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Magan: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: boarding school, Nantucket, family death, unlikely friendship Format Read: ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: When Julia and Charlotte meet, they become instant friends, always by each other’s side. Though they’re opposites in most every way, Julia […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Even in Paradise. Charlotte’s dad remarried and she has two stepbrothers. For many reasons, Julia’s family is attractive to Charlotte. She loves their closeness and how protective they are of one another. Charlotte comes to love and appreciate her own family more as the illusion of perfectionism fades for Julia’s family. I really felt like this was a solid example of envying what we don’t have. […]

October 29, 2014 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Un-boxing Friendship - […] hello! It’s been a while since I wrote something just to write. I read a book, Even in Paradise, several weeks ago and there’s a quote that’s been running through my mind. I’ve […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Alexa S. - Even in Paradise is pretty magical, if you ask me. There’s something about the story that just draws you in immediately, and the characters – all of them – draw you in close too. I really liked it!

October 6, 2014 - 8:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I thought this one read a little too familiarly but I enjoyed it all the same. I really liked the Buchanans and was drawn to the mystery of Gus’s death that was weaved into the storyline. Lovely review!

September 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Your New Favorite Hobby in Three Simple Steps | Books & Prejudice - […] put my shopping habits to good use and buy books I heard about from a book review website (my next purchase). As a result, my bookshelf is now lined with classic novels and bestsellers. I am slowly reading […]

September 24, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Magan - Oh, that’s awesome, Elena! Thanks for that tidbit of info. 🙂 a) I hope you read this soon. b) I hope you love it. c) especially the ending. I’m not saying a word til you read it. tee-hee!

September 24, 2014 - 2:24 pm

elena - it’s actually a retelling of brideshead revisited sooo i’m kind of curious how it ends, haha. your review is lovely and made me more keen to pick up the book.

September 24, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Hi Brianna! So I haven’t read The Great Gatsby, but it’s mentioned in Even in Paradise by Charlotte. I have read Looking for Alaska. You know how there’s this pivotal moment in that book that sort of changes the tone? I felt so shocked by it when I read it, but in Even in Paradise, when things came about, I didn’t really feel shocked. It made sense. In many ways, I enjoyed EiP more than LfA. There’s that same addictive friendship and this feeling of being swept away by someone you’re so enamored with, but I’d say that’s where the similarities end. Even in Paradise felt much more comprehensive. Hope that helps! 🙂

September 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Brianna - The description on Amazon compares it to The Great Gatsby and Looking for Alaska. Would you say that’s true? Either way, I love boarding school books, so this one definitely went on the list.

Estelle: The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 25, 2014 Publisher:  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill Pages: 316 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family, summer, secrets, new friends, romance, best friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Four years after the death of her little […]

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May 12, 2014 - 7:26 pm

alice-jane - The Summer of Letting Go sounds like such a wonderful read for the summer and my kind of book– contemporary and honest. I can’t wait to find a copy at the library and savor it! I love how you mentioned the friendship between Frankie and Lizette, since it’s rare to have such a strong friendship.

May 3, 2014 - 2:01 am

Alexa S. - Ah! I know you recommended this one to me already, but your review has convinced me I MUST read it. It sounds like just the type of contemporary I like – real, gritty and painfully honest. I can’t wait to snag a copy – from the library, when it’s available!

April 30, 2014 - 10:12 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhhh another buy it recommendation!?! Ahh, may have to add this to my list. It’s SO hard picking up serious and heavier contemps lately (you know, ones with heavy issues) just because I’ve been reading so many heavy fantasy books that when I’m coming around to contemporaries, it’s for something nice and light and fun. But a buy it rec!? Hmmm, I must add this to my shelves. *heads to GR* expect an email soon notifying you I’ve added it.

April 27, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Okay, so I’m laughing because I came down here to comment and say almost exactly what Maggie said. 1) I wasn’t that interested in this one until your review, so that’s a success. 2) I also feel like two Frankies would annoy the crap out of me, but I trust there’s a reason for it. Maaaaaybe? I hope so. Haha!

April 26, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You know I didn’t have much interest in reading this after seeing her at the NYCTAF, but your love of it is kind of changing my mind. I feel like two characters named Frankie might drive me crazy, but it sounds like it might be worth reading regardless 🙂