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Return to Paradise

by Simone Elkeles

Llewellyn Worldwide | September 8, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Return to Paradise is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

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Flux''s First New York Times Bestseller!

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of RULES OF ATTRACTION Comes the Sequel to 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. 

Praise for Leaving Paradise:

"Elkeles writes convincingly about family tensions, retreating from painful reality, and teens outgrowing their old skins."—School Library Journal

"Elkeles creates raw emotions, dialogue, and high-school ambience that’s just right… [A] delicate, delicious love story."—Booklist

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: September 8, 2010

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0738718688

ISBN - 13: 9780738718682

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply great "Maggie?" "Yeah?" "Thanks." "For what?" "For making me feel alive again." Return To Paradise completely broke my heart and cracked me open then sewed me back together again. It's simple and has a sort of elegance to it that is amazing and it's sweet and cute, but it's also hot and thrilling and intense. I love it. It's the sequel to Leaving Paradise. In Return to Paradise, Maggie and Caleb are reunited at a summer program where they are faced with their past and their old feelings for each other, that never actually went away... they try to learn to trust, to live and to live again. Both characters have totally grown, and although Caleb's behavior is confusing sometimes and even though his crazy actions are justified (at least to him they are) the transition where he begins to accept himself and his life is a bit quick. Also there are some sappy parts, which i personally dont like, but they really don't make a difference in the end, anyway, because it's still so sweet and heartwarming and tragic and powerful. I don't have anything else to say. Return to Paradise is simply emotional and the story is moving, everything about it is incredible.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Sexy Sequel Wow. I swear I usually hate sequels. There are few where the sequel is actually as great as the first and this book was one of them. Throughout the book I was constantly like, WOAH! It was so amazing! I finished it in a day; it was that good. I read so fast I thought my eyeballs were going to catch on fire since I was barely blinking. Anyways, Return to Paradise really brings out the depth of Maggie and Caleb's relationship. I love how it's given from both points of view and how it feels like you're feeling exactly what they're feeling too. This book is a continuation of their relationship but a few months later but honestly, when the book starts, it doesn't seem all that different from when they rejected each other in the first book. It seems like everything that went on between them didn't happen and they were back to barely talking. Or something like that. The two main characters in this book share a bond that I think, anyone in their right mind would be envious of. I swoon at how they feel for each other, even if they're in denial half the time. I adore this messed up love story and I wish that it hadn't ended but of course, everything ends and I was content with the ending also so everything's good. I would recommend this to all girls (and some guys too) but if you haven't read the first book then read that one first. You'll fall in love, I know it!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars WOW, The Sequel This is the sequel to Leaving Paradise and I loved it, it was even better than the first and Simone Elkeles is a great writer. I'm not going to say anything else except pick up these books cause there great and if you haven't heard of Simone Elkeles look her up, she's AMAZING. :0)
Date published: 2010-09-15

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Return to Paradise

by Simone Elkeles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: September 8, 2010

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0738718688

ISBN - 13: 9780738718682

About the Book

The Sequel to Flux Bestseller Leaving Paradise! 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?

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Available Now!

Flux''s First New York Times Bestseller!

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of RULES OF ATTRACTION Comes the Sequel to 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. 

Praise for Leaving Paradise:

"Elkeles writes convincingly about family tensions, retreating from painful reality, and teens outgrowing their old skins."—School Library Journal

"Elkeles creates raw emotions, dialogue, and high-school ambience that’s just right… [A] delicate, delicious love story."—Booklist

 

About the Author

Simone Elkeles received a Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and a Master's of Science degree in industrial relations from Loyola University-Chicago. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees. Her books include Perfect Chemistry, How to Ruin a Summer Vacation, How to Ruin My Teenage Life, and Leaving Paradise. She was voted the Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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