Saturday, June 19, 2010

Book talk for Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.

A year ago, Caleb Becker hit Maggie Armstrong with his car while drunk. Caleb has spent the last year in juvenile detention. Maggie has spent the last year in the hospital and physical therapy.

Now they’re both back for their senior year of high school. Maggie wasn’t expecting Caleb to be back so soon. She thought she’d be safely off in Spain for second semester by the time he returned. Maggie hasn’t forgiven Caleb for what happened, and for causing her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life.

But Maggie and Caleb both find going back to school hard. Everyone seems to have changed. And no one understands what they’ve been through, except each other.

Maggie goes to work for an elderly woman to earn money for Spain, and Caleb is sent to the same house as part of his community service, and they begin to grow closer. But their relationship causes problems all around them, and their lives at school and home begin to fall apart.

Maggie is afraid she’s going to lose Caleb, the only person who understands her pain and who’s truly honest with her. But there’s something about the accident that Caleb isn’t telling her.

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.

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