Contemporary Romance · Young Adult

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla ~ Review!


“Do you think love can be reduced to a science?” he asked seriously.

“No, I don’t.”

“Then let’s prove them wrong. Or right. However it turns out, it will be an adventure. So shall we

get started?



12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla

Published by: Limitless Publishing

Publication date: April 19th 2016

Genres: Romance, Young Adult


Twelve 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 i

s 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; 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 novel was extremely sweet. It reminded me a lot of After Midnight? Or was it Before Sunrise? I can’t remember which. The premise of these teens staying out all night while falling in love with each other was fun. The quirkiness of Dorothy and the nerdiness of Arash made everything seem bigger. And while yes they were falling in love I also believe that they were discovering themselves. I love books, especially young adult books that has the underbelly of self discovery. Dorothy learned more about herself during her time with Arash than I believe she would have otherwise.

All of the times Dorothy wanted to kiss him but didn’t left me feeling reminiscent of my teenage years. The thoughts going through your head at that moment in time. Kiss me. No don’t kiss me. Yes kiss me. Why didn’t I kiss him?

We existed, just the two of us on that tiny blip of land– volcanic residue, really. Out in the middle of the world’s largest body of water. Nothingness surrounding us. Nothingness above us. How had two people so different found each other on this night in this place?

There was one particular scene that really spoke to me. The scene in the elevator. If you read this book for anything let it be that scene. The power and the vulnerability in it is breathtaking.

Clean factor: Orbit Gum

I believe this is the first YA book that I have reviewed since starting this blog. I do read them often though. This book does mention suicide and has mentions of sex although I can only think of one scene and it wasn’t graphic at all. Just a passerby mention.



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