Series: Leaving Paradise #1
Author: Simone Elkeles
It was selected as one of the three Random Reads I have for the month of June.
Summary taken from Chapters/Indigo.ca:
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.
As expected Simone Elkeles has pounded some emotion into another one of her novels. After reading Perfect Chemistry and being completey blown away I was prepared for the punch that this book was going to deliver, but it didn’t matter it still knocked the air right out of me. Taken into a completely messed up situation where one horrible night has forever changed the lived of two people and two families dramatically…and the catch is they live right beside each other. Their children have grown up together and are friends. So there is no real getting away from it. Oh the drama. With Maggie it’s all about loss and a complete change for the path that she had in her life. For Caleb it’s all about wanting things to go back to normal, but also for people to acknowledge what happened and move forward. Sadly the only person really wanting to deal with it is Caleb. I don’t really want to say more because there are probably some people who have not read it but this book is a keeper. I can’t wait to read the second one in the series.
Caleb: The only actual ‘man’ in this entire story. The only guy who has to guts to stand up for people and who can be a gentlemen.
Alright here it goes. Romance blossom…well just looking at the cover we can kind of guess that, but I wasn’t realy sure how it came to be. I can somewhat understand it for Maggie because she liked him before everything happened, but to like his after? And Caleb…well his heart changes pretty quickly. Oh well it happened and the second one promises to be just as good as the first.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall Simone Elkeles’ writing is fantastic and gripping. It brings you into the heart of the novel and still manages to shock you no matter what you expect. With diverse characters and extreme situations she has you locked in from page one.
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Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you love those messed up love stories. The Romeo and Juliet type. Then this is all for you
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen Novels, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally