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3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  189 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Can Billie find the truth? When 16 year old Billie Paradise inherits her grandmother's house, it's a fairytale come true. Maybe Billie can even find the father she's never met. But moving back to her mum's childhood home uncovers long-buried secrets and Billie soon discovers that people may die, but the past lives for ever.
Paperback, 262 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Walker & Company
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Catherine Bruton
Aug 22, 2011 Catherine Bruton rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of this amazing novel by Joanna Nadin. I love all her stuff but this is a bit darker than the Rachel Riley books or Buttercup Mash. It's more like Wonderland which came out last yeat I think. I couldn't put it down and read it in a day. Slick, beautiful and compelling!
May 19, 2015 Aju rated it really liked it
Have you ever had someone that you adore broke your heart?

Bill paradise lives in a flat with her mother and half brother,Finn. Her life was a straight path but all that changed when she receives the key to her grandmother's home which is more like a mansion which she has never been in, her mother on the other hand once roamed the rooms but left it behind until now. But why leave your birthplace when you get to live life like a queen you might ask, well that is one of the question in the sea th
Katie  (Books and Katie)
"We all have secrets. The kind of secrets that don't matter. Not really. Their fleeting, like insects, mayflies. Alive for just a day.

But some secrets aren't mayflies. They're monstrous things: skeletons locked in cupboards; notes slipped through cracks in floorboards and between the pages of books. And, though the ink fades and the paper yellows, the words are still there. Waiting to be find. Or to find us.

If I had known who he was—who I was—would it have changed anything?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Vikki VanSickle
Dec 27, 2012 Vikki VanSickle rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This is a very "secrets and lies" family tale about a teenager with a troubled young mom who inherits her grandmother's beautiful old house in Cornwall. They flee London, hoping for a fresh start, but Billie's mother gets sucked into dark memories of the past and teeters on the brink of sanity. Billie falls in love, but her new relationship is tested when the truth about her family rises to the surface.

I really enjoyed the setting of this novel, which was gloomy and atmospheric. Nadin has a poet
Feb 04, 2016 Les rated it liked it
Het is a Cambridge student from a small coastal town. Her surgeon father is a tyrannical bastard, physically and emotionally abusive to his wife and daughter. Whet Het get pregnant by a carnival worker, and defies her father's demands to get an abortion, he kicks her out of the house. Within days everything from her room has been stripped and thrown away and she is never mentioned again.

Fast forward 17 years...Het has her daughter Billie and then a son from her current boyfriend. They live a han
May 20, 2016 Sabrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters and the plot but I felt it was a bit too YA for me. I also felt uncomfortable with the idea of Billie and Danny and the romance between them before they found out...very different...I wish the novel was longer and more in-depth. The background information wasn't dragged out enough. I was hoping for maybe some kind of proper relationship for Billie...not the situation where she was intimate with her cousin. If I had the chance to change the novel I would add more depth and ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Sophia rated it really liked it
[Original Review]
I always like these kinds of suffocating, small town with a big secret kind of books. In fact, I dare say I wish I'd written Paradise myself. It was a good length and unravelled perfectly.

Billie was a sweet, sympathetic character and I couldn't help but root for her the whole time. I just wanted her to catch a break. She was stuck playing mum but it didn't turn into a Cinderella/'oh woe is me' type story. She just got on with it and tried to do the best for her family, which was
Aug 15, 2014 Carrrru rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Lugu saladusest. Ja sellest, kuidas kapiluukered alati päevavalgele tulevad - no matter what.

Korraks käis viimastel lehekülgedel peast läbi mõte, et äkki upub kogu perekond ära. Aga selline lõpp oleks olnud liiga julm vaese ennastotsiva tüdruku elule.

Pisut segadusseajav, sest paralleelselt jutustati lugu kohati 4-5 inimese vaatevinklist. Samas eks seda igas raamatus ju ei kohta, seega mingil määral ikka omapärane.

Haha ja muidugi - Billie Paradise on ikka üks kohutav (ja irooniline) nimi. Lood
Love was the last thing Billie Paradise expected to find. Billie is surprised when she inherits her grandmother’s house, a veritable mansion in the small town of Seaton. Besides her mother, Billie’s family is shrouded in mystery; a father she never knew and grandparents that were never spoken of. Still, with her mother on the verge of losing it, the offer for a fresh start is irresistible. Billie has one wish for her move to Seaton – to find her father. What she finds instead is hushed up secret ...more
While it was lovely to read a book that takes place in a shore town in a different country, I found this one to be a little bit of a let down. I think it's because the entire plot revolves around a big reveal that is pretty much handed to the reader in the introduction and solidified on page 148. If you look beyond the big "wow", that really isn't that wow, then you see a family that is a mess. I wanted Billie to get her act together, and kept forgetting that she was 16 because in some parts of ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I have been a fan of Joanna’s work since the first Rachel Riley book. When she brought out her first non-Rachel Riley related teen book, Wonderland, I quickly brought it/read it and loved it so when she released a second YA solo book, Paradise, I snapped it up.

Paradise is an amazing book that tells us of Billie Paradise, a sixteen year old girl from London who inherits a house in Cornwall from her dead grandmother Eleanor. While in Cornwall she begins the hunt for her father and on the way Billi
Author: Joanna Nadin
Published By: Walker & Company
Age Recommended: YA (some Language)
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4


"Paradise" by Joanna Nadin was a good contemporary fiction read. This author gave us a well written read that full of mystery, family secrets and even some romance in this well captivating read that moves from present to past. This novel was written very cleverly. You will only have to pick up this read to see what I am speaking of. Billie Paradise,
Book Twirps
Oct 11, 2012 Book Twirps rated it really liked it
When Billie Paradise receives a key to her grandmother's home, it seems things may finally turn around for her. What Billie doesn't understand is why her grandmother left the house to her seeing as how they'd never met. Billie's mother left home when she discovered she was pregnant and didn't return. Even though she is reluctant to leave the flat in London and all of her friends, Billie knows that moving to the house might do her family some good. Her mother has changed -- dealing with her new h ...more
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Paradise is a beautiful story that will leave readers speechless. Joanna Nadin's novel of sweet romance, family secrets, and mystery is captivating and surprising enough that you won't see the plot twist too soon.

