Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

April 22, 2008

Caleb Becker has spent the past year in juvenile detention. His crime? A hit and run while drunk driving. His Victim? Maggie Armstrong– who happened to be his twin sister’s best friend and also his next door neighbor.

It’s a year after the accident-Caleb has been released from lock up and Maggie is still learning how to walk again.

Two people, bonded together by tragedy, shunned by the rest of the world… What happens when the very person who hurt you becomes the only person you can trust?

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkes

*Notes on my categorization for the appropriate age levels for this book:

As always, the final decision about “appropriate age level” is hard to generalize…it ultimately depends on the reader. Although SLJ gave this book a 9+ recommendation for “mild cursing and some sexual scenes” I feel comfortable recommending it to several of my older middle school readers(7th and 8th graders) who have read/are reading The Gossip Girls, The Boyfriend List, and TTYL.

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