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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Review: Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Summary: Maggie has just returned home from a long stay in the hospital to repair the leg that was badly injured in an automobile accident; Caleb has just returned from prison, where he served nine months for driving the car that hit Maggie. In spite of a court order to stay away from her, Caleb continues to encounter Maggie and even ends up working for Mrs. Reynolds, the same elderly lady who Maggie helps. Telling the story in alternate chapters, Elkeles reveals the traumatic accident and its consequences from both victims' points of view. Maggie can no longer play tennis and is now convinced that she is ugly; Caleb must endure the harassment of his former friends, especially the beautiful, seductive Kendra. Not everything in the crowded plot is adequately addressed, but Elkeles creates raw emotions, dialogue, and high-school ambiance that's just right. Maggie and Caleb are complex and authentic teens whom all readers will embrace. Theirs is a delicate, delicious love story--without the happy ending.

My Review: I love Simone Elkeles, one of my fave authors, I love the way she writes because she builds a connection between the reader and the characters off the bat. I really liked this book, it was filled with emotions that every person can relate to at least once in their lives. However, if it was me I'd change the ending a bit, just because I'm a sucker for a happy ending...but their will be a sequel coming soon, so maybe it will change. Overall great book, but 'Perfect Chemistry' by Simone is still number one on my list.
My Rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Anonymous said...

I love Simone Elkeles. She's one of my favorites as well. This was a great book & I can't wait for the sequel!

Also, totally random but I see that your favourite movie of the moment is The Hangover. Seriously, one of the funniest movies I have seen in a loooong time. I've already seen it twice haha. I'm laughing now just thinking about it. :p


Omg Michelle, I've seen it twice too! lol...Really funny's been awhile since they made a good movie like that =) I can't till it comes out on DVD, which prolly will be for a while...

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