Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Pub Date: April 1, 2007
Author Website/Blog: http://www.simoneelkeles.net/index1.html
Synopsis: Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk and crashed into Maggie Armstrong. One year later, both teenagers have become outsiders in their small community. Pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak," Caleb and Maggie end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.
Leaving Paradise was a book that several people told me I Just HAD to read. I saw it at the library and grabbed it. I already loved Simone Elkeles because of her novel Perfect Chemistry. I loved this book also. It was just perfect. The perfect secret, the perfect plot, the perfect reason to hate someone. This was just a brilliant story. I fell in love with the characters. The whole story just came together perfectly, what with Caleb just out of jail and Maggie desperately reaching to move on with her life. SHe struggles as she works with him, she is supposed to hate him. She is supposed to wish that he was dead. So she would still be perfect. So she would be able to impress her dad who walked out on her. She didnt care that she used to love Caleb. She was supposed to hate him. But of course that doesnt last long. And nasty secrets come out.
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