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<span id="freeTextContainer3347664348209657730">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.<br /><br />After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb&rsquo;s free . . . if freedo</span>
<span id="freeText3347664348209657730" style="display:none">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.<br /><br />After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb&rsquo;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.<br /><br />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&rsquo;s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.</span>
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<span id="freeText530548313004762740" style="display:none">You know your Monday night is going downhill when you're stuck weeping over a cliffhanger.<br /><br />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 piñata. <br /><br />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:<br /><br />Book: Introducing a delicious guy character with soulful eyes and a great sense of humour<br />Book: Ooh look – heroine with a backbone! <br />Book: Her and the guy aren't getting along…obviously this means they are MEANT FOR EACHOTHER<br />Book: Insert awesome situations that make you wish you had this life<br />Book: *Spend several moments sniffling over your sad, lonely life*<br />Book: BREAK UP/CRYING IN THE RAIN SCENE <br />Book: Stop listening to Taylor Swift on repeat and watch as they mope for days<br />Book: Back together again! Par-tay!<br />Book: Things are looking good<br />Book: They may even become a couple<br />Book: He told her he loves her!! *throws confetti*<br />Book: But hang on…<br />Book: Wait-<br />Book: And she's going to tell him she- OH WAIT HE'S LEAVING, sike!<br />Book: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (where the author will proceed to shower you with the number of dogs they have, a bunch of adjectives describing their editing staff and the name of their favourite chocolate brand).<br /><br />Dear authors – READERS HATE CLIFFHANGERS!<br /><br />I mean, have you ever met one reader that THANKED you for giving them a cliffhanger?! Cliffhangers are like smoking. Or parachuting without a parachute. They cause the following things:<br /> – Heart palpitations<br /> – Sobbing<br /> – Crying<br /> – Pain<br /> – Sniffling<br /> – Pain<br /> – Swooning<br /> – Incoherent screaming (e.g. "OH THE FEELS!", "WHY?!", "WHAT IS THIS?!")<br /> – Throwing of objects and people<br /> – Pain<br /> – More pain<br /> – Endless pain<br /> – NEVER ENDING PAIN GOOD GOD WHY DID YOU DO THIS I'M DYING MAKE IT STOP!<br /><br />So yep. I have finished my rant. You may now leave – wiser and stronger 😀 (And maybe slightly weirded out!)</span>
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<span id="freeTextContainer12722869326974377577">(4 Stars)<br><br>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 later.<br>……………..<br><br><i>Almost half a year later….my review…</i><br><br>(4.5 Stars)<br><br>I&rsquo;m <i>finally</i> writing my review after my re-reading of <i>Leaving Paradise</i> just prior to reading the sequel, <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7797874.Return_to_Paradise__Leaving_Paradise___2_" title="Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #2) by Simone Elkeles" rel="nofollow">Return to Paradise</a>.<br><br>Earlier this year I read <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4268157.Perfect_Chemistry__Perfect_Chemistry___1_" title="Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) by Simone Elkeles" rel="nofollow">Perfect Chemistry</a> by this author, and absolutely <b>LOVED</b> it and Alex and Brittany. Alex is one of my fave YA heroes! So sigh/</span>
<span id="freeText12722869326974377577" style="display:none">(4 Stars)<br><br>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 later.<br>……………..<br><br><i>Almost half a year later….my review…</i><br><br>(4.5 Stars)<br><br>I&rsquo;m <i>finally</i> writing my review after my re-reading of <i>Leaving Paradise</i> just prior to reading the sequel, <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7797874.Return_to_Paradise__Leaving_Paradise___2_" title="Return to Paradise (Leaving Paradise, #2) by Simone Elkeles" rel="nofollow">Return to Paradise</a>.<br><br>Earlier this year I read <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4268157.Perfect_Chemistry__Perfect_Chemistry___1_" title="Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1) by Simone Elkeles" rel="nofollow">Perfect Chemistry</a> by this author, and absolutely <b>LOVED</b> it and Alex and Brittany. Alex is one of my fave YA heroes! So sigh/swoon-sworthy.<br><br>While I enjoyed and loved Leaving Paradise and Caleb and Maggie, too, I didn&rsquo;t love it quite much as Perfect Chemistry and hence the 4 Stars. Though, reading this the second time around and being thoroughly drawn in again, I am going to bump it up to 4.5 Stars, though recognising Ms Elkeles' growth as a writer in Perfect Chemistry. <br><br><i>Leaving Paradise</i> is the story of two teens whose lives (and that of their families) were both changed forever a result of a drunk driving hit-and-run accident. The story is told from Maggie&rsquo;s and Caleb&rsquo;s alternating first person point-of-views, giving us an intimate view into their thoughts and feelings.<br><br>Maggie Armstrong has spent the past year in hospitals and physical therapy as a result of the accident. She fears that she may walk with a limp for the rest of her life. Every time she looks at the ugly red scars etched across her left leg from the numerous surgeries, she is reminded of that painful night and how life just hasn&rsquo;t been the same since. Her father has left, she lost not only her circle of friends but her best friend, can no longer play tennis, and her time away from school has left her feeling isolated and alone…like a freak.