Sunday, February 27, 2022

Review: This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg

This Golden State
by Marit Weisenberg

Publisher: Flatiron
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The Winslow family lives by five principles:

1. No one can know your real name.
2. Don’t stay in one place too long.
3. If you sense anything is wrong, go immediately to the meeting spot.
4. Keeping our family together is everything.
5. We wish we could tell you who we are, but we can’t. Please—do not ask.

Poppy doesn’t know why her family has been running her whole life, but she does know that there are dire consequences if they’re ever caught. Still, her curiosity grows each year, as does her desire for real friends and the chance to build on something, instead of leaving behind school projects, teams, and crushes at a moment’s notice.

When a move to California exposes a crack in her parents’ airtight planning, Poppy realizes how fragile her world is. Determined to find out the truth, she mails in a home DNA test. Just as she starts to settle into her new life and even begins opening up to a boy in her math class, the forgotten test results bring her crashing back to reality.

Unraveling the shocking truth of her parents’ real identities, Poppy realizes that the DNA test has undone decades of careful work to keep her family anonymous—and the past is dangerously close to catching up to them. Determined to protect her family but desperate for more, Poppy must ask: How much of herself does she owe her family? And is it a betrayal to find her own place in the world?

Kritters Thoughts:  Poppy is the oldest daughter of two in this family that has been "on the run" her entire life.  While she knows they have been on the move, she has no idea why they are on the move and doesn't even know her parents real names.  They leave one city and head to a home that feels lived in and like it has a past and her parents start acting weird and then all sorts of things start to unravel!  

While there is a mystery in this book, no one dies, but there is definitely a secret that needs to be unfolded in this book.  Before you roll your eyes, the author doesn't obsessive over this secret, and instead the reader is brought into this young woman's world and the secret is in the background that dictates her decisions.  Yes, the secret will be revealed but in the right time!

This book is really about Poppy.  It is a coming of age and the reader gets to see her on the cusp of adulthood as she must decide what a future away from her family could look like - which for her may seem impossible as her whole life has circled around her family.  

While it took me a few days to read this book, each time I picked it up, I was engrossed and couldn't put it down!  My first Marit Weisenberg book, but will definitely not be my last and I want to dip into her backlist in the near future.

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 13 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Macmillian.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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