Release Date: September 1, 2010
Series: Leaving Paradise #2
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon.com
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did—and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past—and a terrible secret: he wasn’t the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise—and Maggie—forever. When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can’t deny their true feelings. Will Maggie let Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?
I’m a huge Simone Elkeles fan. HUGE! So, I was extremely excited for Return to Paradise, because let’s face it, Leaving Paradise really left us hanging. I was so anxious to read what was going to happen with Caleb and Maggie! I knew it wouldn’t be easy for them. No, Elkeles is the queen of drama! Nothing is ever easy for her characters. Even knowing that this book left me the tiniest bit disappointed.
Return to Paradise picks up 8 months after the first book. Caleb and Maggie are thrown together by extenuating circumstances and forced to spend a month together on the road discussing their accident with other teens. Maggie and Caleb were the same Maggie and Caleb as in the first book. Always at odds with each other. Always having conflicting emotions. I was rooting for them the entire time! I kept thinking ‘It’s not that hard!! Just try!’ Because they made things much harder than they had to be. That’s Simone genius, though, she creates such excellent drama! It makes you want to shake the characters!
The reason I rated this book 3.5 stars instead of the 5 that Simone Elkeles’ books usually get is that it all felt very repetitive. It felt like I had read it all before. The conflicts all felt very similar to her other books. That’s not to say that I won’t be reading everything she writes in the future, because have no doubt that I will! She the queen of teen drama and I can’t get enough!
Here’s my review of the first book, Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles