- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Flux (April 1, 2007)
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.
I didn't really want to read this series. After reading Simone's other series I just figured since I read them that this series would be close to the same story. Though I did like the other series. I receive the second book so In Leaving Paradise so I decided to give the series a shot.
It was nothing like the other series. The other series is awesome but this is so much more. I have not even finished Return to Paradise and I am skipping with delight. Returning to Paradise is the second in the duo. I am a sucker for the star-crossed loves. It makes for great turmoil and shows the tug and pull between the characters. It also shows the inner thinking of how the characters pick and choose paths including their own personal demons. Simone just seems to have a way to pull the reader in while keeping them content. Even though I could guess how the book ended she was still able to throw me a few curve balls. I do have a little problem, I felt that Caleb's anger towards Maggie was a little much and his nastiness was a little over done. I think it was age appropriate, nothing that I felt was to much. Over I'd say this is a good read. I personally enjoyed this more then Perfect Chemistry, So glad I decided to read Leaving Paradise.
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