Twelve Hours in Paradise, Kathryn Berla – Book Review




29902036Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love… It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit-attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever. Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still… Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence. With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out-Dorothy, by her parents, and Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call-he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences? When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?



This story is just so… *sighs* An amazing feel – good romance for those of you looking for a light hearted read with the swoons. This book has the capability of lifting your mood infinitesimally and bringing a huge smile to your face. It’s smart and cute and adorable and beautiful and breathtaking. All at once.

But one day not too long ago, from the time the sun set to when it rose again, my entire life was contained within twelve precious hours.
Reflected back at me through a boy’s eyes.
Sampled by his lips.
Held tightly in his arms.

See, swoons? It is beautiful. The way the emotions of these two teens have been described is beautiful and heartwarming. You want them to be happy. You want them to be together. This book makes you route for them from the very beginning.

“I’ve met this girl, you see. A young lady. And she’s everything I’ve ever dreamed…what I’m trying to say is that she has all the qualifications for a fellow adventurer and I’m currently on an adventure with her. It’s too late to turn back now.”

The story begins with Dorothy meeting Arash at a hotel. They get talking when Arash returns Dorothy stuff that she left behind at one of the counters. They exchange numbers and then later in the night, Arash calls Dorothy to accompany him on an adventure to which she readily agrees. They decide that their adventure will be answering thirty six questions to each other which when answered in the presence of the other is guaranteed to make you fall in love with them. What happens that night changes their life for forever.

“I would be calm, naturally. Peaceful. Or maybe not, I take that back. On the contrary, my senses would be fully engaged and heightened to their maximum potential. I’d see everything and hear everything all around me, no matter where I was. I’d recognize it as the art and music of life. I’d taste the sweetness of a piece of fruit as if for the first time. A soft breeze would caress me and ruffle my hair like someone’s fingers massaging my scalp.”

These questions make them look into themselves. Make them think about what they want in life and what they’re doing to achieve it. These answers uncover their dreams and their desires and their fears. Of course, with the unearthing of the person they really are, it becomes sort of impossible to not fall in love.

“If we were characters in a book, or a movie or TV show, everything would work out perfectly and we’d live happily ever after.”

Throughout the story, these characters make you laugh, cry and just be happy about everything in your lives. They make you feel content and happy and lighthearted. They make you want to seize the day, to make your life what you want it to be. They make you believe that this is all you have and this is the life that you need to use to do everything you’ve ever dreamt off, because when are you going to do that?

“I want to live my life like there’s no hereafter. I can’t imagine anything as beautiful as what we have here, even with all the pain that comes with it. Look around you. This is already heaven. This is paradise.”

It is such a beautiful story. It really, really made me feel something. These two people are just teenagers, but their outlook on life and the way they think things makes you question your thoughts. It compels you to be the best version of you, to think things through before you make a decision.

“Like what it means to live entirely within a night like this. Take a chance. Be alive in the fullest sense of the word.”

What I love most about this book how it comes to a full circle. the way it ends is exactly the way it began, and yet the story has happened. It changed the lives of the characters.

This is an amazing story that I would recommend to anyone who wants to fall in love with falling in love. This is your perfect story come alive. Go, read!






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