Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Caleb Becker and Maggie Armstrong’s lives both changed the night that Caleb decided to drive drunk from a party and he hit Maggie.

After a year of being in the hospital and going through physical therapy Maggie still walks with a limp. As she prepares to go back to school for her senior year she has no social life and her scholarship to study abroad has been cancelled. Maggie is hoping she can find a way to escape from the pity stares and start a new life.

Caleb has spent the last year in Juvenile jail and is now free. Unfortunately being home isn’t all that Caleb expected it to be. His parents are distant and barely speak to him and his sister has become this girl who wears all black and talks to no one.

Caleb and Maggie are both outsiders in the small town of Paradise, so they come to rely on each other for comfort and strength.

Simone Elkeles is an excellent writer and I loved this story. Leaving Paradise is told from Caleb and Maggie’s point of view which makes this book even better. I like being able to know what both of them are thinking, in my opinion it makes the book even better and it makes the characters seem so real and honest. Throughout the book there are unexpected twists in the plot. The book was very awesome and I couldn’t put it down.

Simone is also the author of How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and How To Ruin My Teenage Life. I can’t wait to read these two books.

1 comment:

The Book Muncher said...

i really want to read this book, it sounds awesome. great review :D