Sep 25, 2020
Leaving Paradise
Posted 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 freedoNothing 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.

  • Title: Leaving Paradise
  • Author: Simone Elkeles
  • ISBN: 9780738710181
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leaving Paradise 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

    Booknut

    You know your Monday night is going downhill when you re stuck weeping over a cliffhanger.I mean, this is the last straw in the haystack The last chocolate in the box The icing on the cake The hole in the pi ata I get that there will be cliffhangers What I don t get is why only I ever seemed to be constantly plagued by them 4 5 times, a book I will pick up will go something like this Book Introducing a delicious guy character with soulful eyes and a great sense of humourBook Ooh look heroine wit [...]


    Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*

    4 Stars Loved this Can t wait for the second book, Return to Paradise, coming out in September 2010, as the story is not over yet Longer review to follow laterAlmost half a year later review 4.5 Stars I m finally writing my review after my re reading of Leaving Paradise just prior to reading the sequel, Return to Paradise.Earlier this year I read Perfect Chemistry by this author, and absolutely LOVED it and Alex and Brittany Alex is one of my fave YA heroes So sigh swoon sworthy.While I enjoyed [...]


    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    So.ed potatoes That s what this book is Mashed potatoes Tastes kinda good, relatively harmless and easy to digest, but nothing spectacular Sort of bland, but occasionally satisfies a particular craving Mashed potatoes Yes Not the real, red skinned taters mashed potatoes, we re talking good old boxed taters Premise was good, but it was kind of slow It seemed to take forever for Maggie and Caleb to see each other again, but once they did, it was like instant love.which just didn t settle well with [...]


    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    2.5 stars I am totes not on the bandwagon for this book.Was this book bad No, not at all I think this author has some talent and I liked the shifting POVs The story actually seemed vaguely familiar to me but I liked the concept behind it I would most definitely read by this author in the future However, a few things about this book really rubbed me the wrong way.1 I think that Maggie s reactions are totally unrealistic If a boy hit me with his car and PERMANENTLY MAIMED ME I would be crazy, ins [...]


    Lora

    Before I reveal why I m only giving this one 2.5 stars, let s go over what I liked The writing I d have to say that was my favorite part of this novel Just like with Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series, it was spectacular She always knows how to depict teens as they really are She doesn t choose to sugarcoat their amorous feelings or leave out curse words to make her novels teen friendly I love that because, for me, it s better to be realistic than to make prudes happy.The characters I don t thin [...]


    Sandeep ☾

    3.5 5 StarsTwo teenagers lives are drastically changed after one fateful night when Caleb hits Maggie while drink driving, leaving her for dead Year later, after being released from a juvenile jail, Caleb is back in Paradise Maggie and Caleb want nothing to do with each other but fate had other ideas.The plot was perfect but I was kind of disappointed in the way the story was told I felt that everything was too rushed and unrealistic I did not like Caleb at the start he kind of annoyed me but af [...]


    Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨

    6 10 Dear Caleb Becker, While reading At the end Now Phew, kids Sequel No thanks


    alyssa ♛

    Definitely one of the best YA love stories that I have ever read XD


    Buggy

    Opening Line I d been waiting a year for this moment 4.5 I don t generally read much YA stuff but Caleb and Maggie s forbidden coming of age romance got to me and I found myself quite wrapped up in all their teenaged angst I guess it was the unique story idea that first piqued my interest that of a romance developing between the offender and his victim was too good to pass up And once you get into it the reasoning s as to why they get together it felt realistic I mean they ve both been away for [...]


    Alaina Meserole

    THIS BOOK WAS SO FREAKING AMAZING I loved every second of Leaving Paradise WELL, except for the cliffhanger you call an ending because I can t accept that I need and want I need to find the second book as soon as possible because I NEED and WANT Now I m not going to indulge in spoilers or any of that crap because you all need to drop whatever you are doing and go read this book Unless you are in the middle of REALLY good book then proceed with reading and get this book after you re done Other [...]


