Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.
Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life,...more
Paisley has wanted to be a drummer for as long as she can remember, she’s always busting out beats on anything her hands can find, always car...more
Paradise has been sitting on my shelf for a while so; I thought I’d include it in my TBR Reading Challenge so I could finally read it. I hadn’t really looked at any other people’s reviews beforehand, but I really wish I had. I believe Paradise is going to be book that you either like or dislike and honestly – I really disliked it.
The story is based in Texas, where Paisley will do anything to try and become a star drummer. She’s joined a band made up of some guys from her school – howev...more
A lot of people have raved about the romance aspect of this book, but I think the characterisations were the strongest part of this book. I loved the little details that made up each individual; Paisley’s family were so clearly depicted in my mind that I could imagine the...more
Paradise had me completely engrossed from the start. It actually reminded me a lot of the movie Whip It , except, swap the skating with drumming and the roller derby with playing at Texapolooza. Paisley’s parents really reminded me of the parents in that movie. Paisley’s mom wants her to have opportunities that stretch beyond their small town. Her dad supports this idea, if not a little mo...more
First off... is that cover not HOT! Whew... somebody turn down the smolder! I was a little unsure about the cover while reading the story because... well I was wondering if it had any relevance BUT after reading about Paisley & Paradise's relationship, it couldn't be more accurate. So. Close.
This was definitely a character driven novel, I loved them... all of them. Paisley's sister, the members of th...more
The Waylon Slider band is in desperate search of a new lead singer. Believing that playing at Texapalooza is their ticket to making a name for themselves and finally getting the recognition they deserve, they're all to eager to accept Gabe, from Paradise, TX, as their new vocalist. Thing is, Gabe comes with a smoking hot squeezebox, and he ain't about to give it up.
Jill S. Alexander can tell herself a story! I’m not a music fan myself, which I speak of all the time, but I was really engrossed in this story which is based on Paisley, Paradise (a gorgeous boy)...more
This book had me by the throat from page one. Engrossing characters with equally absorbing plot lines made it difficult to put it down. I found m...more
The main character, Paisley, caught me off guard... The name Paisley seemed a bit pink to me. I literally pictured a pink paisley pattern when I firs...more
Okay, I must admit, I was a little worried about taking on a book like th...more
Paradise by Jill Alexander is a book I'm really torn on. I've had a hard time deciding how I felt about this book overall because I felt so different when I finished from when I started. I asked on Twitter if my review could just be- "I loved this book. Until the end. When I didn't..."- I know it's not really enough to be a review on it's own, but it actually sums up how I felt about this book quite nicely. So, I'm saying it....more
I’m pretty much convinced that in some past life I was in love with a cowboy.
Because I find them so attractive. (Like, I may drool a little bit.) And I’m from New Jersey! There are no cowboys in Jersey, friends. (In case, you didn’t know.) And the only one I know if in New York is the Naked Cowboy and he just does not do it for me. But oh gosh, when they can sing. I’m a goner.
Paradise (real name: Gabriela) embodies the spirit of country music and...more
After reading this book I am so overwhelmed with emotions. Jill S. Alexander had the ability to manipulate: the characters and words written in the book and most of all: the emotion that was evoked while (and post) reading this book. From start to finish, I was able to interact with main character, teenage Paisley and drummer of the Waylon Slider Band. Thanks to Alexander's use of first person na...more
I CAN'T EVEN! WHAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT????
i'm crying so much right now, i don't understand what's happening???
i thought everything's gonna be alright ..
i have my hopes high that before the ending, Paradise will show up and he's alive after all ..
but ACKNOWLEDGEMENT came, and then nothing ..
my hopes were crushed .. and i just can't do anything but cry ..
on the other side, this book is super sa-woooooooon!!
made me swoon all the time ....more
(no spoilers here)
Following dreams, to me, is something that requires two elements: fortitude and hope, and in regards to the later there need not be much of it. This tale could have easily ended with reinforcing these two elements wit...more
I loved all the re...more
Secret rehearsals and gigs and a couple of lies is what it takes to keep everything under control, to keep playing. But when Paradise, the new vocalist, comes into scene, things get more complicated.
Paradise is a very lovely bo...more
Before I start, let me just say that I am definitely a country girl at heart. The fact that I live in the northeast has no effect on me dreaming about cowboys and listening to country music exclusively. So a book about a country band was basically made for me. Especially one that has a boy with a mighty fine profile (I mean tell me he doesn't look gorgeous from the side!) Bias aside, this was a unique and fun read.
Paisley has always known that she wants to be a drummer, and she's on her way to m...more
To say that Paisley's mom is a control freak is an understat...more