Monday, September 13, 2010

Leaving Paradise; Simone Elkeles












  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (April 1, 2007)

Synopsis

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 Review

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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16 comments:

Book Crazy Jenn said...

I soo agree with you Leaving Paradise is my favorite book by Simone Elkeles with Return to Paradise a close second - I liked her other series dont get me wrong but there's something about this one... <3

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I haven't really fallen for this author yet. Great review :)

TheBookGirl said...

Isn't it nice when you get pleasantly surprised by a book :)

thanks for visiting my blog and following...your blog is so cleverly designed (no pun intendend, cleverly inked)
and i will definitely be back!

Cinette said...

I haven't read any of Simone's stuff yet. Sounds like I had better get on it!

Kelley Vitollo said...

Yay! I'm glad you read it! I love the series. Just finished Return to Paradise. Definitely one of my favorite books!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oooo, sounds wonderful! :-)

Meredith said...

I love Simon Elkeles! This series was great. Awesome review!

Blodeuedd said...

I have seen his other book around but not this one, and yes it could be a good read

Aleksandra said...

I absolutely agree! I loved Perfect Chemistry, but I loved Leaving Paradise even more! I'll read Return to Paradise soon :)

VICTORIA SAAVEDRA said...

Great review.

Nely said...

I'm dying to read these. Great review.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I haven't read her yet but sounds like another good one - Thanks for the review!


~Alyssa
Teens Read and Write

Amy J - Book Addict said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! Great review!

LLL Reviews said...

Oh my!!=) I loved this one! I am so bummed that my Borders has yet to receive their shipment!

Btwn PC and RoA- RoA is my fav but PC rocks!!=)

Great review!

Jenny N. said...

Havent read this one yet but it sounds good and I really liked Simone other books.

Violet said...

I had mixed feelings about Perfect Chemistry, but your review makes me want to give Leaving Paradise a try. :)