Her sister is involve with their art teacher!! THIS IS NOT A SPOILER. It’s written in the Blurb already, the real question here is what will Nell do about this information? Will she tell it? Keep it
”We are the Goldens, but we aren’t perfect. We’re going to have some hard times, and I wanted to calmly and wisely say some version of this to you: I am your sister. I’m here to help, we’re close, our lives are intertwined, you can trust me.”

You know how sometimes, when you’re at a dinner engagement or a party, there’s that one person who tries to be extremely pretentious? They use pretentious language and big words to make them see more intelligent then they are? And how in the process of d
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
Advance copy provided by publisher via Net Galley.

4/7/14 -
This one sounds like it's outside of my norm. Synopsis a little vague so we shall see!


3.5 Stars!

I found this to be a pleasant surprise! We Are the Goldens is a tale told from Nell's point of view. She the younger sister of two, and she idolizes her older sister, Layla. And Layla has a secret.

Our lives are intertwined.

Nell has a best friend, Felix De La Cruz. They lean on each other for comfort and support. He's who she t
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

I went back and forth between love and hate with this book. The ending really didn't help me pick a side either. I mean that ending! Gah! However when I think about what to rate this novel, I start at the basics. This is a young adult novel and it genuinely reads like young adult(the younger side of young adult anyways). The writing style is not for everyone, it's basically one long rambling letter/diary entry but the writing is still of good quality. The relationships felt realistic.

I'm not sur
Michelle Wrona
"I wanted to twinkle underwater like the lights of the city."

This was one of mine and even Buzzfeed's most anticipated books of 2014. When I found it at the library a few weeks after it was published on May 27, I ran straight for it and grabbed it with my all-mighty strength. (LOL, yeah right.)

After reading, I'm very glad that I've decided to read it. It was a novel of change, change from all of the mainstream books that are out there. This was a very well-written book. It's not the type t
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Invitation from the publisher for an honest review, via Netgallery.

3.5 Stars.


After about seventeen straight months and nearly 800 books later, I figured it was time to take a step out of the typical romance themed reads and venture into something a bit different. We Are The Goldens is a young adult novel that does not revolve the relationship of a love interest, but rather the relationship of two sisters. The story is told in a way that had me jumping to all sorts of conclusions about how
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Sisterhood is complex. And complicated. That much I know even without having a sister. Although I've frequently wondered what it would be like to have one. Especially one really close in age. (when we were kids my little brother and I used to pester my mom - of course always Mom - to "give" us a sister...she vehemently refused...hmmm wonder if we were really that "bad")

Nell and Layla have always been very close. So much so that Nell used to consider them "one entity" when she was a kid. (and hen
Kim Bailey
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
~ Marcus Aurelius ~

This book was actually much better than I had expected. For me, YA titles can be really hit or miss. Although not exceptional, this book was a pretty good read.

Meet the Golden sisters, Layla & Nell.
Written in first person, past tense from Nell's pov. The story is Nell's letter? confession? apology? to her sister Layla. This style of narrative is not original,
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: A-

Nell lives in the shadow of her older, perfect sister Layla, at least in her own mind. But Layla's life isn't so perfect. She's hiding a secret and she makes Nell complacent in that secret, even though Nell knows how wrong it is.
Nell's narration, with the unique second person POV to Layla, is a unique, intelligent and breathtakingly insightful look at high school, peer pressure, rumors, sisters, and love. She's a complex character, a good kid who sometimes breaks the rules. Her vision i
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome right from the beginning. The pages were flying and i couldn't get enough. I loved how it was narrated and how Nell talked to us as if we were her older sister. It was very relatable to those who have siblings. The ending was great as well. I only wished to be invited to more of the family drama, so I'm hoping there's a sequel. I look forward to reading more from this author. Thank you netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read something fantastic! ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

I was surprised by much I ended up enjoyed this book. I think that the cover threw off my expectations. If the cover is in any way deterring you from reading it, just know the cover does not accurately reflect the book.

I think one of my favorite things about this book was the writing. It's written in 2nd person and in a very straightforward way. However there are a lot of subtleties in the overall story-line that I lik
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I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I would have liked this book more if the author had chosen to tell the story differently. I don’t mean that I wish she had written a different story because this was a good idea for a book, I wish she had written this book in a different way.