<br><br>Caleb Becker, Maggie&rsquo;s neighbour, ex-best friend&rsquo;s brother, and Maggie&rsquo;s secret crush since her childhood, was convicted of Maggie&rsquo;s hit-and-run and has spent the past year in juvenile detention. While he is happy to be free, he returns to Paradise to find his family in turmoil, and he realises that he can't just slip right back into his life again. <br><br><i>"It's hard keeping everything the same when the same things look and feel so different."</i> <br><br>What both Maggie and Caleb want is just to leave Paradise.<br><br>Yet, being neighbours, as well as other chance encounters, forces them to confront their grief and anger since that tragic night, and they end up finding love and solace in each other. This is a raw and touching story of two people struggling to forgive and trust and move on from a reckless accident, which scarred them both in different but profound ways. Their fears, frustrations and pain felt honest and real. And their romantic yet complicated love left me aching. What I wish I had known before I started it, though, was that Caleb and Maggie&rsquo;s story did not end with this book.<br><br>Oh, and I just have to mention that I LOVE the cover!<br><br>Some of my fave quotes/scenes;<br><br><i>"Are you following me?" she asks, but doesn't meet my gaze. <br>"Yeah," I say. <br>"Why?" <br>I give her the only honest and true answer I have. "You're where I want to be." <br>….<br><br>"I look down at our knees, slightly touching. Jeans against jeans. Does she notice the heat transferring from her body to mine? Does she even realize what she's doing to me? I know, I know. I'm not a virgin and the slightest touch of a girl's knee is driving me insane. I don't even know what I'm feeling for Maggie, I just know that I'm <b>feeling.</b> It's something I've tried to avoid and deny until yesterday, when I held her in my arms while her tears spilled onto my shirt. <br><br>God, our knees touching isn't enough. I need more. <br><br>She's knotting her fingers together on her lap as if she doesn't know what to do with them. I want to touch her, but what if she pulls away like before? I've never been such a wuss with a girl in my life. <br><br>I bite my bottom lip as I slide my hand about millionth of a millimeter closer to her hand. <br><br>She doesn't seem fazed so I move closer. And closer. <br><br>When the tips of my fingers touch her wrist, she freezes. But she doesn't jerk her hand away. <b>God, her skin is so soft,</b> I think as my fingers trail a path from her wrist to her knuckles to her smooth, manicured nails. <br><br>I swear touching her like this is driving me nuts. It's more erotic, more intense than any other time with Kendra. I feel awkward and inexperienced as a freshman again. I look up. Everyone else is oblivious to the intensity of emotions running rampant in the back of the public bus. <br><br>When I look back down at my hand covering hers, I'm grateful she hasn't come to her senses and pulled away. As if she knows my thoughts, we both turn our hands at the same time so our hands are palm against palm…finger against finger. Her hand is dwarfed against mine. It makes her seem more delicate and petite than I'd realize. I feel a need to protect her and be her champion should she ever need one. <br><br>With a slight shift of my hand, I lace my fingers through hers. <br><br>I'm holding hands. With Maggie Armstrong.&rdquo; *SIGHS*<br>….<br><br>&ldquo;…the next time I kiss you it'll last a long, long time. And when we're done you're going to realize being turned on is not about experience." </i> *SHIVERS*<br><br><br>Okay…I&rsquo;ve been hooked on <i>The Gates</i> lately so my current images may have slightly been coloured by that. ^_^<br><br><b>My Caleb (Colton Haynes):</b><br><br><img src="https://images.gr-assets.com/hostedimages/1380222758ra/603004.gif" class="gr-hostedUserImg"><br><br><img src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1379774935i/336433._SY540_.jpg" width="320" height="410" class="gr-hostedUserImg"><br><br><b>My Maggie (Skyler Samuels – but with light brown hair and hazel eyes):</b><br><br><img src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1380333685i/693414._SX540_.jpg" width="385" height="280" class="gr-hostedUserImg"><br><br><img src="https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/hostedimages/1380333685i/693415.jpg" width="385" height="280" class="gr-hostedUserImg"><br><p>
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<span id="freeTextContainer13881940743898171349">So…mashed 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. <br /><br />Yes. Not the real, red-skinned taters mashed potatoes, we're talking good old boxed taters. <br /><br />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'</span>
<span id="freeText13881940743898171349" style="display:none">So…mashed 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. <br /><br />Yes. Not the real, red-skinned taters mashed potatoes, we're talking good old boxed taters. <br /><br />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 me. I also generally dislike it when female authors try to speak through a male protagonist….it almost never comes across as genuine. Caleb's POV sounded suspiciously feminine and that made his macho persona a bit cheesy. <br /><br />I can see why a lot of teen girls love this, however. Ms. Elkeles isn't a half-bad writer and there are some good lessons to be learned. It's just that, when you get to be even my age (which is only 30), these particular issues seem almost unrealistically juvenile. <br /><br />Good for the teen set. Anyone over the age of 19 or 20, however, might find it a bit too grating.</span>
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