Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

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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 pitystares-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 torjourney for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.--Goodreads

What a powerful and emotionally captivating story of forgiveness, love, and sacrifice. This is an amazing book! Simone Elkeles has does it again! I stayed up until four in the morning to finish this book because I could not put it down. I even made dinner with it in one hand. I'm not kidding. This book has such dept of emotional turmoil from both main characters, Maggie and Caleb. One a victim, the other the attacker but as secrets are revealed it turns out that Maggie is not the only victim in this story. In most books I can almost foresee how the story will end up but this twist, aaahh, the twist in this book was so unexpected. I truley didn't see that coming and I couldn't believe how selfish one could be while the other so protective and self sacrificing. The love story is beautiful and Caleb is beyond wonderful and is now one of my favorite male characters. Make sure to pick this book up on your next trip to the book store. You won't regret it.

"Are you following me?" she ask, but doesn't meet my gaze.
"Yeah," I say.
She looks at me, her eyebrows raised.
I give her the only honest and true answer I have.
"You're where I want to be."
Caleb- "Then tell me something I can remember as your last words to me..."
"The red hen has flown the coop," Maggie says.
He laughs. "I'll always remember.."
Maggie's line is an inside joke and you have to read the book to find out what exactly it means.



  1. Great review. That sounds so sweet!

  2. Great review! Sounds like an amazing book! Added it to my ever expanding 'to read' list.

  3. Awesome Review!!! I really need to stop putting off this book.