Title: Return to Paradise
Author: Simone Elkeles
Summary from Goodreads
Review by Kirthi
Ages 13 and up
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?
Leaving Paradise, the first book, was emotionally heart-wrenching and unforgettable. I could only expect the best of Return to Paradise. But the cover is ugly, no offense. I expected Caleb to look different, and Maggie. They look like brother and sister on the cover, and it's so different from all of Simones' other books.
Beginning: Maggie and Caleb have this rough ground to stand on at the start, and the reactions towards each other are very realistic. Of course, Caleb gets in trouble ^_^
"Some people are damn lucky"
What a great way to start a book. (no sarcasm intended) It drew me into the book: a great hook.
I look the guy straight in the eye. "I plead the fifth".
"You can't plead the fifth, Caleb", Damon says, "You're not in court"
Humorous and intense. The middle got kind of lengthy and a little too long, but it got the point across. And besides, the kissing scenes were very pleasant to read ^_^
Very lovely and inspiring ending. It seemed a bit detached and lost, especially to the near end, but the events that happened were very very good.
Characters: Maggie is a stubborn and headstrong with sassy pants on tight. She isn't exactly my favourite character. I hear older men and guys say "Women are cold"
Maggie fits that common misconception.
Caleb is sarcastic, abrupt, loyal and very sweet deep inside. Damon is, like always, back-up, as are some of the new characters introduced. Like funny Lenny, of whom I concluded to be gay.
Overall: Good, fills in a lot of questions left over from the previous book. You don't have to read it, but it'd be a good idea if you do.
Conclusion: Raw and emotional and intense, Return to Paradise is an inspirational sequel to an equally amazing book, Leaving Paradise, that readers are sure to enjoy!
If you haven't read the first book, be sure to look out for a giveaway soon!