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.
This book is a great coming of age tale. In the beginning we find our main character Parker grasping to so much about her childhood. There is so much in her life that needed changing and she didn’t realize it until she began looking into someone else’s past. Through her journey to find answers, she is pushed outside her comfort zone and it is there that Parker starts to grow and mature.
I enjoyed Parker’s character because in the beginning she was so innocent but matures realistically throughout the book. She wants to continue to live the life she knows because it is comfortable. Parker listens to her mom and devotes plenty of time to school and homework. It is not until she “steals” the journal of a former student that she begins to live outside the comfort zone.
There were a few twists that I was able to catch but that did not make them any less enjoyable. I enjoyed watching Parker piece together everything in the journal because you honestly did not know if it was going to turn out the way you guessed because little bends in the road would appear. Overall I liked where the story went even it was cliché at times.
I enjoyed Kirby’s writing style. This was my first time reading anything by her and I can honestly say I cannot wait to pick up more from her. Her writing style is perfect for the contemporary genre, mixing the right amount of light and heavy (if you have read any of my other contemporary reviews you know I always applaud this ability in authors).