Goldengrove chronicles what happens to 13 year old Nico and her parents after their beloved sister/daughter accidentally drowns. It is a heartbreaking, beautifully written story. Nico, seeks out the attentions of her sister’s boyfriend. A relationship clouded by her father’s thought that the boy has a ‘screw loose.’ And whether or not he does, his grief certainly causes him to act in unhealthy and dark, twisted ways. Nico and his growing relationship is not what anyone could label as healthy.
My only complaint is that the ending is a bit sudden – we take almost all of the book to get through one summer and then 3 pages from the end Nico is grown up with children reflecting back. I know we often wonder what happens to a character after the story ends. It just seemed a little unnecessary – I think it stole some of the easy flow out of the story.