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My Name is Liz and I am 18 years old. I absolutley love reading books, really anything with romance. If you have any questions about my reviews or anything really, just email me at Thank you!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Leaving Paradise 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.

My Thoughts:

My best friend (Jenna) let me borrow this book the other day and I just started reading it last night. Once I started I cloud NOT put it down. I stayed up until three in the morning reading to the end. It was SO good! I LOVED it! I was hooked to the book as soon as I started the first sentence. Isn't that crazy? I thought this book was sad. And it was very emotional! I swear I cried at the end! The only thing I didn't like so much was the end. I mean I liked the very last sentences but not what happend between certain people... I'm not going to tell you because you have to read it and find out! It's very sad at the end... Anyways, Maggie and Caleb are great characters. I love that Maggie stayed strong threw the book, she became even stronger after she met Mrs. Reynolds. I play lots of sports and I would HATE it if I ever got ran over by a car. It would ruin my life. I know I would learn to live threw it like Maggie did. But I don't think I would be as brave and strong as her. And Caleb seemed like such a great guy! He would take the blame for ANYTHING! He cared for Maggie. ALOT. He would also protect his sister no matter what. I hope you guys love this book as much as I did! I'm rating it a...

Because it was emotional :P
I could not stop reading no matter what!
I knew it was going to be AWESOME because my best friend picked it out for me!!

Please tell what you guys thought of this book!

Thanks guys :P


Kelsey said...

I haven't read this yet, but I definitely need to- it looks awesome!(:

Jenna said...

I told you that you wouldn't like the end. :P

Leslie said...

there's a sequel i hear that comes out this summer so i guess.. lol i keep hearing that the ending is just ugh! idk i'm getting this one sometime this week =) great review though!

Anonymous said...

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Kandie said...

I loved this book 2!! I cannot wait for the sequel!! My friends and I made a "book trailer" you guys should totally watch it!


Liz said...

I didnt even know there was a going to be a sequel!! I'm glad because the ending sucked!! Thanks kandie, I'll for sure check out your trailer :)