Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise

eBook - 2010
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Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything. Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She's determined to make a new life for herself. But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie's accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.
Publisher: Woodbury, Minn. : Flux, c2010.
ISBN: 9780738727295
0738727296
Characteristics: 1 online resource (194 p.)
Subjects: Young adult fiction.
Electronic books.
Families -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Drunk driving -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 26, 2017

To avoid jail time, Caleb agrees to join the re-START program. An initiative developed to help raise awareness on reckless and disorderly driving. Unbeknownst to him, his former fling, Maggie, has also decided to participate in the re-Start program. Now they are stuck travelling throughout the country  for an entire month. They have both convinced themselves that they have moved on, but once they lay their eyes on one another they forget the promises they made to themselves. Four weeks is a lot of time. That’s enough time for old relationships to mend, secrets to be revealed and mistakes to be forgiven. To be honest, this book was even worse than Leaving Paradise. I just felt that Caleb and Maggie’s relationship could have been developed further. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

elysha45 Jul 17, 2012

I agree with catbluecuious, this book was better than the first one. The drama was more intense and it actually exposes the reality of how accidents affect people besides just the victim and those who were involved in the accident. I love how the ending wasn't over the top with the cliche and the new characters were really funny.

catbluecurious Oct 23, 2011

This book was way better then the first oneI totally agree with hiphophp94 I couldn't put it down until i was finished reading it. This book is a awesome. I like the style of writing the author Simone Elkeles uses that keeps you interested in the story and grabs your full attention. Great story. :)

hiphophp94 Jul 24, 2011

I thought it was a really good sequel. It brought sense and order to the original story. The details and writing style also grabbed my attention; I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.

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JSchway
Mar 08, 2011

both Leaving Paradise and this one were great!

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KKPGIRL
Feb 28, 2011

Great ending to a great story! I love Caleb and Maggie together, especially when Maggie becomes more comfortable with her disability and doesn't let it hold her back. Caleb is also very sweet. I definitely recommend this book, although there is some sexual content and strong language, mostly from Caleb and his friends.

lglass Feb 08, 2011

Such a good sequel!!!! Simone Elkeles is a MUST read!

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mieesha
Nov 28, 2010

i really like this book because i was nearly in tears when i read leaving paradise and when i found out about return to paradise i was happy to know that simone elkeles didnt leave her readers hanging and continued the story :)

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slyons
Sep 19, 2010

This was a great conclusion to the story. Great book.

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purplepinkhair
Jul 03, 2012

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KKPGIRL
Feb 28, 2011

KKPGIRL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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lglass Feb 08, 2011

After leaving Paradise, Caleb ends up in a bad place at the wrong time. Forced to choose Jail or a Summer Group that shares their stories of encounters with drunk driving, Celeb chooses the group.

Caleb enters the group unhappy, but relieved Jail is not going to be an issue, until he sees her. Maggie. After hitting her 2 summers before, going to Juvie, and being released, Caleb started a whirlwind romance with her, until he up and left.

Struggling with the truth and their feelings for one another, will hardened Caleb, and more confident Maggie be able to get through the summer?

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