Even in Paradise
Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll 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, pala ...more
It's only in hindsight that we can point, as easily as finding a town on a map, to the moments that shaped us - the moments when choices between yeses and nos determined the people we became.
I have no illusions. Even knowing everything, I would have chosen the same.
This is very Gatsby-ish. I think this is also exactly what I wanted from Breakfast Served Anytime - a book that recently disappointed me. Because this book is all wistfulness and nostalgia. It's about growing up and changing, and ...more
The main character (I barely even remember her name) talks in a deadpan voice All. The. Time. Everything she says is choppy. Dry. And I guess this is supposed to be dramatic or make her appear wise...? I don't even know. She says things like "as if" way too often and uses almost as much similes as Cassandra Clare.
She also has a voice fetish, because she describes voices along the lines ...more
Listen to my Even in Paradise fanmix on 8tracks.
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
Charlotte Ryder is your average scholar student while Julia is the daughter of a former powerful senator, rich and privileged. Charlotte is everything Julia Buchanan is not. She never ever thought she would be friends with the untouchable Julia but all of a sudden Charlotte was drawn into the luxurious, lavish world filled with parties and Buchanan’s.
Even In Paradise offers an intricate and well-construct ...more
But as the story moves forward (quite slowly), it got a little bit boring and quite predictable.
I kept waiting for something really important to happen but apart from that supposedly shocking reveal ...more
I'll admit, I'm not much of a contemporary fan. I found this book on Edelweiss, and it sounded intriguing so I read it, and boy am I glad I did! This book was fantastic and opened my eyes to the potential that all books have if I'd simply give them a chance. Even in Paradise was stunning.
“Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and, yes, love can hide the darkest elements of the human hea ...more
If we’re reviewing this from a philosophical, serious point of view, this book is a lyrical, haunting homage (honestly, more of a retelling), to The Great Gatsby and Brideshed Revisited,unmasking the dark underbelly of b ...more
Hmm... Hm, Hm, hm, hm hm... I have so many mixed feelings about this one, I'm still trying to sort it out. Pretty much everything (characters, plot) I like one second but the next I was scrunching my nose at... So, I don't really, truly know how I feel about this one just yet. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all.
I won't do a summary cuz you can read it up there and I don't know what to leave out a ...more
Just know this, while I had a couple problems with this, this was a beautiful story about friendship, love, and life. So eloquent and wonderful. I highly highly recommend this if you enjoy coming of age stories with a touch of magic and beauty. I loved the great Buchanan family and Charlie is one of my favorite MCs in a long while! Also one of my favorite endings EVER.
The b ...more
The writing in this book is really smooth and coordinates really well with the story. Seamlessly Charlie, the MC, has woven her way into the Buchanan families heart. The Buchanan family loves Charlie ...more
Then comes Charlotte a.k.a. Charlie who befriends the troubled young Julia Buchanan. Charlie is sucked into the family circle where she feels as though she belongs. Soon enough the secrets of the family's past catch up with them and they are faced with another tragic loss.
Hmmmm... So this book was like The Great Gatsby but I am so sorry to say that I was a bit bored ...more
I have read a ton of good books. That said, there have been very few ones that have really captured my full undivided attention to the point where I can genuinely say: "I have fallen in love with this book". Now, I know it might seem like I'm over doing it here, but I honestly don't think there's a better way for me to express how much I loved this book.
Even In Paradise drew me in from the very beginning. I had only read a couple chapters ...more
The romance in this book, between Charlie and Julia's brother Sebastian, was done really well. It wasn't overbearing and was more of a side plot that was balanced really well with the rest of the story.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the incorporation of French. I love other langua ...more
When Charlotte takes care of a drunk Jul ...more
Beautifully wistful, full of soaring hope, and bittersweet love this book will grip your heart in the palm of its hand and never let it go. It's emotionally compelling in every way and you will find yourself wrapped up in the greatest love story of all, even if it's only for a fleeting moment. Wonderfully human and full of flaws, Even In Paradise, will show you what it's like when you find out that you're only human after all and that sometimes life can be unnaturally cruel. I loved falling in l...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Charlotte becomes friends with Julia Buchanan whilst at her all girls boarding school. Charlotte begins to enjoy the high life with Julia and her family, but Julia is messed up, and Charlotte doesn’t really understand why.
What is wrong with Julia? And what really happened to Julia’s sister Gus?
This was an okay story, but it didn’t get interesting until t ...more
I should have loved Even In Paradise—but sadly, I didn’t. No one is more disappointed than I am, seeing as I loved the premise as soon as I read it, and I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I found it on Goodreads.
However, despite the fact that this book is beautifully written, I found my thoughts drifting away while I was reading, and having trouble sympathizing with the main character enough to care about what happens next.
My biggest regret is that I have to g ...more
Twice - Little Dragon
Maps - Maroon 5
Wonderland - Taylor Swift
New Romantics - Taylor Swift
I Wanna Know You - Hannah Montana and David Archuleta (yes, I still listen to her)
The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
*excuse me while I go through book withdrawal*
I call this review : The time choosing a book by its cover was a fail.
So its the age old story of 'normal' girl being taking under the wing of an older/ richer compatriot. Charlotte has had a normal enough upbringing, sans divorced parents, and ends up at St. Anne's boarding school. She starts as a good student, close circle of friends she's made, then one night circumstances put her in the path of the elusive Julia Buchanan and the story of the Great Buchanan's begins.
Charlotte ( ...more
After Charlotte helps ...more
I'm not quite sure what the obsession with the Buchanans is. They are a messed-up family, each member with his own twisted problem, and come with strings attached. With being associated with the Buchan ...more
From the first page we have a teenage girl who's shit faced drunk and puking her guts. Then the next morning she's drinking again.
Based on what I saw, I expect this book to be filled with underage drinking, partying, drama, and mean girls. That might sound like the perfect read to someone else, but it's not something I'm interested in.
I loved the strong friendship theme and the realistic portrayal of two people headed in two completely different paths.
I have seen others relate this to The Great Gatsby and I can see that I really can. The strange fascinating life of the Buchanan's and their draw on others around them. That certain charisma that they ...more
Such a life won't be perfect. It'll be something better.
It'll be my own paradise.”