Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Leaving Paradise

I just started this book called Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles. (I've been reading a lot of books by her lately).

It's a story about Caleb and Maggie.

One night, Caleb gets drunk at a party, decides to drive home and ends up hitting Maggie who also happens to be his next door neighbor. Caleb gets sent to juvie for about a year while Maggie spends that same year getting numerous surgeries and attending weekly physical therapy sessions and trying to forget the nightmare that was that night.

The story picks up when Caleb gets a review at juvie and is allowed to leave earlier than his original sentence. It just so happens that Caleb gets released right before senior year is about to start and Maggie will be going back to school for the first time since the accident (she completed much of her junior year with the help of tutors). Caleb and Maggie are both kind of returning to what used to be their norm and they approach this situation with different attitudes. Maggie realizes that over the past year, she went from being pretty popular to not having any friends. She is now the outsider and is receiving much unwanted attention due to everyone knowing about the accident and the fact that she now has a very obvious limp. All Maggie really wants is to get out of this town, Paradise. Caleb on the other hand returns home thinking that he's served his punishment and is now ready to move one and make up for what he did. He is realizing that it won't be that simple. His parents don't really know how to be around him, his sister has gone goth, and Maggie hates him for what he did.

I'm not that far into the book yet but so far it seems really interesting. What attracted me most was really the thought of how someone might fall in love with the person who basically turned your life upside down, and not in a good way.

How do you fall in love with the person who ruined your life?

I guess I'm going to find out.

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