Billie Paradise believes her family's move to a small town by the sea is just the change of scenery they all need. She hopes to find a missing piece of herself in her mother's hometown and maybe clues from the past to paint the picture of the grandparents she's never met. When Billie be
Shelley Mastalerz
May 26, 2013 Shelley Mastalerz rated it really liked it
Billie Paradise is unsure of what to do when she inherits her grandmother’s estate in a small seaside village in England. All she has ever known is her small flat in London that she lives in with her mother and her half-brother, Finn. What’s more is that she never met her grandmother and her mother left the village when she was pregnant with Billie, and has never returned or communicated with her family since. However, once her mother, Het, finds out about the offer, she tells Billie that their ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Keri rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I was interested the entire time! I really enjoyed the format that it was written in. The story itself was really intriguing. I had enjoyed trying to figure out what the big secret was. And though I had predicted a few things, the rest was still pretty surprising. The ending felt a bit rushed and I felt closure. The last chapter was as I had predicted. I was slightly disappointed by one thing but in makes perfect sense. It was a realistic story. ...more
Kiara Fulloon
May 16, 2015 Kiara Fulloon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
I was very intrigued by this book. The cover was beautiful and it sounded great. I started it and flew through it easily. The writing was simple but I did like it. There were many similes and metaphors that I really liked and the descriptions were very well done.
The characters were quite complex and I must admit, I did get annoyed with them at points.
There are many underlying story lines and different plots to the story. I felt like I was reading stories within stories.
The chapters that I see
Nov 05, 2015 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt that this book was predictable and kind of boring. I figured out what was going to happen maybe halfway through the book. I was disappointed with the romance because it was basically insta-love and we didn't really get to know Danny. I liked the plot and story line and think it had potential, but I think it could have been done a lot better.
Mar 28, 2012 Zoe rated it liked it
Recommended to Zoe by: A girl from twitter.
It was well written, but it wasn't my kind of book. I was recommended it from a person on twitter. I was hopeful at the beginning because the MC came from EXACTLY the same place I grew up in (Peckham, London) and even went to the same primary school! However, the storyline wasn't for me. The best bits were the sort of flash-back parts describing Het or Eleanor's past encounters. What the reader finds out is sad and tragic as the book goes on. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 10, 2015 Dominique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pretty good, one of the major plot twist was kinda weird but the characters were pretty strong
When I was in grad school, a professor told us there is no such thing as normal and that all family dysfunction spans generations until someone has the insight and courage to break the pattern. This YA novel is about one such dysfunctional family and the secrets that keep them locked in their dysfunction. If you like mysteries about families in which a courageous teen is determined to break the pattern then this one is definitely worth exploring. Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads ...more
I did like the book but it was quite different.
Lizz Martensen
Aug 30, 2013 Lizz Martensen rated it liked it
Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover. But I did. This book is pretty much nothing like what I thought it was going to be. I'm not sure what I thought it was going to be like, but it is a teenage angst story about Billy, her mother, and her grandmother, their stories told in alternating chapters. The story is interesting so far ... Continue reading at Lizz the Librarian
Emilie Hiscock
Odd book..definitely not what I was expecting. However, it definitely had some sort of strange yet memorable impact on me. I wouldn't recommend it, though. Nothing super eventful happened. It was all slowly paced and very mellow until the end. Everything happened too quickly, or wasn't described in enough detail, in my opinion. Not the most amazingly written book, but it had some deep stuff hidden between all those British slang words.
Jul 23, 2013 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My notes on this book from camping...
-didn't like the drinking
-like the little connections
(view spoiler)
-Waiting 4 him to arrive/never arrives makes me want to cry
-Would've like more closure regarding Billie+Dannie
-Ending was good but hard to get into.
I sound crazy...
Oct 25, 2014 Eleanor rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book, despite it not being what I would usually read I surprised myself by actually quite liking it. But, it was slightly melodramatic for me, "the big reveal" secret talked about and built up throughout the book was kind of obvious to me quite early on. It was a good book but not very good at keeping secrets!
Jun 14, 2012 Christie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, e-arc
I really loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it and stayed up way too late to finish it. I love the back and forth through the different narrators and all of the clues along the way so readers can try to figure out how the events come together. My only complaint is that I wanted it to be a little longer! Very well done.
Miss B
Jan 27, 2013 Miss B rated it liked it
A romance, a mystery, a story of family relationships; a bit of a page turner at times. 'Paradise' if the surname that slighlty off-beat mother Het gives herself and her two children in her efforts to create a feeling of all being wonderful in her life; but all is not wonderful and she is only covering up a secret.
Dec 13, 2012 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
I like Nadin's style, but Billie's life is really hard, and her story was hard to read because it was so upsetting. I only got 100 pages in before I had to stop.
2.5 stars I liked the atmosphere of the story and the main character. The mysteries were apparent fairly soon, and I did not appreciate the one big twist.
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Joanna Nadin is an English author of juvenile fiction best known for the Rachel Riley series of teenage novels Based on Nadin's own childhood, the series follows the comedic narration of a 13-year-old girl.

Nadin has also written several books of juvenile fiction. These include two books for the Oxford University Press "Project X" series designed to encourage boys to read.

Nadin previously worked as
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