    Donna Book Passion for Life

    Posted on bookpassionforlife After reading Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series, I ve been itching to find something just as good And while I have read a few books that have been really good, nothing had been better than Perfect Chemistry Well that is until Leaving Paradise completely surpassed all my expectations and blew me completely away Both Maggie Armstrong Caleb Becker s lives changed one fateful night after Caleb accidently ran over Maggie while drunk driving While leaving Maggie for [...]


    Kim

    Again, this is one of those books that leave me with a why didn t I read this sooner feeling.I kept seeing this pop up on my flist and I enjoyed it a lot Usually, when I read about female characters, my thoughts go from why can t I be like her to for the love of god, please somebody, slap her but this time I recognized something of myself in Maggie.The part where Caleb makes her play tennis again, and she secretly loves it but doesn t want to admit it, that s exactly how I am Trying new things, [...]


    Thomas

    3.5 stars.Caleb Becker and Maggie Armstrong have spent the last year imprisoned Caleb, imprisoned in juvenile detention for hitting Maggie while driving under the influence, and Maggie, imprisoned by physical therapy sessions for her damaged left leg that leaves her with a limp When the two are forced together again after that one fateful night, how will they deal with the guilt and anxiety of trusting the person who s ruined ruined them forever Leaving Paradise possesses an interesting premise, [...]


    PaigeBookdragon

    We all have a book that the blurb is so good you wanna just make love to it but when you read the actual story, you were disgusted to find out it has herpes.Yep.Let me start why I decided to read this book The blurb I was hooked with it A guy who was just out of prison A girl he crippled A secret Now, my popcorns were popping and my soda was chilled The genres this book was shelved Contemporary romance Count me in My cursed curiosity Now why I hated this book Inconsistent story line Too much Jus [...]


    Stephanie

    Such a great book Ok it s about a girl and guy For the past year the guy, Caleb Becker, has been in Juvinille detention for hitting a girl with his car while also being drunk On the other side of the story, Maggie Armstrong, the girl Caleb hit with his car, has been in physical therapy for the past year Now Caleb is finally out of jail, and is coming back home, and Maggie is going to try to face school even though she has a terrible limp Story s very real, raw, great emotions I could hardly keep [...]


    Karla

    Lots of lessons to be learned in this book I liked the alternating points of view between Maggie and Caleb My heart ached for both of them and all that they had lost Maggie s struggle with her debilitating injury and the stares and teasing she was victim of, was just so wrong People just made fun of her and didn t understand the physical pain Maggie was suffering from was almost than she could bear Then to have to listen to the snickering and rude comments just made me want to smack someone Cal [...]


    Annie Brewer

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book Absolutely amazing Review to come Okay, um I am not sure where to start Well, let me start by saying Simone Elkeles has become a favorite author because of this book I bought it on my nook cause it was cheap plus I loved the cover plus I have heard great things about it and my friend told me how amazing it is And Maida, you were so right on This book was just.just It just was The romance, the story line, the characters, all of it was superb at its finest I am glad I read [...]


    Arlene

    Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles is such a great read It s the kind of book you pick up, keep turning the pages, and before you know it you re done with the story I really enjoyed the format of the book and how the POV alternates between the two main characters.The author did a great job of developing both Caleb and Maggie s character that you immediately come to care for both of them regardless of their opposing circumstance It s a unique storyline with a sad ending that will have most people [...]


    Beatrice Masaluñga

    It has been two or 3 years since I ve read anything by Simone Elkeles I still remember reading Perfect Chemistry trilogy, which I absolutely love I m so glad that I ve read another novel of hers, giving me this jittery and sad feeling If you haven t read that trilogy, GO READ IT Especially, if you love Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.What happens when the person who damaged you for life becomes the person you trust the most Leaving Paradise is an emotional roller coaster read There are momen [...]


    Kristy

    Street corner TBR ChallengeAugust pick 4 per Flannery.Ahh, This was one of those books I just couldn t put down I was reading it every spare second I had I didn t know if Elkeles was going to be able to pull off anything as awesome as perfect chemistry , but she definitely brought her A game with this book Although, it just sort of abruptly ended.Spoilers I hate that ending I want the goo goo, happy ending This one was sad I hope there is some reconnecting in book 2 Maggie, at first got under my [...]


