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Road To Paradise

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,608 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Meet Shelby and Gina. Eighteen years old, fresh out of high school, and once best friends. When Shelby gets a bright yellow Mustang for a graduation gift, she decides to drive across America to find her missing mother, who walked out years before. Gina invites herself along for the ride, in a hurry to get to California to stop her wayward boyfriend from marrying someone el ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 5th 2007 by HarperCollins
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Bree T
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Ursula Colmer
Jan 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well. Where to begin? I have just finished this book after struggling through it for what felt like years. I must admit, I had to skim read the final quarter as it was just SO. BORING. I absolutely LOVE the Bronze Horseman trilogy, but since those have found a lot of her books largely self-indulgent and rambling. This was no exception. If the irritating main characters aren't enough to put you off, the pages and pages of religious preaching should be. The plot is almost non-existent, and what li ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I loved the TBH Trilogy and I enjoyed Red Leaves.

But this book is not worth your time. I’d give it a lower rating if zero was an option.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Tough book to process:

Road to Paradise is nothing like The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by this author- LOVED those books- and can't really be compared to her other books either. The book is all about dialogue- both internal and external.

Road To Paradise centers around Shelby Sloane- a young woman unsure of who she is and unsure of who she Shall Be. So she decides to take a road trip across the states in her mint condition canary yellow mustang, given to her by the woman who raised her. The same woma
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of Paullina Simons but this is definitely my least favourite of her books thus far. The plot is interesting enough, the characters aren't that bad, but although I can't quite put my finger on what it lacks, it was an effort to finish this book. I actually skipped to the end to see what happened, which is not something I ever do. I found the dialogue pertaining to Christianity incredibly tedious, and despite trucking through it, I still had to agree with the character of Gina when she ...more
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I listened to the audio, so I'm expecting to love the paperback so much more. Can't wait for that reading experience.***

What can I say about this book without spoiling? Very little. I thought it was going to be a light, fun road trip story. Thelma & Louise straight out of high school is more like it, because it wasn't as superficial as I'd expected. All of the sudden I'm reading with a new understanding on life and I've fallen in love with (to my knowledge) Paullina's most damaged character y
DJ Sakata
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
Favorite Quotes:

If people ask, I say I'm a Christian because Christianity is the one religion where you don't have to do anything to still be a member. I like that, and since I don't want to say I'm nothing, I call myself a Christian.

Aunty Betty was waiting for us out on the dirt driveway. She was tall and thin, with watchful, perpetually moist brown platters for eyes. Her mouth was slightly ajar, as if she was about to say something, yet didn't.

'Sloane,' Gina said to me quietly, 'honestly, don
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelby never knew her mother or her father. The latter she knows is dead but the former ran off not long after Shelby was born, sending just a postcard as a clue to her whereabouts.

Now, newly graduated and with drivers license and new car in hand, Shelby is off to see if she can find her missing mother. With careful planning, she thinks she can get to Mendocino and back in just under two weeks. But her plan is immediately off to a rocky start when an ex best friend decides to tag along. And whe
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this book in India when I found it on a random bookshelf, and it drew me in because the only Paullina Simons books I have read are the ones following The Bronze Horseman (which I loved) - so I gave it a go. There were many aspects I found interesting about the book, maybe Paullina herself more so.. The fact that she actually traveled around America herself to write this shows for sure - you can see that she did more than go on Google Images and imagine what a place was like - you could te ...more
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have loved all her books I have read, I don't even care what it's about, I know it is going to be good.

While this wasn't the best book I'd read from Paullina Simons, I still enjoyed it. I am still trying to analyze why I liked it as much as I did. I think in many ways I identified with the main character - how she got swept up in the situation, was probably not like I would be, but I admired her compassion. I had read some reviews on this book while I was still reading it, and then I slowed do
Lori Connor
I just don't know what to say about this book....... I have been thinking about it for several days. The subject matter is what I think disturbs me the most; young woman making really bad mistakes. Much of the book is dialog between the young woman and a lot of it didn't ring true for me. I'm still undecided as to wether this was a 2 star book or a 4 star book.
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the Paradise of serendipity Paulina. The road is long and winding and hard but in the end beneficial to our lives. ☜(˚▽˚)☞

Enter: The road to Paradise.

“I wish she could teach me how to keep body and mind so calm, when ahead and behind was so much imponderable noise, when all three of us waded through a loud mire of delusional shadows.”

