[Blog Tour] Even in Paradise's Chelsey Philpot and Top Ten Boarding School Books!

I've really been looking forward to this book and I'm so excited to be able to be a part of this blog tour and to share with you guys.

First, let's take get a look at the book and that gorgeous cover:


Title: Even in Paradise

Author: Chelsey Philpot

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: October 14th 2014
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.

You can purchase Even in Paradise here: 

Since EVEN IN PARADISE takes place in a boarding school, I thought I would ask Chelsey for her Top Ten Boarding School books. Buuuuut, she cheated a little. ;)

So here are Chelsey Philpot's Top Ten(ish) Boarding School Books: 

  1.  Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Many people think that Madeline is in an orphanage, but she’s actually at a boarding school. 
  2. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Certain images from this book have stayed with me for decades. 
  3. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld. Sittenfeld captures boarding school life so accurately in her coming of age story. 
  4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. A heartbreaking story about the depths we must fall into and heights we climb in order to become the people we want to be. 
  5. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. Danforth’s protagonist is so strong and confused and wonderful. 
  6. Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. Dahl’s autobiography of his boyhood is a fantastic hodgepodge of disgusting, humorous, and lovely moments.
  7. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. This beautiful middle grade novel infuses the ordinary world with wonder.  
  8. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. The mystery at the heart of Marchetta’s Printz-Award winning novel makes it unputdownable. 
  9. ”Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling. I feel this selection needs no explanation.
  10. Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. Hubbard gracefully depicts the loneliness and confusion of a boy torn between truth and self-preservation.

  11. And if I got to choose 15 books (I know that I’m not following the rules, but I must, must, must mention these titles), I would include:

  12. My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
  13. Winger by Andrew Smith
  14. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  15. The Tragedy Papers by Elizabeth LaBan
  16. Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian


Chelsey Philpot grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and now works as an editor and journalist. She's written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Slate, and numerous other publications. Like her main character, Charlotte, Chelsey attended boarding school in New England. You can visit her online at www.chelseyphilpot.com or on Twitter @ChelseyPhilpot.

Happy Reading!

post signature


  1. I've heard of this book a couple times! Def on my TBR :) And I didn't even know Looking for Alaska was situated at boarding school! :o

    1. Ooo. I'm glad! :D And yeah, it is. Haha. :D

  2. I absolutely loved this contemporary!! Lucky you for being on the tour hon ;)


Blogger Template designed by Andy Mae Studios