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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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Welcome to the third 'Still on my Mind' post over here at YA-Aholic! Every Thursday I (and hopefully you too!) will feature a book that you read months or even YEARS ago that was so good (or so scary/unique/funny..etc) that it is 'Still on my (your) Mind!' I hope you join in! If you want to find out more about Still on my Mind meme click here!

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
First book in the Leaving Paradise series
Purchase Leaving Paradise:Amazon.Amazon UK.B&N.TBD

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.

Swoon worthy quote from Leaving Paradise!

"Are you following me?" she asks, but doesn't meet my gaze.
"Yeah," I say.
I give her the only honest and true answer I have. "You're where I want to be.." 

A year later and I am still so in love with this book. I know tons of people love Simone Elkeles Perfect Chemistry series. But I can easily say I love her Leaving Paradise series SO much more. I am normally not one to even like contemporary novels that much, but this one easily blew me away! Leaving Paradise has one of the best romances I have ever read, the romance between Caleb and Maggie was heartwarming, and heartbreaking all in one. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an amazing romance, or a great contemporary read! (: (I seriously think I may read this again when I get off was SO good!!)

Leave a comment with a link to your still on my mind post, and I'll add you to the list!


Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

Here's mine for the week:

I read this series while in transition from from moving. I picked it up because you were raving about it and you were definitely spot on. I STILL have to read the other series you suggested, Perfect Chemistry. I have the first two of the series so I'm half-way there. ;)You're made so many great recommendation over the past year or so and I'm struggling to keep up. ;)

Great pick. :)

Bianca said...

Great choice. Leaving Paradise is a great book. One of my many many favorites. I also really liked the first Perfect Chemistry books.

Here is mine :)

Hazal said...

I have also chosen a contemporary book that I LOVED so much and still do! Here's the URL to the post ->

Yiota said...

There are some books with romances, which you just want to read again and again don't they?
I'm really into fantasy now, but i will have it in mind for when i need a break :D

Today at Still On My Mind i'm talking about my first YA book! Still On My Mind #3

The Romance Bookie said...

OMG I LOVE Simone Elkeles's work! She is amazing! I've read all of her novels and loved each one! Great choice! :)

Cindy said...

I love this feature, it's an awesome idea! I've never read this book but...I must :)

aparajita said...

Great pick...seriously i need to check out Simone Elkeles one of these days.

Thanks for adding my Still On My Mind post #3

Kim said...

This has been on my to-read list for the longest time! I should really go out and buy it. It sounds like a book you could read over and over again! (:

Cathy De Los Santos said...

I agree with you, I love all her books and all her series. They really do stay with you. All characters.

Victoria Scott said...

Looks SO good. Must read this now!!! And yes, I loved her PERFECT CHEMISTRY series, so these should be a shoe-in for me!

Nea said...

Haley!! Thank you for sharing this <3 <3 it looks perfect! I'm gonna read it! :) :)

bookworm105 said...

This sounds really good! I'll check it out!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Alba said...

I LOVED this book as well! >.< And you might be right :D I think I liked them even more than the Perfect Chemistry ones :D

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this book as well. That quote is one of my favourite parts.

Safari Poet

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