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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 lifand new love — until the underof 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


A move to a small seaside town gives Billie a chance at a new lifand new love — until the underof 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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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
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

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Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.93(d)
HL560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Joanna Nadin is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the YA novel Wonderland. She lives in England.

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Paradise 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be a mysterious creepy book, but its sooo dull. Sure there was something kind of surprising at the end but nothing to redeem the book, I had to force myself to read at times, I did like the different point of views though. But other than that I was falling asleep it was so boring all I got out of this book was a craving for fish and chips.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Joanna Nadin Published By: Walker & Company Age Recommended: YA Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 4 Review: "Paradise" by Joanna Nadin was a good contemporary fiction read. This author gave us a well written read that full of mystery, family secrets and even some romance in this well captivating read that moves from present to past. This novel was written very cleverly. You will only have to pick up this read to see what I am speaking of. Billie Paradise, a sixteen year old from London had inherited a house in Cornwall from her grandmother Eleanor...Now maybe Billie can get some question answered she had long wondered of ... namely just who was her father", why did her mother leave her hometown, why did her mother's brother...Will die?, and just why the grandparents that were never spoken of? You will find that "Paradise" will take you on a wide up and down ride that will give you various points of views from Billie, her mother, grandmother Eleanor and also the cast characters from Alexander, Jonty, Tom and others in this good story. As Billie falls, in love...will her love be tested when the truth about her family starts to come out? This is where I say you must you must pick up "Paradise" to see all the what, where, why and how to this well written read. Yes, this may have been a little predictable with this dysfunctional family but it still was a good read that I enjoyed reading. Be ready for family secrets and lies that will all come out in the end. If you are in for a good quick and easy read you have come to the right place for "Paradise" will give you that and so much more. Be ready for the big bang in the end only to give you the real truths about this family and yes, I would recommend "Paradise" to you as a good read for the YA.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Paradise is a beautiful story that will leave readers speechless. Joanna Nadin's novel of sweet romance, family secrets, and mystery is captivating and surprising enough that you won't see the plot twist too soon. Billie Paradise believes her family's move to a small town by the sea is just the change of scenery they all need. She hopes to find a missing piece of herself in her mother's hometown and maybe clues from the past to paint the picture of the grandparents she's never met. When Billie begins living in the house her grandmother left for her it seems that she's found at least some of what she'd been looking for. That is, until she meets Danny. With Danny, Billie can pretend that her mother isn't finally losing the battle with her past or that she'll never discover the truth about her father. Nadin's transitions from present to past, the past taking on the points of view of different characters, is brilliant and boosts the novel's element of mystery. Knowing some of the truth of what happened in the past before Billie doesn't actually ruin the story and because in other novels it's usually a turn off, I must commend Nadin's ability to write Paradise so cleverly. Although I enjoyed Paradise for its mystery, connecting to Billie on an emotional level wasn't completely possible for me. Yes, the reader is in her head with all her feelings and contemplations, but I wanted a little more outward reaction, more dialogue with other characters that drags out her reactions a bit. I appreciate that Nadin doesn't exaggerate the plot twist, but the ending could have been more than a brief 'where we are now' spiel to summarize the aftermath of the events in the story. Paradise is not a novel to disregard. If you're even a teensy bit curious, pick it up because Nadin will surpass expectations and leave you reeling from the shocking mystery! *Review copy provided by publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*