I ended up enjoying Welcome to Paradise. The first chapter or so was a bit slow with character introductions. I found it hard to read through and had to keep putting it down. I was glad for the turn around. Not only do the first two chapters have a bit of introductions but it is very descriptive of the setting.
Had the author's blurb not said the main characters name I would have never known it. I did not see it mentioned once in any of the chapters. There was a nice flow of conflict for each character. All in all this was a decent read.
Being a teenager isn't all it's cracked up to be for Sugar. When she has surgery to fix the scar on her face it opens doors she never knew where closed. After quitting school she moves to New York to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
This is truly a book of tragedy and love.
Growing up on an island paradise isn’t as easy as one might think. Sugar is infatuated with the boy next door, worried she won't make the cheerleading squad, and even more worried that she will. She is paranoid that because of the horrendous scar on her face, no one really expects her to succeed at anything. Her sister is smart, her mother is a legendary model, and her father is a famous artist. Her family’s success sets a high bar for her to live up to.
Everything changes for Sugar when a plastic surgeon removes her scar. The surgery makes her beautiful, but she makes the shocking discovery that being beautiful can be awful. When she finally discovers who she is, and what she wants from life, it nearly destroys her tightly knit family. She must confront abuse, an elopement, loss, and a secret her father has kept from her all her life. Sugar is struggling to pull everything together and find her own version of 'Happily Ever After'.
14+ for sexuality, language, and adult situations