What happens when the person who damaged you for life, becomes the person you trust the most?
My very favorite Elkeles thus-far, and the sequel just came out! Hooray, if you feel like sending me a copy, I am all for it!
Alright, so a lot of people think this story is sad, and yeah, it has those twinges of grief and the ending it’s a happily ever after, but the storytelling that happens here is monumentally spectacular!
I will try and remain spoiler free, but you shouldn’t have to read my review to be convinced of Leaving Paradise’s awesomeness!
Alright, so right from the beginning when we are meeting Caleb, you can just feel that he has no sense of grief, or guilt that he ran Maggie over with his car! He is so unremourseful that he maimed the poor girl that you will almost immediately feel a deep and unapologetic sense of anger and even, dare I say, hatred towards one Caleb Becker. He even wants everyone’s complete trust and forgiveness restored, which is just unrealistic, I mean, can’t he get it through his thick skull what he had done?! Geesh.
And then there is Maggie, and she is so weak, almost childlike and is searching desperately for the easy way out of things, you kind of wonder why an injury like that didn’t make her stronger, you know?
So you have these two total opposites, who have a shared history and live right next to each other, might I add. And you have about two hundred pages to go. You will begin to question Mrs. Elkeles brain cells, because how in the world is she going to bring these two together and make you fall in love with them, while they fall in love?
Oh, ye of little literary faith.
Basically, magic happens and a wise old woman gets a project, but it’s never conspiratorial, she sort of walks blind into her own way to help the two kids who stumbled into her life. When they all three say goodbye, I just kept reading and “watching” that scene over and over, it’s the most well-written last scene of a book! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!
I want to read the sequel because by the end of the book the two characters changed places, Maggie got stronger and stopped running, while Caleb gave up and kept going. Wow. Simone Elkeles, you are a miracle worker! I can’t wait to see how they return to each other, and return to Paradise.