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Paradise

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  620 ratings  ·  97 reviews

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,

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Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jasprit
Covers can be so deceiving at times; in the last few weeks I have come across several gorgeous covers, but the story hasn’t been worthwhile at all. I had my doubts when picking up Paradise, thinking it may be some light easy going read full with sexual banter, but the saying never judge a book by its cover could never have been more true than for this book.

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
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
1.5 Stars

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
Annie
I’ve heard a lot of rocking things about this book and LOTS of complaints about the ending, which I think sort of made the book. The ending made the book's message stronger and I liked it; I realise I am in the minority however.

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
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read my review here! --> http://www.gonewiththewords.com/2011/05/review-paradise-by-jill-s-alexander.html

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
Kristi
This was my first time reading a book by Alexander and I assure you it will not be the last!

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
Missie
I wish I had better things to say about Paradise, but unfortunately, I don't. I really just didn't see much point in the story.

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.

Paisl...more
Zemira Warner
Apr 01, 2012 Zemira Warner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of country music
This is not just a book about music. It is also about standing up for yourself and going for your dreams. It had a bitter-sweet ending but that only made me love this book even more. Why did it took me so long to finish it? I have no idea because once I dived into the story I couldn't put it down.
Jacinda
Awhile back, I saw some early buzz about Paradise on Twitter, in reviews, and such. The talk was mainly about the ending. I had to read Paradise for the book itself (of course) and to see what happens at the end. Oh yeah, and for the cowboys! Who doesn’t love a hunky cowboy…or a whole story full of ‘em?


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
Joy (joyous reads)
I promised myself that when I eventually got up the nerve to start up a book blog, I would not resort to adding graphics and or videos to express how a book affected me. Good or bad, I’d rather articulate it into words. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with adding graphics, it’s just my preference. But let me tell you, I was so tempted to do that here.

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
Sara Grochowski
It isn't easy for me to coherently explain my feelings about Jill S. Alexander's sophomore novel, PARADISE. I really enjoyed Alexander's first novel, THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY, but I wasn't at all prepared for how much I would adore PARADISE. Not only does PARADISE feature a fantastic plot and engaging setting, the characters are phenomenal.

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
BOOK BUTTERFLY
Paradise is the story of a small-town country rock band. It conjures up images of pasture parties, country-fried cooking, sweet summer nights and Southern romance. For Paisley, the band's drummer, Texaspalooza could be just what she's been waiting for- a one way ticket to country super stardom. But when she develops a romance with the group's fiery lead singer, Paisley must decide if what she wants is really what she needs.

Okay, I must admit, I was a little worried about taking on a book like th...more
Kelsey
I was completely taken by Jill S. Alexander's sophomore novel. With likable characters, a charming setting, and an inspiring plot I was soon caught up in Paisley's story. All Paisley has ever wanted to do was live her dream- play the drums. And by being the drummer of the Waylon Slider Band, which is well on its way to being in the Texapalooza, she will be that much closer to escaping her little town. Until Paradise shows up, with his sexy hat, sweet singing voice, and charming smile, Paisley su...more
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Why it took me so long to read this book I have no idea. I remember when it came out I was dying to get my hands on it. I even went to Borders(may they rest in peace) to buy a copy and they didn't have it. Between then and now more books just got in the way so it took way too long for me to actually get to this. With that said I'm so happy I finally made the time and read it. Paradise was just a great book with a strong story. It was straightforward and honest and had a twist that really shook m...more
Ashley
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

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
Ginger (GReads!)
This book was going to be a strong 4 for me, but then the last 15 pages just ruined it. I really, really wanted to give it 4 stars, but I just couldn't. Still a very well written novel, just unsure of that ending.
Estelle
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

