Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (Review)

20601687Summary: 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.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Cover: What drew me to this novel was the cover and title since it has a mysterious aspect to it that made me curious to read the story.

My thoughts: The moment I began reading this book, I became entranced in the world the author built. The story follows a girl named Charlotte who attends an all-girls boarding school where she meets the illustrious Julia Buchanan. Julia Buchanan lives this brilliant life that Charlotte can’t help but want to immerse herself in from the moment she gets a glimpse of it. Soon enough Charlotte, or “Charlie”, is inseparable from Julia who invites her into her world filled with loving family members, midnight parties, and endless amounts of champagne. Charlie even begins to fall for Julia’s brother, but eventually learns that the Buchanan’s lives aren’t as picture-perfect as she thought they were.  The book shows true friendships, romance, and tragedy in a way that leaves the reader thinking about this book long after it is finished.  More