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  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (8 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738718688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738718682
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simone Elkeles is the author of Leaving Paradise and four other Flux novels, including How to Ruin Your Summer Vacation and How to Ruin Your Boyfriend’s Repuation. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Rules of Attraction (Walker). A popular speaker at libraries around the country, when the author is not writing she TiVos reality television and watches teen movies. She lives near Chicago with her family and two dogs.

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Perfect Chemistry is possibly Simone's most recognized title, it seems to get a lot of mention on YA blogs (for good reason) and I loved it as well. But Leaving Paradise is easily my favourite of Simone's books and I rate it as one of the very best YA books I've read. It's an intense emotional roller coaster that left me in tears and desperate for more. Finally the sequel is here and I finished it within a few hours of managing to get my hands on it. And you know what? It wasn't a let down in any way!

It picks up eight months after the end of Leaving Paradise. Caleb Becker is in trouble again and to avoid jail time he is forced to attend a summer camp of sorts. He's with a group of teens who have been seriously affected by teenaged drink driving, and they are going to other groups of teens to tell their stories. One big problem; Maggie Armstrong, the girl Caleb was convicted of hitting whilst driving drunk, the girl he left behind 9 months ago, is part of the group. Caleb thought he'd left Maggie and his problems behind him for good when he left Paradise, but now he's forced to face them. Meanwhile, Maggie is still adapting to being disabled, forever walking with a limp thanks to the accident. And they're both forced to confront the past, their feelings for each other, and the secret that tore them apart as they're on this journey.

I loved the set up for Maggie and Caleb's reunion. And I loved the other teens also on the trip, their own personal tales, all so different from one another, adding to the mix as they got to know each other better and some interesting relationships and bonds were formed. They all played off each other so well. They don't all get on, and the way they all act and treat each other is the kind of behaviour I think everyone can relate to in some way.
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Leaving Paradise, Caleb Becker thought he would have a better life, even if it meant letting go of Maggie. Yet Caleb still finds himself in trouble, once again not being his fault. With the departure of Caleb, Maggie Armstrong waited and waited for his return. As the days went by, the chances of reuniting with Caleb seemed non-existent. So Maggie decided that she would become stronger, to become more independent.

As if fate had another plan for them, Caleb and Maggie are reunited with the help of the Re-START program. The program that will keep Caleb from going to jail again and will help Maggie cope. During the four-week trip, Maggie and Caleb and four other teens drive around, talking to others about the accidents that they may have caused or experienced firsthand.

As the trip continues, emotions and feelings between Caleb and Maggie arise once again, creating conflicts, confusion, and breakdowns. Maggie knows the truth about the accident and all she wants is for Caleb to tell her himself. But Caleb is not aware that Maggie already knows, and doesn't want to break his promise to his sister.

In the end, the only way to make their relationship stronger is for Caleb to return to Paradise, where he will ultimately resolve the issues surrounding the accident, including those dealing with his family. However, doing so could have a negative outcome for his sister. Is Caleb willing to take the risk in order to finally develop a lasting relationship with Maggie, or will his promise to his sister mean more?

Once again, Simone Elkeles geniusly writes a sequel that allows the reader to fall in love all over again with her characters.
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Eight months have past since Caleb Becker left Paradise. Left Maggie Armstrong; the girl he was accused of hitting while when drink driving and the girl he fell in love with. It's been eight months since anyone has heard from Caleb.

Now Caleb's back in trouble and the only way he's allowed to stay out of juvie is to join a group of teens who travel the Midwest and tell others their story of how drink driving has changed their life. Though he doesn't have much of a choice, Caleb will join the re-START group any day rather than go back to the juvie. Except...Maggie Armstrong is also a part of the group.

Maggie has changed. She knows the truth about the night of the accident and is waiting for Caleb to tell the secret to everyone. She is stronger than before because of Caleb. She is heart broken by Caleb leaving paradise. She likes to think that she has moved on from Caleb. But every pent up emotion of eight months comes rushing right back, when caleb walks towards her on the morning they leave for the trip.

With emotions running high, there is desperation and irrationality and more mistakes. And choices to make. Does the fact that they can't stay without each other mean that Caleb and Maggie were 'meant to be'? How will Caleb tie up the loose ends in his life? Will he continue to suffer of a crime he didn't commit? Will the trip be a success or a failure to them? Will it make a change in their life...show them a path to their future and help them?

Can both Maggie and Caleb deal with the fact that they are scarred inside and out? And can they overlook the resentment, anger and frustration enough to return to paradise within each others arms again?

I LOVED RETURN TO PARADISE!!! There's no other sane way to put it.
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