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
Kellee
This book was a roller coaster of a ride for me. I had trouble at the beginning getting into the grove of the book, but then about 50 pages in I was stuck; however, the ending came out of nowhere for me. I am not going to talk about the ending at all because it is something that each person needs to experience on their own. (view spoiler)...more
Michelle Anne
Shoot! Not the ending I was expecting. At. All. My goodness. I dont know what to think, how to feel.
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
Alice
I loved all the characters, especially the provacative and sexy Paradise. Paisley is a bit more girly than I would have expected, but she is still a stong female protagonist. The whole thing is told from her point of view and speckled throughout that are song lyrics from "Cal Boone's Lyric Journal". Cal, by the way is a guitar player in the band and although he doesn't say much, you definitely get what he is feeling through his songs. This books is so character driven; while you sorta care about...more
Junna CarLa ♥♥♥
WHAT WAS THAT??? OMG! THE ENDING!
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 ..
gosh! :(

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♪Bεε
First, dont judge a book by the cover. Its a lovely cover but it didnt seem to fit the story. Paradise by Jill Alexander was more of following your dreams even when there are things that are making the journey laborious, seemingly impossible, or downright hopeless.

(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
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
Paisley is the drummer in a band. Unfortunately it has to be kept secret because her mother would never approve. She thinks that by making it to Texapalooza and hopefully winning, she can prove to her mother that she is really good. The only problem is that their band lacks one very important thing, a lead singer. Enter Gabriela, or Paradise as Paisley likes to call him based on where he comes from. He's cocky, but he's good. So good that they believe they have a chance to win.

I loved all the re...more
Marianna
Paisley´s dream is not what her mother wants for her, she´s a talented drummer in a country rock band and she has to hide it. She wants to play, she wants to be in the band and she wants to win Texapalooza, she wants to do what she likes but her mother would never approve.
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
Nath
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Amanda
Jill Alexander completely blew me out of the water with Paradise. Was expecting your typical quick, fun summer read. Something I could read in a day, be satisfied with, and not dwell over for long. However, that is not something that happened. Yes, Paradise started out as a cute summer romance with the mysterious and insanely attractive newcomer and the girl with a secret dream, but then it changed into something more. Paradise centers around Paisley, a girl who secretly wants to be a musician....more
Samantha
Hmm...didn't like this one all that much. I was super excited about it when I first picked it up, because it took place in Texas and the girl played music. I was reading fervently at the start. About halfway through, I started slowing down. I hated how one of the characters had feelings that were never addressed. It made me mad and sad and I absolutely hated it. It should have been developed up on a bit more. Also the ending: Where did that come from? Wasn't necessary and wasn't even written ver...more
Diego Salvatore
Este es un libro que habla sobre Paisley y su fascinacion por tocar la bateria, ella es parte de la banda se su amigo Waylon y su gran sueño es tocar en el Texapalooza, pero antes que eso tienen que encontrar a un cantante, y empiezan a hacer audiciones, y asi conocen a Paradise - en realidad se llama Gabriela, y si ya se que es nombre de niña- bueno la historia va de que Paradise es un poco egocentrico, pero es un buen cantante y ademas toca el acordion y eso es innovador para la banda, asiq qu...more
Laura
This book caught my attention a lot quicker than I expected it to. I was engrossed from page one, and sped through the first half. I really enjoyed the way the characters were introduced and the glimpse into small-town Texas life. But, what I found interesting at first became almost unbearably frustrating about halfway through. The mother in the story is so unlikable and repetitive, I wondered how any of her family could even stand to be in the same room with her, let alone actually love her. Ma...more
Britta

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
Jen
This is a sweet, coming of age story about Paisley, a girl drummer in the Waylon Slider Band, an otherwise all boy southern rock band from Texas. All Paisley's ever wanted to do is to play the drums and get out of her small town. She and her band mates have one shot to make it at Texapalooza in Austin but there's just one problem...they don't have a lead singer. Well, that and Paisley can't let her mother know she's the band's drummer.

To say that Paisley's mom is a control freak is an understat...more
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An interest in novels came late for me in my rural East Texas hometown. With no public library and few books, save one full set of encyclopedias, I learned poetry from church hymnals and storytelling from eccentric relatives. Captivated by country music's story-songs coming across my grandfather's AM radio after the morning farm report, I began writing out the lyrics and creating my own as early a...more
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