Paradise review by Booklover1111
by Joanna Nadin
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Fiction

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Age at time of review - 14
Reviewer's Location - Orange City, IA, United States
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Billie Paradise, her mom, and her brother move out to a strange house in a town full of secrets. While Billie explores the town, she meets a boy and falls in love with him. Many new people and many new mysteries unfold as Billie looks more closely at this unusual town. Billie’s mother has many secrets of her own, including the identity of Billie’s dad. Family secrets unravel and murders are solved. Even the cute new boy has something to do with the town’s many unknowns.


When I picked this book to read, I thought it would be a romance or realistic fiction story, but it was definitely a mystery. I did enjoy how it still had some romance in it. The book starts off right away with different perspectives like ‘Het’ and ‘Eleanor.’ Before you get to know who these characters are, it is a little weird to read their perspectives. You don’t know how they fit into the story, so it's difficult to pay attention to them. Once I did know who they were, I really liked reading them.

The book was a little slow until the second half. I wish it picked up the pace sooner, but I am so glad I kept reading because the ending was very dramatic. It was a total surprise. Usually I have a pretty good idea of what is going to happen, but not this time. The author made me think one thing and then completely changed what happened. How the romance part of the book ended was also unexpected. At first I didn’t know if I liked the ending, but now I don’t think I would have changed it. Overall, this was a good book.

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