Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Return to Paradise; Simone Elkeles















  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (September 1, 2010)



Synopsis

Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-and a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever.

When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie let Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?


My Review

The entire book was jammed packed with emotion. So many characters all had personalities that were distinguished. After reading Leaving Paradise I had to dive in. The writing was still awesome a few tiny things I thought could have been different. I felt there were to many secondary characters that were unneeded. It made the book feel a bit jumbled.  Yet all the characters were well placed and each character had it's own voice.  Maggie and Caleb's Tug and Pull was still there I just felt It was missing something. It kinda wished for more. Maybe I set myself up being the first book was so good. This came in a close second but I was hoping it would trump Leaving Paradise. I seem to be drawn to Simone's writing, she has a way to spell out a story and ring out your emotions.

I do think this is age appropriate nothing over done, than again most young adults are faced with serious issues that are in Return to Paradise such as drinking and driving. I think it might actually effect some to do the right thing and Don't Drink and Drive. To me the entire topic of it is such a serious issue that isn't discussed enough. Coming from someone who was hit by a drunk driver and has to live with the effects from it. I can see how this could be a positive wake up to some.  Moving on Return to Paradise had me on edge but didn't suck me in like Leaving Paradise. You will want to read it, after all who doesn't want to know how it ends with Maggie and Caleb? I would recommend this to those who have read Leaving Paradise.

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13 comments:

Melissa said...

Leaving Paradise is probably my favourite book from Simone Elkeles...I definitely need to read this one. Great thoughts! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I've heard great things about this one. :-)

Meredith said...

I just read this one! I like her other series better, but this one kept me hooked. Great review!

Blodeuedd said...

I guess I really should read Elkeles, it does sounds like YA I would enjoy...at least I hope so

Kelley Vitollo said...

I loved this book!!

Faye said...

! i'm so jealous! I NEED to hurry up and buy this!! so glad u enjoyed it! <3 Simone Elkeles books!

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

I've read lovely reviews on this book.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awesome review :)

GMR said...

After that...I now want to read Leaving Paradise, since I haven't and it sounds like this one is really good! *makes note* Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I'll read it soon :)

Ladytink_534 said...

I've heard of this but it doesn't really seem like something I would like. I can't stand that cover btw lol.

Violet said...

Thanks for sharing your review. I need to read Leaving Paradise. :)

LLL Reviews said...

Oh my!=) My head is going to explode- I want to read this.
I agree that the topic of drunk driving ought to be incorporated more so since it plays a huge role in these novels.

Wonderful review.

I am waiting for my library to pick it up sine they have all of Simone's other novels. i dont like waiting =(