by: Carolyn Mackler
Date: December 29, 2009
Level: Young Adult
Paradise wasn't supposed to suck.
Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean.
Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.
It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting.
It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn't have to be a jerk just because people think he's one.
It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences.
And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise. . . .
From confused to confident and back again, one thing's certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.
First of all, I love, love, love the cover of this book. I admit it I am a cover snob. Not only was the cover great but, I really enjoyed reading this book that was very reliant on the great character development. They each have something emotional to work on and they all find that their connection to one another is how they will solve their problems. The book was broken into four distinct parts, each narrated by a different character. Although each of the characters were distinctly different I enjoyed Dakota's part the most. He seemed the most real yet untouchable character for the reader to connect to. The was something there that made you want to save him from himself.
If you like YA novels about real life and appreciate great character development check this out.