Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

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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.

 

About Simone Elkeles

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Simone Elkeles is the author of Perfect Chemistry and Leaving Paradise, a Book Sense Pick. Simone was named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She lives in Illinois with her family. www.simoneelkeles.netwww.perfectchemistrythebook.com
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Flux. 312 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Apr 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Leaving Paradise

A Patchwork of Books

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.

Apr 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Leaving Paradise

Sycamore Reviews

Caleb's story begins on the day he goes before a review panel at the Illinois Department of Corrections Juvenile complex.

Jan 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Leaving Paradise

Gr 9 Up—A story of forgiveness and loyalty, Leaving Paradise contains equal parts romance and mystery. Seventeen-year-old Caleb Becker was sentenced to a year of jail time for driving drunk and hitting his neighbor and friend Maggie Armstrong. Maggie struggles for more than a year to be able to w...

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