    Emily

    Leaving Paradise is my very first Elkeles novel I was an Elkeles virgin o.0 I d read mixed reviews from my GR friends but most of her books have high average ratings so I was keen to see what the fuss was about As you can see from my measly 2 stars, I didn t love it But I definitely didn t hate it either I don t regret paying something ridiculous like a dollar for it on my Kindle Would I pay much than that I don t know Probably not.Let s get the ugly stuff out of the way first I was bored, I di [...]


    Mayu

    No me ha gustado nada la historia de Maggie y Caleb Estos dos libros han sido una decepci n absoluta, una de las peores historias de amor que he le do Me ha gustado nica y exclusivamente como escribe Simone pero la trama de la bilog a y sus protagonistas no me han gustado nada, nada y nada Me ha resultado odiosa esta obra Es m s, ha habido momentos del libro, escenas de Caleb con otras t as, donde he sentido aut ntico asco No suelo decir esto pero estos dos libros los habr a echado a la hoguera, [...]


    Sweet Dreams

    Esta historia me ha llegado al coraz n por su crudeza, la historia de superaci n que tiene y la fortaleza de ambos personajes Es de estos libros que te hacen pensar a pesar de los t picos que tiene y un poco de insta love que no me ha terminado de convencer Sin embargo el ritmo es adictivo y se lee en un suspiro.


    Shay_yahS

    Dear cliff hangerI hate you and wish I never met youLove Angry ReaderThis story was ok It started slow Kiiiiiinda cute Then rushed the end And left you hanging in a cliff No closure some cliff hangers I get even tho they make me angry But this one jus made me angry


    Rose

    Initial reaction I feel like I m of two minds with this book One part of me really liked some of the emotional roughness and exploration of difficult situations this story offered, both for Maggie and Caleb s experiences At the same time, I feel like this book had a cumbersome way of showing these details, so much at times that my suspension of disbelief couldn t overlook points of dramatic convenience for the sequence of events I know this story has a follow up but did it have to end with so ma [...]


    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Randstostipher tallnlankyrn Nguyen for TeensReadTooTwo very different people are joined together by the most common yet dreadful experience Both live in the town of Paradise, but for them it is nothing like the name Caleb Becker had spent time in juvenile detention for the crime of driving while intoxicated and accidentally hitting someone with his car And now that he has done his time, Caleb is able to go home to his family and his girlfriend, if they are still together But for Cale [...]


    Andrea Manzanilla

    Reading Challenge 2016 Un libro con portada de color AZUL4.25 5Este libro tiene una sinopsis que despert mi curiosidad, tanto que comenc a leerlo a las 12 de la noche y pasado unos 30 minutos ya estaba al mitad del libro, no es solo porque tiene tan pocas paginas sino que la autora escribe de tal forma que se lee un abrir y cerrar de ojos Sin embargo aunque la escritura es r pida de leer, la prosa de la autora no me convenci Me esperaba una historia de amor y nada mas Pero fui gratamente sorpren [...]


    Edna

    Simone Elkeles knocked this book out of the park Leaving Paradise is wonderful, the second half particularly stood out to me Once I picked it up, I read for four hours straight to finish it It s a lot emotionally draining than Perfect Chemistry so if you re looking for that witty banter, you won t find it here Leaving Paradise will put your heart through the ringer Their relationship morphs from them individually having broken spirits to developing this strong attraction to facing painful heart [...]


    Laura

    How you feel about yourself, family, friends and home can change after just one event, one night, and one mistake How do you forgive and move on when that one mistake caused physical suffering and pain so embedded in your heart you cannot even admit it is there Where do we even begin Maybe it takes our worlds completely shattering for us to see the pieces in a whole new way the pieces and people right in front of us or right next door.Yes, Leaving Paradise has one of my biggest weaknesses that b [...]


    Erin

    This was a beautiful book I literally read it in just a few hours because I could not put it down, then went immediately to my kindle to read Return to Paradise because I just had to hear of their love story This book has been out for awhile and has a ton of reviews already, so I m not going to write much for that reason alone I can not say enough how much I recommend it, though, because the message it sends and the heartwarming love story we get to experience are both unbelievably moving I ado [...]



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