Saturday, June 11, 2011
Review - Paradise by Jill S. Alexander
Author: Jill S. Alexander
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: Jul y 5, 2011
Source: I Read Banned Book Tours
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Summary via Goodreads:
Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.
Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.
Missy's take -
Paisley is the drummer in a band. Unfortunately it has to be kept secret because her mother would never approve. She thinks that by making it to Texapalooza and hopefully winning, she can prove to her mother that she is really good. The only problem is that their band lacks one very important thing, a lead singer. Enter Gabriela, or Paradise as Paisley likes to call him based on where he comes from. He's cocky, but he's good. So good that they believe they have a chance to win.
I loved all the relationships that the characters had in this book. The blossoming romance between Paisley and Paradise. The understanding that Paisley has with her sister, Lacey. The unspoken honesty she shares with her dad. He knows she is in a band, but he is letting her wait for the time she wants to tell her mother.
Paisley was so easy to relate to. Wanting to follow her dreams and being slightly afraid of consequences. What her mother would think or do. If it would ever get her out of her small town. She was slightly sarcastic and I loved her.
What I really didn't like was the ending. There were several chapters there at the end that I really did not think were necessary. As much as I loved the book this kind of spoiled it for me. It didn't fit with the rest of the story in my mind. Of course I can't give any details, because that would give things away, but I was totally bummed.
Overall it was a really great story. Unfortunately, due mostly to the ending, I have to give it a 3.5.