Saturday, April 10, 2010

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles Review

leavingparadise Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles   
Publisher: Flux
Pub. Date: April 1st, 2007 
Pages:   303
Age Level: Young Adult 
Obtained: Bought

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares — has been canceled.
After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.
Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

My Thoughts:

Another awesome Simone Elkeles novel! I abs do love her novels just because they have alternating point of views, so you get the story from both sides. Maggie is a very strong willed person. After she learns that Caleb got out of juvi early and would be attending her school, she kept reminding herself that it was no big deal and she faced him with her head held high. Juvi seems to have changed Caleb in many different ways, it also changed his family. But when both of them start working together, sparks fly and it’s surprising what really happens. This novel isn’t like anything else I've ever read, so if you want a happy ending, go lucky book then this won’t be your piece of sun kind of novel because it’s just very honest. The character’s have real life problems, there are secrets that could change everything, and most of all, there is the chance at finding true love in midst of everything. “Returning to Paradise” is the sequel to this novel, which comes out September 2010! I will honestly run to the store when it comes out! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

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