Paradise Found is the end of the journey for Amelia. She’s endured a lot in her 16 ½ years that amounts to more than anything an adolescent should experience. Whereas the previous story centers on Amelia’s escape from her father, now Amelia is finally free. She has her family, her crush Gabrielle, and new beginnings with the civilization of Esoterica. Life should be looking up, but Amelia finds herself more confused.
Even though Amelia is free to do what she wants, she’s still a teenager, who’s trying to find herself. In this installment, Amelia’s feelings for Gabrielle flourish, but she’s unsure if her crush feels the same. Not to mention, the rest of the bunch at the apple farm at Esoterica isn’t what Amelia expected. Esoterica is supposed to be paradise, but it appears the place has some trouble. Amelia can’t handle it. Even though she is a teen, she does what anyone might do – run from her problems.
By this time, the story takes a slight turn as Amelia takes a road trip with some old friends to figure out what she wants in life. By the time the road trip is over, Amelia must decide.
Between chapters are interesting facts that relate to the changes happening in the novel. Sometimes these passages are long, but they can be informative. Some of the secondary characters’ physical descriptions and dialect are a bit bias, but because these characters are so minor their depictions can be overlooked.
This last book focuses more on sexuality, freedom, and new civilization. I think it’s a good conclusion to the series, but it did leave me wanting a little more.
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Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.