Even in Paradise

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In Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot, a pretty much ordinary girl (fine, with a bit of prettiness and above-average artistic skill) becomes best friends with a rich girl and falls in love with her older brother. Yes, this is one of those books. I admit that the book does attempt to bring some originality: Charlotte, the “ordinary” girl, acknowledges her sense of smallness next to the fabulously wealthy Buchanans and her fear that she will always be a step below them, never equal. However, despite this, Charlotte still comes off as a weak character who relinquishes control over her own life to the Buchanans. In the beginning, she goes along with Julia Buchanan’s ridiculous plans without a fuss. The only conflict Charlotte experiences is when she debates over which Buchanan she owes her upmost loyalty to: Julia, her brother Sebastian, or their parents. In comparison, we know little of Charlotte’s own family history. Although Charlotte is the narrator, in my view, she is not the protagonist. It’s a shame that her own voice does not rise above Julia’s and Sebastian’s because it would have added much more depth to the story.

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Author Chelsey Philpot
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher HarperCollins
Publish Date 14-Oct-2014
ISBN 9780062293695
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Issue December 2014
Category Young Adult


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