"So, Layla, there's something I need to tell you. Don't be mad. Please. Please don't be mad. I hate it when you're mad at me. I am only doing this because I love you. Because our lives are intertwined" (p. 136).
Releasing today is Dana Reinhardt's newest novel We Are the Goldens. It's a novel about Nell and her older sister Layla who are so close it is almost like they are one person. The story opens with Nell and her friend Felix beginning their first day of high school at City Day, the high school where Layla is already a student and star of the varsity soccer team. Nell has been looking forward to joining her sister in high school and becoming the only freshman to join the varsity soccer team. It doesn't seem like long after Nell arrives at City Day that she feels things are changing with Layla, she is becoming more withdrawn and seems disinterested in many of the things Nell is so excited about. Layla has a secret and Nell is determined to find out what is bothering her sister and continue to be her confidante and closest ally. But this time things are different for Nell, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her sister's secret.
"While you glared at me. I felt something shifting. A fault line springing up. I stood on one side, and you stood on the other. I'll probably always remember where I was and what I wore and all that: it was that kind of moment. I could no longer pretend. Something was happening. Something that shouldn't be. And I had absolutely no idea what to do." (p. 66-67)