Loved loved loved this book.
(*≧▽≦) (*≧▽≦) (*≧▽≦)

This book follows the story of three girls, all varying so differently in personality from one anoth
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Well this took me a long time to read and for a Paullina Simons book that it unusual.
To be honest at times it became a bit dull, the middle chunk of the story dragged a little.
But as ever she pulled it right around at the end and it's left me thinking about it for days since it finished.
Overall I still adore her writing, it's just she's set the bar so high with her other books.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I was hoping for something like The Bronze Horseman but didn't get it. Still worth the read
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
It hurts me so much to give this 2 stars because Road to Paradise started out so perfectly. I was swooning pretty much all the first half; that's how awesome it was. Two girls headed on a road trip before college starts after the summer. What could be better than that? I immediately connected to the characters and I simply added the simple storyline. The writing was just as beautiful as in Paullina Simon's other books. Those who read my review knows by now that she's my favourite author in the w ...more
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I don't read these kind of books very often any more, but this was a pretty slow read. The content scared me almost as much as "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" did (it was less graphic though..). Mostly, I just found it hard to empathise with the characters, so though the circumstances were sad, I continuously found myself annoyed with Gina, and then Shelby for making the decisions they did. The characters didn't really develop well, if at all. However I did manage to finish it, just because I ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book is definately disappointing. The whole time I spent reading it expecting something to happen and invariably nothing did. I struggled through to the end and wondered how somebody who had wrote The Bronze Horseman could have come up with this.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book is driving me's so boring but I can't not finish it...then my next thought is life is too short to read bad books...
ok I've finished it. very tragic I think but not tragic enough to warrant anyone reading it. def don't recommend
Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
Really disappointed. Didn't relate to the characters. I gave this book away once read!
Tonia Elson
Jul 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book just dragged on, too much religious rubbish, and nothing interesting really happens - pointless.
One thing this author does really well, is female protagonists looking to escape their lives. I really enjoyed this story, it's sense of adventure, and the depth that is always in P.S.'s characters.
Riki-lee Unsworth
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book but it is very slow to start I find it odd how many one star reviews it got but I would highly recommend it
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelby Sloane has received the best present a graduating high school senior in 1981 could receive – a 1966 yellow Shelby Mustang. She has lived a sad life wondering what had happened to her mother after she was abandoned as a child. She decides to take the yellow Mustang on a road trip west after graduation to California to try to find her Mom. Her ex-best friend Gina finds out about the road trip and asks to tag along to meet her boyfriend in California. Shelby has everything meticulously plann ...more
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Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read a book with three teens bickering on a road trip for over 300 pages this is for you.

The protagonist made some of the worst decisions I've ever seen, she is summed up in the beginning of the book by her aunt as preposterous and ungrateful

But there is one character worst then Shelby and that's Gina, if you look up user in the dictionary there should be a picture of her.

As for Candy I feel like she was the plot device of the whole book and had every bad thing imaginable thrown
Peter Mitchell
Apr 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
At the end of the prologue (10 pages) I debated whether I would read this book or not. This is not a decision I make lightly. I decided to read on. I wish I hadn't. After 200 pages of irritating, boring and repetitive dialogue I actually found the pseudo theological sproutings from the supposedly uneducated stray to be the more interesting part of the book. I suppose a writer could make something of two young women seemingly ill equipped to make any good decisions interesting, but Paullina Simon ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the first paullina Simons book I had ever read it was really awesome because it definitely didn't give me what I was expecting every time I expected something certain to happen it would go the up opposite way but it was a really great book so much happened and there was so much thought put into this book was great for 17 year old me to read
Una Clarke
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a different kind of book for me to read, it was about 2 18 year olds who went travelling round America each having their own reason for going... The way it ended was abit sad but, i can understand why the auther would chose the ending she did,

It was very thoughtfully wrote.

I got this book from a woman in Weston from Gumtree
Lisa Jones
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
While I love most of Simons' books, I gave up on this one about a third of the way through. I'm sure it improved, but I just couldn't keep reading about a supposedly intelligent young woman who kept on making stupid mistakes. Just not my cup of tea.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per usual, Paullina creates characters that are flawed and believable. She captures the mind of a teenage girl so well. I had absolutely no idea how this story would end, It kept me interested all the way through. Bravo Paullina!
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Paullina Simons was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1963. At the age of ten her family immigrated to the United States. Growing up in Russia Paullina dreamt of someday becoming a writer. Her dream was put on hold as she learned English and overcame the shock of a new culture.

After graduating from university and after various jobs including working as a financial journalist and as a translator Paullin

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