Paradise

Paradise

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by Joanna Nadin
     
 

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A move to a small seaside town gives Billie a chance at a new life and new love - until the undertow of the past pulls her toward a shocking secret. When sixteen-year-old Billie Paradise unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house, it couldn't come at a better time. With her stepdad abroad and her mom starting to lose it, moving from their cramped London apartment… See more details below

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A move to a small seaside town gives Billie a chance at a new life and new love - until the undertow of the past pulls her toward a shocking secret. When sixteen-year-old Billie Paradise unexpectedly inherits her grandmother's house, it couldn't come at a better time. With her stepdad abroad and her mom starting to lose it, moving from their cramped London apartment to an old house by the sea seems serendipitous. Maybe Billie, as she navigates the small-town social scene and falls for a certain intriguing older boy, can even find the father she never met. But her mom's remote childhood home, which she left in haste before Billie was born, harbors hints of suspicious long-ago deaths and family secrets. As Billie's story unfolds, flowing back and forth in time and through alternate points of view, it becomes clear that while people may die, the past lives forever.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—When 16-year-old Billie inherits the large seaside home that once belonged to her grandparents, her mom abandons their London flat and takes the teen and her little brother to Cornwall without a plan or money. Once there, Billie's mom's troubled past comes flooding back, overwhelming her. The teen must take responsibility for the household, managing what little money they have and getting a job. As she gets to know her new surroundings and meets a sweet guy named Danny, she starts to piece together her mom's dysfunctional history and the truth about her biological father, her uncle, and her grandparents. The complicated story of her family unfolds with twists and revelations that are both inspiring and sad. The off-season seaside town is appropriately bleak and unwelcoming, setting just the right tone for her emotional state, and learning to swim is the perfect metaphor to represent Billie's growth and awakening. Alternating perspectives add dramatic irony by letting readers in on secrets even before the protagonist has pieced them together. A quiet and emotional mystery, this thoughtful novel will suit smart and sensitive readers.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
Love was the last thing Billie Paradise expected to find. Billie is surprised when she inherits her grandmother's house, a veritable mansion in the small town of Seaton. Billie's family is shrouded in mystery; a father she never knew and grandparents that were never spoken of. Still, with her mother on the verge of losing it, the offer for a fresh start is irresistible. Billie has one wish for her move to Seaton—to find her father. What she finds instead is hushed up secrets and a boy named Danny. With Danny in the picture, her mind drifts further away from the truths her mother is hiding. The trouble with the past is, it can never stay buried and sooner or later it will always catch up to you. Told in three parts, across three generations of women, the novel progresses quickly and focuses on the interpersonal relationships within a dysfunctional family. Many readers will quickly recognize aspects of the characters within their own families. While the story is coherent, the writing is often jumpy and, occasionally, hard to follow. Ominous foreshadowing precedes the plot and provides large, glaring clues to the climax and conclusion. With a slightly gothic feel, this story will appeal to fans of darker, tragic stories. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763662028
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/09/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
293,098
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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