Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise, Book 1

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Another awesome novel by Simone Elkeles! As a great fan of the Fuentes brothers, it was a pleasure to get into Paradise. And I must say that once again I was transported by the Simone Elkeles writing!

Maggie is recovering from a car accident a year earlier. After several operations and rehabilitation sessions, she can finally go back to school. But things are not like before: her leg still hurts her, she limps, and all her friends have turned their backs. Before she was a popular high school student and very good in sports. Now she’s forced to confront the eyes of others. She has lost all her confidence and strength in the battle to save her leg. The responsible of her misfortune is Caleb. The story begins when he leaves the juvenile jail and returns to Paradise to live with his parents. All he wants is a normal life with his family. But when he returns, he finds that a lot of things have changed: he has in front of hi