Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise By Simone Elkeles
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Series: Leaving Paradise

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.

So here we are again with Caleb getting into trouble.  It's been 8 months since he left and now he's live with Rio, Julio's cousin.  What happens?  The cops bust in the house due to drugs, Caleb goes to the station and Damon comes and bails him out.  Damon gives him two choices either join his Re-Start program which he has to go around with a group of teens telling them how reckless driving is not the thing to do and the consequences that come with that.  Or he can go back to jail.  Of course he chooses the Re-Start program, he goes there and who happens to be on the trip with him?  You've guessed it, Maggie. 

Are they going to finally hash out all their issues.  It's back and forth with them for a while but you can obviously see how much they each want each other.  Everyone in the group can see it as well.  There's one exercise they have that has to deal with trust and that's when all hell breaks out and the truth finally comes out.  Caleb wasn't the one who hit Maggie with the car.

After the program Caleb finally returns home, to a mother who is in rehab, a father who is still clueless and a sister who seems better but is not completely free yet.  He tries to convince her ton finally admit what happened. 

We meet a lot of new great characters in this book such as Lenny, Trish and Julio is bought more into the picture as well.  Lenny is just hilarious and you can't help but like him even if he is an ass, he's had it tough and his story really is sad.  Julio finally gets out and helps everyone see what they could do, how strong they are.  Trish is one of the other people in the Re-start program and her and Lenny are just too good together.

Of course Maggie and Caleb's relationship is up and down in the book but I love to see their relationship grow because they are so different but so perfect together.  I really enjoyed this book and will definitely take the time to check out Simone's other books.  Great quick and easy read.


This is my second book on my list for the 2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge.  I don't have a formal list of all the books I want to read but there are many and this is just one of many.  Happy reading everyone!!

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