Nico is a thirteen year old girl whose older sister, Margaret, has recently drowned in the lake that borders their home. Nico's parents are too consumed with their own grief to help her navigate through her own feelings of loss. In the aftermath of this tragedy, Nico finds a special kinship with Aaron, Margaret's boyfriend. Nico and Aaron find solace in sharing their memories of Margaret with each other. A solace that neither can find anywhere else.
I thought that Goldengrove was beautifully written and that Francine Prose captured the lost and confused feelings of grief quite accurately. Nico seemed a bit too sophisticated for 13 years old, but she is definitely a likable character who is easy to identify with and relate to. Overall, I thought Goldengrove was a good book. Not great, but good.