February 28, 2015

Review: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot 
Release Date: October 14, 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, YA 
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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

I really enjoyed this book. I assumed it would be a contemporary on the lighter side, but I was very wrong. What drew me in at first was the cover, it gave off a summery feel. 

Even in Paradise gave off a bit of a Great Gatsby vibe, and also reminded me a tad bit of We Were Liars. Loving both of those things definitely helped me enjoy this too. I felt myself falling in love with the Buchanan's right along with Charlie. 

The romance in this book, between Charlie and Julia's brother Sebastian, was done really well. It wasn't overbearing. It 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 languages, especially French and Latin, as they really intrigue me, so having them in this book was really interesting to read.

Finally, there were some amazing lines that I wanted to have printed out and hung up all over my walls. Here are some: 

“Even knowing, as I do now, that grace, power, and, yes, love can hide the darkest elements of the human heart, I would do it all again.” 

“This is not something anyone can teach you. Heartbreak you must learn on your own.” 

“Before that night, I didn't grasp that the shadows that sometimes crossed her face weren't momentary clouds passing in front of the sun. Her deep silences were more than daydreams. And her habit of standing with her arms wrapped around her ribs was a way of holding herself together.

I didn't get there must be balance.
She couldn't hold so much life, light and joy without also containing their opposites.” 

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