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Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
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Jan 09, 12

bookshelves: personal-favorites, second-chances, good-girl-falls-for-bad-boy
Read from January 08 to 09, 2012

Readers Return to Paradise eight months since Caleb left town, not only leaving Maggie broken hearted but keeping the secrets of that horrible night with him. Although they still wanted each other, the both of them have moved on with their lives – as much as they could. Maggie just finished high school and is finally leaving for Spain in a few months while Caleb is making ends meet in Chicago.

However, another bad choice led the both of them back in each other’s company. Caleb was forced to come on a summer trip with four other teens whose lives were also changed by driving under the influence of alcohol. Now, being thrown together had the confuse and a lot of question stand in the middle of them: what-if Caleb never left? What if they get back together? what if Caleb finally tell the truth of what happened that night?

What I like about a sequel novel is that I see how the characters developed and grows. While Maggie finally found the strength and courage to fear whatever that comes her way, Caleb on the other hand, became more brusque and confrontational, though you can actually see a lost boy underneath the strong façade. A bonus would be meeting brand new characters that would add spice to the story. In Return to Paradise, Maggie and Caleb are joined by Lenny, Matt, Julio, Erin and Trish – every one of them has their own surprising and interesting story to share.

Simone Elkeles once again proved that she can make a wonderful love story interwoven with delicate issues faced by teens today. The issues may be sensitive- but she threads it lightly to a point that it will impact its readers. Return to Paradise is about second chances, about how a bad thing in life can turn out to be something good.

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