Book: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Published Date: October 14th 2014
Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library || Hardcover
Summary (from Goodreads): When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do… or think they do. 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, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian. But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now
For a quick summary of what I think and if I recommend this book, check out the Final Thoughts section!
The Way the Book Talks About Friendship
Friendship is something that is always changing. One day you may have a great relationship, and another not so much. I thought that the relationship with Julia and Charlie was so accurate for what friendship is like at seventeen years old. I loved both girls as characters they were fun, but troubled in a way that made their friendship very dynamic. I thought that the author did a really amazing job showing how fragile friendship can be with the way that Sebastian had an effect both Charlie and Julia in regards to their development as young ladies. Their relationship was fun, exiting, secretive, so much of it seemed almost ideal.
SWOONS. Sebastian was such a great character and addition to the story. He is smart, sweet, and super dedicated to his family. I found that he brought out some really amazing characteristics in his entire family and Charlie. He is obviously very thoughtful and emotional, which was shown greatly through his interactions and character development. Julia and Charlie attended an all girls school, and throughout the book never interact with any boys besides Sebastian and his friend, so obviously he plays an important role.
It Was So Deep
Honestly, I was not expecting how emotional Even In Paradise was. The writing was so beautiful and lyrical. The points that the book touched upon were real issues and feelings that teenagers and siblings face. I was afraid that this book was going to be very similar to We Were Liars, which I really disliked, but it wasn’t at all. I thought that the way that Buchanan’s interacted with one another was so awesome and realistic. I was assuming that they were going to be stuck up, not compassionate, but they were the complete opposite. They were loving, caring, fun, I enjoyed everything about them.
It Didn’t Live Up To Expectations
I really really enjoyed this book. The only reason it isn’t getting 5 stars is because it did really live up to all of the expected of it. I wanted it to be more controversial and more tense. I still really enjoyed this book though!
Friendship is the key
The Buchanan’s are so sweet
Very deep and fun
- I recommend this book
- This is a really good read for people that wanted that romantic writing that came with We Were Liars, but may not particularly have enjoyed that book.
- The cover is so awesome
What did you think of Even In Paradise? Did it live up to your expectations or was it overhyped? What did you think of the writing style? I really liked it!