Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise # 1)

Title: Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise # 1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: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 Thoughts: Wow! I would peg this as one of the best books I've read so far. It was simply amazing.  I applaud the idea behind the story and certainly fell for Caleb but I have to admit, the actual execution of this story paled for me Maggie with her scars- both outward and inward- and Caleb with his mistakes and trying to figure out how to come back from it but their actual development just wasn't there.  However, it was still a great read!

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