Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Review: Return to Paradise

Return to Paradise
Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Flux
Published: September 1, 2010
Number of Pages: 302

Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did—and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past—and a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise—and Maggie—forever. When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie let Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?

I am a huge fan of Simone Elkeles. Huge. In My opinion, Return to Paradise was proof of how amazing a writer she is. And by that I don't mean I absolutely loved this book and it was perfect. Actually I didn't like the characters or the plot, But somehow Elkeles managed to pull me in and actually enjoy this book.

The main characters, Caleb and Maggie, are not two of my favorites. I wouldn't say that I didn't like them, but at certain points they both annoyed me. They were both super whiny, for one. Also, if Maggie wasn't mad at Caleb, Caleb was angry at Maggie. This stopped eventually but it did get really old.

The plot was alright. But like I said, the first half-- maybe a little more-- went back and forth way too much. Also, and this may be just me, but I found it just a tad anti-climactic. But just a little.

It may seem like I don't like this book book, but I do. I actually liked it a lot. Whatever Elkeles did to make me like it through the flaws and kinks, it was amazing. Who else could ever do that? I was so torn through the book because this has never happened to me before. I mean, Return to Paradise is no Perfect Chemistry or Rules of Attraction, but there aren't many books that are. I did enjoy Return to Paradise, though, and if you're a cheesy romantic like me I would recommend this along with the first, Leaving Paradise.

3.5 hearts

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