Even in Paradise

Posted by Morgan on October 13, 2014
20601687Title: Even in Paradise
Author: Chelsey Philpot
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: Oct 2014
Pages: 368
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When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St.Annes at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senators daughter.Most people do…or think they do. Charlotte certainly never expects she will be Julia’s friend.But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger-than-life new girl’s world-a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties,palatial vacation homes,and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for,Julia’s handsome older brother ,Sebastian.But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future,Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy.A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden…until now.

I really loved this book. It is very brilliantly written and will capture your attention from cover to cover.”Even in Paradise” is beautiful in a sad, but hopeful way. The characters and setting is very original, and essential to the story. In the beginning, when Charlotte and Julia first meet and become friends, Charlotte sees Julia’s life as glamorous and perfect, but as she gets pulled into Julia’s world, she sees that Julia’s life is far from perfect. Everyone sees the Buchanan family as the flawless family that has it all,and that is the facade that they want everyone to believe, but the family underneath the surface, the real Buchanan family, is held together by breaking pieces. This book is about friendship, family, and love, but it is also about breaking, and the hope that comes with breaking-the hope for a new beginning. “Even in Paradise” keeps you on the edge of your seat, with secrets, humor, and charming characters that are very relatable. The ending to this book is surprising, and it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, but it has a very real ending. The book teaches the reader that sometimes, things are broken beyond repair, but there is always hope for the future. This book also teaches the reader that everyone is fighting their own battles and everyone has problems, even in paradise. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes real, relatable, but also original stories. This book is a story of friendship, a story about family, and a love story all rolled up into one.

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