The book is written as though Nell is writing
Provided by the publisher for review via NetGalley.

Review has spoilers, but I think I hid them.

We are the Goldens is about two very close sisters who drift apart after the older sister, Layla starts seeing one of her teachers. The book is written from the younger sister, Nell’s point of view as she has to navigate life after her sister starts to pull away because of the secret she is keeping.

I wanted to read this book because it seemed like an interesting read. I always enjoy a good sister sto
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WE ARE THE GOLDENS was an amazing read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's in a genre I don't normally choose, but good writing will suck me in every time and I thought Dana Reinhardt did a fabulous job giving life and voice to the Golden sisters.

We didn't need anybody else. But more than that, we were better without anybody else.

The story is about Nell and Layla, their family and friends. They are sisters who are very, very close. Layla's the older sister. She's one of those girls whose life s
What do you do when the older sister you idolize is flirting with danger and a broken heart and you are sworn to keep quiet? Nell has worshipped her older sister from the cradle, they have always shared everything. Layla is changing, becoming introverted, secretive and has become blind to the common sense she has always been known for. How can young Nell save her sister from herself, she knows she should talk to an adult, but she made a promise to Layla. Their family has had enough upheaval thro ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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“ As you went back to Layla, the girl with the world on a string, I went back to playing Nell, adoring sister, keeper of the peace.
The sister who lies for you.”

As someone who has an older sibling whose only 13.5 months older than me this book hit pretty close to home. I’ve never blindly adored my brother but one word from him can change my whole mood and I’ve covered for him a lot. Although I’ve never had to cover up something as bad as Nell ha
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I like Dana Reinhardt's work. I loved The Summer I Learned to Fly and really enjoyed A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life. So I was really looking forward to We Are the Goldens and was slightly disappointed.

One reason I didn't like this as much as I thought I would was because I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Nell wasn't annoying or anything, but she seemed kinda bland compared to heroines from Reinhardt's other books, like Simone (from A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life). Layl
Apr 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ok, where to start? This book was moving and powerful and creepy and I really liked it.

The creepy first. Spoilers will follow, please be warned.

1) Nell's obsession with her sister is just this side of normal and crosses that line often. I think her issue with her sister's lover was more jealousy than a true concern for right and wrong.

2) DUDE, who her sister's lover was is GROSS.

3) Not creepy, but annoying, that ending was WAAAAY too "lady or the tiger". This is a book, not a short story, there
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At one point when I was reading this book, I thought it was going to be one of those books that would blow my mind. Not that the book was not interesting or anything, but the slow, dragging pace really got on my nerves.

The writing which was done very nicely, actually. And that was one of the reasons for me to read and finish this book. It was full of questions that needed answers and I just couldn't put it down until I knew what the heck was going on. I gu
Jay G
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nell and Layla are sisters and best friends, they're basically inseparable. When Nell starts school at City Day, she starts to notice that Layla begins to pull away from her and she doesn't know why. When Nell discovers Layla is hiding a big secret, she has to decide whether to keep the secret or tell someone in order to save her sister from herself.

Right from the start I was hooked, I
Jay Fox
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Foxy and I were invited to read this book via NetGalley. The synopsis intrigued me enough to give it a shot, not to mention, it was a shorter book and that always appeals to me. After finishing the book, I asked Foxy to read it so we could compare notes on the ending.

From the beginning, the author has you guessing what the outcome of the story will be. The book is narrated by Nell, younger sibling to Layla by about a year and a half. Nell has always looked up to Layla and the two of them were al
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
ARC for review.

Excellent YA - love the voice of Nell, the narrator as she navigates problems, both her own and the serious problem her sister Layla has become involved in - divorced parents, pressures of sex, sisterhood and best friend relationships are all touched on in an incredibly realistic way and I completely appreciated the ending. And Felix. Love me some Felix.

Recommended for fans of YA "problem novels" and YA stand alones. I'll definitely be looking for more Reinhardt in the future.

Jen Ryland
Jan 26, 2014 added it
Shelves: may-2014
I really liked this! Beautiful writing. Takes a topic that could go melodramatic and tawdry and makes it a concise but moving story about sisters and secrets and loyalty and trust. I wasn't sure about the dead brothers thing, but the hybrid first/second person tense and even that frustrating ending actually worked for me. Longer review soon! ...more
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