This Side of Paradise

When his father relocates the family to Paradise to work for the mysterious Eden Corporation, Jack Barrett uncovers a sinister plot that threatens everyone he loves.

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By Payton (Dublin, OH) · ★★★★★ · September 17, 2012
This book is about a teenage boys father, who was always a perfectionist. He moves the whole family to a new neighborhood called paradise. First the mother goes away and comes back is someone the father claims is their mother but really is not. Then they are trying to get out of paradise but ever... ...more
By Christina (Colorado Springs, CO) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 16, 2013
After reading Mergers by Layne, I was not looking forward to reading this book; however, it is a much better read. It loses points for originality in that it is a Stepford Wives rip off. But it gains points because I love The Stepford Wives and think it is a great idea to write it for children. O... ...more
By Brian · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 19, 2012
How many questions does this book raise? Here are some:

1. Why do books for young adults always have an unusually high number of photographs on the cover? I am quite serious when I say this--I have seen more fiction books of this kind with full facial photographs on the front than I have seen fict... ...more
By Jennifer (Bloomington, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · November 15, 2012
Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

Jack's father has always been a perfectionist, but lately, his need to control every aspect of the family's life has stepped up a notch. Mr. Barrett, Jack's dad, has been offered a wonderful opportunity with the company he works for, the Eden Corporatio... ...more
By Karin (Huntsville, TX) · ★★★★☆ · January 06, 2008
Jack's father has always been a perfectionist, but lately, his need to control every aspect of the family's life has stepped up a notch. Mr. Barrett, Jack's dad, has been offered a wonderful opportunity with the company he works for, the Eden Corporation. Eden owns a gated village in Paradise, a... ...more
By Ryan.titzer (Evansville, IN) · February 14, 2013
This Side of Paradise is a book that for me,did not start out good but had a very good end to it.The main character is a kid named Jack and in the book does som really risky stuff like get shocked by the electric fence to go home and find some answers to what has been happening through the corse... ...more
By Haley (Evansville, IN) · ★★★☆☆ · February 14, 2013
As Jack and his brother Troy move to a new village called Paradise, they think everything is fine. They're just a normal family with their father working for the man who runs this village. Everything is good and Jack meets this girl he likes and they instantly fall in love. Jack soon realizes eve... ...more
By Carol (Norwich, VT) · ★★★★☆ · June 03, 2012
Jack Barrett has noticed a difference in his father since he took a job with a new company. Suddenly he seem more demanding and much more critical of everyone around him. When he forces them to move to a new town owned by the boss of his company things get really bizarre, and Jack's father and hi... ...more
By Michelle (The United States) · ★★★★★ · April 06, 2014
Though I will not refute some of the negative reviews given about this book, and actually agree on many points, I will say that this book is perfect for a read-a-loud for my struggling eighth grade students. Testimonies from former students keep this as a staple in my classroom even if I take som... ...more
By Erin (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 09, 2011
This Side of Paradise
by Steven Layne
is sort of like The Stepford Wives with a razor edge. Jack Barrett has always been happy living with his family, including his mom, dad, brother Troy and Gram, even though his dad is often on edge. But now Jack's dad has a new job at a marvelous company called... ...more