Book summary: Leaving Paradise

2007 BY SIMONE ELKELES

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 abroadher chance to escape everyone and their pitying stareshas been canceled.After a year in juvenile jail, Calebs 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. Its a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

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