Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

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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.

My thoughts:  I confess, the cover photo drew me in.  I was thinking that this was just another teen novel about a scholarship girl trying to fit into the posh crowd at an exclusive prep school, and although it is, I really enjoyed the characters in this novel.  Charlotte Ryder is an art student that attends the exclusive St. Anne's school on scholarship.  One night, when she awakens to hear "it" girl Julia Buchanan tossing her cookies outside her dorm room window, Charlotte decides to help her out when her friends abandon her.  The family "tragedy" is not too difficult to figure out, and I would not classify this as a mystery - it is more a romantic, coming of age novel, that focuses on the frail nature of friendships.   A solid debut about a Kennedy-like family, and the girl that penetrates their "inner circle". 

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