Series: Leaving Paradise, Book 1
Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.
What I thoughtI don't know why I put this one off as long as I did. But I'm glad I finally read it. It was a really emotional read seeing the two different sides of how drunk driving can destroy lives. There were hardships on both sides and while at first I wasn't sure I would like Caleb, I actually started to feel for him pretty fast after really getting into his story.
I was able to figure this one out pretty quick. While I was a little disappointed (only a little) about figuring that out, I did discover I didn't figure out the whole thing. Watching as both Maggie and Caleb struggled pulled on the heart strings a bit. In the end, I was rooting for them both. I thought they both deserved someone who truly understood them, and it happened to be each other.
Both had a lot to deal with. I was really glad it wasn't one sided. We got to hear from both Caleb and Maggie and I think if the story had been written in only one characters point of view, it would have fallen apart. Definitely not your average ya romance, but definitely worth the read.
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