Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot | Book Review #22

*****This novel contains a Car Accident that results in death.*****

‘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 they 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 suffereing from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden… until now.’

This book. This book is so complicated. There is so much emotional baggage that I couldn’t help but been drawn to it. Even In Paradise has so much grief, its crazy. And sooner than later, I found myself nearing the end of the book. It was so easy to get caught up in everything this book had to offer.

The writing in this book is really smooth and coordinates really well with the story. Seamlessly Charlie; the main character, has woven her way into the Buchanan families heart. The Buchanan family loves Charlie, and Charlie loves them right back. She really does.

Charlie is an unique character. Quiet and shy, she only has a few close friends. With Charlie being so quiet all the time, she observes a lot of people. Charlie’s also wicked smart and wise upon her young years.

The main character is Charlie, but the main story itself is about Julia Buchanan, and how Charlie fits in with the Buchanan’s. The Buchanan family is a close knit group and has had a tragedy strike them. The Buchanan’s seem lost and emotionally distant. And when Charlie comes along, she (Charlie) really distracts them all from their pain.

Even in Paradise blew me away with its soulful writing, the emotionally charged characters. In the end though, its Charlie who brings them a sense of home. Charlie somehow worked wonders on that family.

Even in Paradise really reminds me of We Were Liars though, to be honest.

You can find Even in Paradise on GoodReads.

Thanks for reading. Until next time,
Adele.

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