January 22, 2012

Review: Leaving Paradise (Leaving Paradise #1) by Simone Elkeles

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.

I thought Leaving Paradise was great. It was well written and it is one of those books where you don't want to put it down. I can't wait to read the next one.

Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!
Reviewed by~Destiny Beaudoin (Student at Franklin High School)

~Thank you to the Time Bandit for the donation of this book to the Read for your future program!~


  1. This one does sound pretty good.

    Thanks for the review/share!

  2. I read this book a while ago, but am just now deciding to come back and write a review, because this book is way too good for me not to share my unconditional love for it with everyone.

  3. Omg I 've had this on my wishlist for SO LONG! I have to get a copy soon! Great review!

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