Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: Leaving Paradise (1 and 2)

Book Title: Leaving Paradise (1)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: April 8th 2007
Main Characters: Caleb Becker and Maggie Armstrong
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.


Book title: Return to paradise (2)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Published: September 1st 2010
Main Characters: Caleb Becker and Maggie Armstrong

Summary: Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She's determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie's accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them. 

 Review of both books: I got to say that i thank god that i didn't know about leaving paradise the year it came out, because that book came out in 2007 and the second book came out in 2010, i wouldn't have been able to wait that freaking long to know what happened to Caleb and Maggie, i loved these two books, they aren't my favorite, but i think they are great, i loved the relationship between Caleb and Maggie, and how they helped each other, and the way they grew and fell in love, also i love how Maggie didn't forgive Caleb the second he came back, she didn't want him around her at first but when he helped her she started trusting him more and more. What i didn't see coming was the thing with his sister, i was like whaaat, that was surprising, i didn't see that coming at all.

I loved this book and i do recommend it, i think it's very enjoyable and you should definitely read it. Also the book has Caleb and Maggies Pov's, just like in the perfect chemistry books, so it changes between them in every chapter, and i love books like that, i think it's great to read it from both of the characters Pov's 

Stars: I give both of these books 4.5 stars out of 5 

Have you read this book ?, If yes, what did you think ?, if no, will you read it ?

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